Jofra Archer helped England take control of the fifth Ashes Test
Jofra Archer helped England take charge of the fifth Ashes Test (Picture: Getty)

Jofra Archer took six wickets as England bowled Australia out for 225 and took charge of the final Ashes Test at The Oval.

Replying to England’s 294 all out, Steve Smith scored his tenth consecutive Ashes half-century and Marnus Labuschange made 48 before Australia lost seven wickets for 107 runs.

Archer claimed his second Test five-wicket haul and was brilliant at both ends of the innings but it was a spell from Sam Curran (3-46) that swung the momentum in England’s favour and gave Joe Root’s side a substantial 69-run lead.

England openers Rory Burns and Joe Denly then survived a tricky period in the dying light to ensure the hosts reached the close with their ten second-innings wickets still in tact.

Australia retained the Ashes after claiming victory in the fourth Test but now face an uphill battle to prevent England from levelling the series.

England impressed on day two as they look to level the series
England impressed on day two as they look to level the series (Picture: Getty)

Resuming on 271-8, Jos Buttler and Jack Leach added 23 runs to the total before the former was bowled by Pat Cummins and the latter was bowled by Mitchell Marsh.

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The final wicket ensured Marsh, playing his first match of the series, finished with figures of 5-46.

Australia’s openers have endured a dismal series and it took England just 11 balls to make the breakthrough, with David Warner dismissed for his eighth single-digit score of the series after being given out caught behind.

Warner was initially given not out but England opted to review and the decision was overturned despite replays appearing to show a slight gap between bat and ball.

Steve Smith scored his tenth successive half-century against England
Steve Smith scored his tenth successive half-century against England (Picture: Getty)

Archer’s performance in the fourth Test came under some scrutiny but he was back to his best here and had Marcus Harris caught at second slip to leave Australia 14-2.

Harris’ departure saw Australia’s two leading run-scorers of the series come together and once again Smith and Labuschange combined to thwart the hosts.

Labuschange was the more fluent of the pair, hitting ten boundaries in his 48, while Smith showed the patience and skill that fans have become all-too familiar with this summer.

A long session in the field appeared to be facing England with Australia’s in-form duo offering no chances after lunch but Archer then returned to break the partnership, trapping Labuschange LBW two short of his fifty.

Sam Curran, playing his first Ashes match, took three wickets
Sam Curran, playing his first Ashes match, took three wickets (Picture: Getty)

Matthew Wade, without a fifty since scoring a century in the first Test of the series, made 19 before becoming Curran’s first victim of the day, unsuccessfully reviewing with DRS showing the ball would have clipped leg-stump.

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Smith, meanwhile, moved to yet another half-century – his tenth in a row against England – to hold the innings together and take Australia to 147-4 at tea.

But the record-breaking batsman required another partner shortly after the interval as all-rounder Marsh, so impressive with the ball, was caught at fine leg hooking off Archer.

England seized the momentum from that moment, allowing Australia to score just six runs from the next five overs before Curran removed Tim Paine and Pat Cummins in consecutive balls.

Rory Burns and Joe Denly will look to extend England's lead on day three
Rory Burns and Joe Denly will look to extend England’s lead on day three (Picture: Getty)

While missing out on an Ashes hat-trick, Curran’s pressure told at the other end as Chris Woakes, recalled to the England side in replace of Craig Overton, dismissed Smith for 80, his lowest score of the series.

Australia still trailed England by 100 runs when Smith departed but Nathan Lyon soon cut into that figure by smashing five boundaries, including a maximum off Woakes.

Archer prevented any more damage, however, bowling Lyon with a superb slower-ball yorker, before Burns produced a brilliant catch to wrap up the innings and hand Archer his sixth wicket.

Leading by 69 runs, Burns and Denly survived the final four overs of the day – despite Denly being dropped off Josh Hazlewood – to leave England in a strong position in the Test.

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