MANCHESTER – Majestic Steve Smith scored his third century of the Ashes series as Australia reached 245 for five at lunch on the second day of the fourth test at Old Trafford.
Smith was fortunate to survive the second over of the day when Jofra Archer dropped a caught and bowled chance after his full toss was driven straight back at him.
While England will rue that missed opportunity to remove the world's top ranked test batsman, who has looked in form despite missing the last test due to concussion, Stuart Broad did give the home crowd some early cheer.
Broad removed Travis Head, who had struggled throughout his innings, with a plumb leg before to leave the tourists at 183 for four.
But after a nervy start, Smith found his comfort zone in more suitable conditions then Wednesday's gusty winds and rain.