They were to be disappointed with only a couple of half chances presenting themselves as Smith sent a couple of early edges fizzing through the slips. The 28-year-old was soon looking comfortable and unfussily swatted a single to backward square to pass the 6,000 career runs mark in his 111th test innings. Only the great Donald Bradman reached the milestone in fewer knocks.
"Mason Crane was pretty good but Moeen Ali struggled once again. The seamers, on both sides, look cooked. It's been a long series. " @MichaelVaughan ?? More Day 2 reaction ? https://t.co/8neIPt8Tz6 #ashes #bbccricket pic.twitter.com/NMjkmjJ8rL— Test Match Special (@bbctms) January 5, 2018
Having started the day with a brilliant diving catch in the slips to dismiss Dawid Malan, Smith walked off his home ground in the brilliant afternoon sunshine with 648 runs to his name in the series so far. The tourists, 3-0 down in the series with the urn already relinquished, earlier posted a competitive tally in the face of some fearsome pace bowling on the back of a hard wagging tail and some wasteful Australian catching. Australia came out after lunch to begin their innings in front of another packed house only for Stuart Broad to clean bowl Bancroft for a duck in the second over.
England need a breakthrough here, similar to what happened last night... Can they find a way to crush this crucial Aussie partnership? Australia 171/2 Khawaja 80* Smith 33* ?? Live ? https://t.co/8neIPt8Tz6 #ashes #bbccricket pic.twitter.com/0Yf5KSafgS— Test Match Special (@bbctms) January 5, 2018
Malan (62) lasted less than half an hour after they had resumed on 233 for five, Mitchell Starc eliciting an outside edge which Smith caught brilliantly to make some amends for three spills in his otherwise impeccable series. His fast bowlers then proceeded to produce a couple of howlers with Pat Cummins dropping Tom Curran on 21 off Nathan Lyon and, in the next over, Josh Hazlewood letting Moeen Ali off the hook with the all-rounder on 22.
Australia are 2/193 in reply to England's 346 at the close of play on Day 2 of the 5th #Ashes Test. Tune into the #OptusSport and @CricketAus Facebook pages NOW for a LIVE recap of Day 2. ? https://t.co/bFlonnGd9p pic.twitter.com/E6ZMZa2Pjv— Optus Sport (@OptusSport) January 5, 2018