Smith hits 2nd century, Australia leads England by 266

BIRMINGHAM, England (AP) — Steve Smith scored another century and the first test swung firmly in Australia's direction on Sunday with a 266-run lead at tea as England endured its worst day so far.

The prolific batsman scored his 25th test century as he became only the fifth Australian — and the first since Matthew Hayden in Brisbane in 2002 — to register twin tons in the same Ashes match.

Smith was caught behind off Chris Woakes after his latest formidable display at Edgbaston.

His 144 in the first innings rescued Australia from oblivion while his 142 on the fourth day ushered the tourists to 356-5 and an imposing lead of 266 at tea.

There were supporting roles for Travis Head (51) and Matthew Wade (86 not out), both of whom shared century partnerships with Smith, as the continued absence of England's record wicket-taker Jimmy Anderson limited their options.

England confirmed that Anderson will not be available to bowl for the remainder of the match. He will bat if needed.


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