Cricket: Aussies Smith & Haddin haunt England with another rescue act
SYDNEY (REUTERS) - Steve Smith scored a sparkling century and put on 128 for the sixth wicket with Brad Haddin, to rescue Australia and push the hosts to 326 all out shortly before close of play on the first day of the fifth Ashes cricket Test against England on Friday.
England, desperate to avoid a 5-0 series sweep, lost a wicket in the gloaming when Mitchell Johnson had Michael Carberry caught at leg slip for a duck, leaving captain Alastair Cook (seven) and nightwatchman James Anderson (1) at 8-1 at stumps.
Smith was the final Australian wicket to fall for 115 and while his second century of the series put a thick layer of gloss on the day for the hosts, there was no doubt the momentum shifted with wicket-keeper Haddin's 90-ball 75.
Australia were well and truly on the ropes at 97-5 after England struck twice in the 15 minutes before lunch and then dismissed George Bailey for one within 10 minutes of the resumption.