Steve Smith inspires Australia fightback

Australia skipper Steve Smith helps steady the ship after the hosts lose their first four wickets for just 76 runs on the second day of The Ashes.

Australia have ended the day on 165-4 after skipper Steve Smith posted an unbeaten 64 on the second day of The Ashes in Brisbane.

Having ended the first day on 196-4, England extended their tally through Dawid Malan (56) and Moeen Ali (38) - a profitable partnership of 83 for the fifth wicket - before losing their last six wickets for just 56 runs.

Chris Woakes was out for a duck and Jonny Bairstow could only manage nine, with Stuart Broad's 20 taking the visitors up to a total of 302 all out.

The momentum appeared to be in Australia's favour as they began their reply but they found themselves on the ropes by tea with four wickets down for just 76 runs.

Cameron Bancroft (5) was out early on his Test debut, caught by Bairstow from a Broad delivery in just the third over of the innings, before Ali took out Usman Khawaja (11) lbw.

David Warner could only contribute 26 before his short chip found Malan just before tea, Peter Handscomb (14) then falling to James Anderson to leave the Aussies in danger of an embarrassing collapse.

Over to Smith, however, who put in a resolute display at the crease with 64* - his 22nd Test fifty - to steady the ship alongside Shaun Marsh (44*).

Australia will enter the third day trailing England by 137.

Australia's Steve Smith in action on day one of the Third Test on July 29, 2015
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