Smith: It’s the best we’ve bowled all series


Australia vice-captain Steve Smith has praised his bowlers after the Aussies ended day two of the fifth and final Ashes against England at the Oval in a dominant position.

After resuming the day on 287 for three, the Aussies racked up 481 all out with Smith hitting a patient 143. The visitors then reduced the home side to 107 for eight at stumps.

With the series already lost, the Australia attack bowled with plenty of purpose on a good batting wicket as they initiated a stunning batting collapse from the hosts.

Allrounder Mitch Marsh took three wickets while spinner Nathan Lyon and returning seamer Peter Siddle took two wickets each.

After the day's play, Smith told Sky Sports: "It was a very good day. It was nice to get 481 on board. The bowlers today, it's the best we've bowled all series.

"They created lot of pressure, made them earn their runs and picked up wickets – it speaks for itself. We didn't over-attack too much. We put the ball in the right spot. There's enough in the wicket and we made the batters earn their runs.

"We haven't done it too much in this series. I thought we did that well today."