Steve Smith broke another Test record as Australia frustrated England
Steve Smith broke another Test record as Australia frustrated England (Picture: Getty)

Australia batsman Steve Smith broke the record for the most successive half-centuries against a single opponent after contiuning his stunning form in final Ashes Test at The Oval.

Replying to England’s first-innings total of 294, Australia slipped to 14-2 when Jofra Archer removed opening batsmen David Warner and Marcus Harris.

Smith and Marnus Labuschange steadied the innings, however, combining to put on 69 before Archer claimed his third wicket of the day, trapping Labuschange LBW for 48.

But former Australia captain Smith was not to be denied another fifty and, by reaching the landmark, became the first player to make ten successive 50+ scores against a single opponent.

Most consecutive 50+ scores vs a single team in Tests

Steve Smith (Australia v England) – 10*

Inzamam-ul-Haq (Pakistan v England) – 9

Clive Lloyd (West Indies v England) – 8

Jacques Kallis (South Africa v Pakistan) – 8

Kumar Sangakkara (Sri Lanka v Bangladesh) – 8 

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The star batsman finally departed for 80, after being trapped LBW by Chris Woakes, as Australia were bowled out for 225 in reply to England’s 294.

In his first Test appearance since being banned for 12 months for ball-tampering, Smith scored twin centuries in Australia’s emphatic win at Edgbaston.

The 30-year-old made 92 at Lord’s but missed the second innings of that match and the third Test at Headingley due to concussion.

Returning to the side at Old Trafford, Smith made a double century and 82 to set-up Australia’s Ashes-clinching 185-run win.

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