Australia were bowled out for 225 in their first innings of the last Ashes Test match being played at the Oval cricket ground in London. This meant that the hosts England now have a lead of 69 runs in the first innings.
Steve Smith once again emerged as the top-scorer for the Aussies as he played a fine knock of 80 before being adjudged LBW off the bowling of Chris Woakes. Smith was earlier dropped when he was batting at 66.
Aside from Archer, Sam Curran too bowled brilliantly and was on a hat-trick when he bowled Tim Paine and Pat Cummins with two successive deliveries. Curran finished 3-46 with the remaining wicket going to Woakes.
Earlier, England were bowled out for 294 with Jos Buttler top-scoring with 70 runs.
Australia have already retained the Ashes and are leading the series 2-1. A win at the Oval will be hugely morale-boosting for the hosts since this will help them avoid their first series defeat since 2014 and first to Australia in 18 years.
Former England captain Michael Vaughan said, “Ouststanding from England today …. @JofraArcher & Sam Curran Leading the way …. The Aussie batting apart from the freak @stevesmith49 & Marnus …. #Garbage !!!!!!!!!!! #Ashes.”
— Michael Vaughan (@MichaelVaughan) September 13, 2019
Scores in brief:
England 294 & 9-0: Burns 4*, Denly 1*
Australia 225: Smith 80, Archer 6-62
England lead by 78 runs