Steve Smith hit second century on his return on Sunday, while Australia gave England an impressive 398 to win the first game of the Ashes in Edgbaston.
Ashes-holders Australia, bidding to win their first Test series away to England in 18 years, made 487-7 declared in their second innings as they capitalised on the absence from the home side´s attack of the injured James Anderson.
That left England needed 398 to win, and they did their best in the fourth inning to win a test 332-7 against Australia at Melbourne in back 1928/29.
Australia captain Tim Paine´s declaration late on Sunday´s fourth day left England with an awkward seven overs to bat before stumps.
The statement of the Australian captain Tim Paine at the end of the fourth day of Sunday left England with seven overs to bat before the stumps.
Rory Burns, fresh from his maiden Test century in the first innings, and Surrey teammate Jason Roy saw England to 13-0 at the close.
Smith scored 142 following his 144 in the first innings of the game, the first test since the former Australian captain since the end of a 12-month ban for his role in the ball-tampering scandal in South Africa.
Meanwhile Matthew Wade marked his first Test for nearly two years with a fine 110.
Smith now scored 1,116 points in his last 10 Ashes innings, an unsurpassed figure of 1,236 scored in the same period by Don Bradman, widely regarded as the best test cricket batsman.
And he is only the fifth Australian who has marked centuries in both innings of the ashes test.
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