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Australia set England 398 to win first Ashes Test

Australia's captain Tim Paine signals for his batsmen to come in as they declare on 487 for 7 on the fourth day of the first Ashes cricket Test match between England and Australia at Edgbaston in Birmingham, central England on August 4, 2019. Photograph:( AFP )

AFP Birmingham Aug 04, 2019, 11.17 PM (IST)

Australia set England an imposing target of 398 to win the first Ashes Test after the visitors declared their second innings on 487-7 late on the fourth day at Edgbaston on Sunday.

Steve Smith made 142, his second hundred of the match, in his first Test since he completed a 12-month ban for his role in last year's ball-tampering scandal in South Africa.

Matthew Wade scored 110 as Australia piled on the runs against an England attack missing James Anderson, unable to bowl after breaking down with a calf injury earlier in the match.

England will need to set a new national record if they are to achieve an unlikely victory. The most they have ever made in the fourth innings to win a Test is 332-7 against Australia at Melbourne, back in 1928/29.

Australia 1st Innings 284 (S Smith 144; S Broad 5-86, C Woakes 3-58)

England 1st Innings 374 (R Burns 133, J Root 57, B Stokes 50; P Cummins 3-84, N Lyon 3-112)

Australia 2nd Innings (overnight: 124-3)

C. Bancroft c Buttler b Ali                  7
D. Warner c Bairstow b Broad                 8
U. Khawaja c Bairstow b Stokes              40
S. Smith c Bairstow b Woakes               142 
T. Head c Bairstow b Stokes                 51
M. Wade c Denly b Stokes                   110
T. Paine b Ali                               34
J. Pattinson not out                         47
P. Cummins not out                           26
Extras (b11, lb2, nb6, w3)                   22

Total (7 wickets declared, 112 overs, 500 mins)    487

Did not bat: P Siddle, N Lyon

Fall of wickets: 1-13 (Warner), 2-27 (Bancroft), 3-75 (Khawaja), 4-205 (Head), 5-331 (Smith), 6-407 (Wade), 7-409 (Paine)
Bowling: Broad 22-2-91-1 (1w); Woakes 13-1-46-1 (1w); Ali 29-1-130-2 (2nb); Root 12-1-50-0; Stokes 22-5-85-3 (4nb, 1w); Denly 14-1-72-0

England: Rory Burns, Jason Roy, Joe Root (capt), Joe Denly, Jos Buttler, Ben Stokes, Jonny Bairstow (wkt), Moeen Ali, Chris Woakes, Stuart Broad, James Anderson

Match position: England set 398 to win 

Toss: Australia

Umpires: Joel Wilson (WIS), Aleem Dar (PAK)

TV umpire: Chris Gaffaney (NZL)

Match referee: Ranjan Madugalle (SRI)

Story highlights

Steve Smith made 142, his second hundred of the match, in his first Test since he completed a 12-month ban for his role in last year's ball-tampering scandal in South Africa.