As England reduced Australia into 68-3 at lunch in their bid for a series-tying draw day four of the fifth Ashes Test at The Oval, stuart Broad discounted David Warner for the seventh time in the series.
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Warner (11) edged Broad into Rory Burns at slip to finish a dreadful string with 95 runs in 10 innings at an average of 9.50 – the left-hander’s closing knock only the next time he reached double figures.
Warner and Marcus Harris (9) had completed Australia’s highest opening stand that this summer – a paltry 18 – before Broad sent Harris’ away stump cartwheeling from round the wicket.
Australia, pursuing 399 for success after dismissing England for 329, were subsequently steadied from the usual suspects Steve Smith (18no) and also Marnus Labuschagne (14) – just for Jack Leach to develop a delivery beyond the latter’s outside edge and have him stumped by Jonny Bairstow.
Leach (9) and Jofra Archer (3) fell inside 20 minutes after England had resumed on 313-8 – Archer out caught behind on inspection after he had been shown to get gloved Pat Cummins down the leg-side, also Leach caught off Nathan Lyon (4-69) in mid-on after top-edging a sweep.
Broad swelled the complete of England by thumping two sixes off Cummins, until one for Leach and his 2 wickets boosted his hopes of a 2-2 draw.
Smith – who now has Matthew Wade (10no) for company – stands in their way, however.
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