السبت , يونيو 13 2020

Smith fails again in Australia draw

Australia Test captain-elect Steve Smith fell for a duck as his side drew their rain-affected three-day tour match against Northants.

Maurice Chambers had Smith caught behind off the 12th ball of the day after Australia resumed on 13-1.

The tourists slipped to 87-5 before Mitchell Marsh’s 68 and Pat Cummins’ unbeaten 82 carried them to 312-9.

Australia face England in the final Ashes Test at The Oval starting on Thursday, having

lost the series.

Smith, 26, who was this week named as

Michael Clarke’s successor as Test captain

after the Ashes, has not scored more than eight in his past five innings.

Marsh, dropped for the fourth Test, hit 11 fours and a six to complement his figures of 4-56 on the second day, while Cummins added 98 for the ninth wicket with Nathan Lyon, who made 41.

Australia-born Steven Crook claimed 3-38 for Northants a day after he

scored a career-best 142 not out.

Australia rested five players, including the three-man pace attack of Mitchell Johnson, Mitchell Starc and Josh Hazlewood, from the side that lost the fourth Test and the Ashes at Trent Bridge.

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