Day four of the second Ashes Test ended firmly in the balance, England 104 ahead with six second-innings wickets in hand heading into a finely-poised final day. But there was one huge talking point out of so many after an exhilarating afternoon duel between England’s debutant Jofra Archer and Steve Smith.
Smith was led from the field but returned just 40 minutes later after passing concussion tests, dismissed softly by Chris Woakes for 92 and looking understandably shaken.
Australia eventually wrapped up eight behind on 250, and England – at 9-2 for one point – fought back to set up a tantalising day five, with Ben Stokes (16*) and Jos Buttler (10) at the crease and the hosts leading by 104 runs.
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