Australia dismissed England for 294 on the second day of the fifth Ashes Test at the Oval on Friday, with dangerman Jos Buttler adding just six to his overnight score.
England pacer Jofra Archer took 6-62 as Australia was dismissed for 225 on Day 2 of the fifth Ashes Test, with star batter Steve Smith out for 80 in his lowest score of the series.
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ustralia have deposed India in the world Test rankings and Pakistan in the Twenty20 standings, the International Cricket Council (ICC) said on Friday.
Just two points separate Australia (116), New Zealand (115) and India (114), who slipped to third position in the Test standings, with cricket across all formats suspended due to the coronavirus pandemic. India had held the number one spot since October 2016.
Pakistan were 223-9 at stumps on the second day, with Rizwan 60 not out just as he started to up the tempo of his innings with only last man Naseem Shah for company.
After heavy defeats in Brisbane and Adelaide, the visitors must win in Melbourne to keep the five-Test series alive, with Australia only needing a draw to retain the urn as holders.
The tourists resumed in Melbourne on 31 for four, still 51 runs behind, after a disastrous final hour on Monday against some outstanding fast bowling that left their Ashes dreams in tatters.