Jofra’s ‘sixer’ gives Eng­land the edge

RAHUL’S FORM IN TESTS

The Times of India (New Delhi edition) - - Times Sport - First five Tests (upto Nov.20, 2017) 5 15 16 36 256 1165 585 2006

than twice as many runs as any other bats­man in the se­ries, un­der­pinned the vis­i­tors’ re­ply with more than four hours at the crease be­fore be­ing trapped lbw by Woakes on 80, his low­est score of this se­ries.

He built his in­nings cau­tiously, scor­ing nine fours and just one six, which came when he lofted a Jack Leach ball far over long on to bring up his half-cen­tury.

It was Smith’s 10th con­sec­u­tive 50 against Eng­land in Tests, the most in a row by any bats­men against any other na­tion in the long­est for­mat of the game. Smith has now scored 751 runs in six in­nings.

Eng­land had strug­gled to break the com­bi­na­tion of Smith and Mar nus Labuschagn­e for al­most an hour af­ter lunch be­fore Jofra Archer made the break­through, catch­ing Labuschagn­e out lbw on 48 with an in­swing­ing ball.

Sam Cur­ran then claimed the wicket of Matthew Wade, out lbw for 19 runs, bring­ing Mitchell Marsh to the crease.

NO SWEAT, MATE! Steve Smith picks him­self up af­ter div­ing to re­gain the crease when Eng­land wick­et­keeper Bairstow stim­u­lated a fake run-out at­tempt. Bairstow was trolled for his ac­tion with peo­ple ask­ing for penalty runs be awarded to Smith

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