Plays begins in Ashes after rain delay, Smith still absent

LONDON (AP) — Play has begun on Day 5 of the second Ashes test after a delay of 70 minutes because of rain — and Australia batsman Steve Smith has not taken the field.

Smith briefly retired hurt Saturday after being hit on the side of the neck by a vicious delivery from England paceman Jofra Archer. He returned after 40 minutes off the field following concussion tests, adding 12 runs before getting out for 92.

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Smith didn't field at the start of England's second innings and he remained absent Sunday, with Marnus Labuschagne acting as the substitute fielder.

England resumed on 96-4, with a lead of 104. The draw remains the most likely result.

Australia leads the five-match series 1-0.

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