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England v Australia day four snapshot

By AAP Newswire

ENGLAND v AUSTRALIA DAY FOUR OF THE SECOND TEST SNAPSHOT

STATE OF PLAY: England - 258 and 4-96 Australia 250 - England lead by 104 runs.

MAN OF THE DAY: Steve Smith. Held together Australia's innings yet again with a courageous knock of 92. Came back to the field 40 minutes after being hit on the neck by a sickening blow from a menacing Jofra Archer delivery to fall just short of fourth successive century in England.

KEY MOMENT: Archer reached speeds of 154kmh during a brilliant eight over spell and before felling Smith, he smashed him on his left arm an incident that appeared to rattle the previously immovable Sydneysider as England bowled the tourists out.

STAT OF THE DAY: Australia's failure to review two not out lbw decisions against Nathan Lyon late in the day denied them the chance to have England five wickets down and with a slender lead going into the last day.

QUOTE OF THE DAY: "I was saying 'mate are you sure you're OK?'. These are like my sons alright, so you're never going to put them in harm's way, even though you're always in harm's way with Test cricket. He was going: 'mate, I just want to get out there. I can't get up on the honours board unless I'm out batting." Coach Justin Langer on his conversation with Smith after he was hit.