Stuart Broad discounted David Warner for its seventh time at the show as Australia was reduced by England to 68-3 at dinner in their bidding to get a series-tying draw day four of the fifth Ashes Test at The Oval.
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Warner (11) edged Broad to Rory Burns at slip to end a dreadful string with 95 runs in 10 innings in an average of 9.50 – that the left-hander’s final knock only the second time he reached double figures.
Warner and Marcus Harris (9) had completed Australia’s greatest opening stand this summer – a paltry 18 – until Broad delivered Harris’ away stump cartwheeling from around the wicket.
Australia, pursuing 399 for victory after dismissing England for 329, were subsequently steadied from the typical suspects Steve Smith (18no) and also Marnus Labuschagne (14) – just for Jack Leach to turn a rescue beyond the latter’s outside edge and have him stumped by Jonny Bairstow.
Leach (9) and Jofra Archer (3) dropped inside 20 minutes after England had resumed 313-8 – Archer out caught behind on inspection after he had been demonstrated to own gloved Pat Cummins down the leg-side, and Leach captured off Nathan Lyon (4-69) in mid-on later top-edging a teaser.
Before one for Leach and his two wickets boosted his hopes of a 2-2 draw broad swelled the total of England by hammering two sixes off Cummins.
Smith – who currently has Matthew Wade (10no) for business – stands in their way, however.
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