• Australia reached 481 with 143 coming from new captain Steve Smith
  • There was also 85 from David Warner and 58 from No 8 Mitchell Starc
  • England managed just 107 for eight by the end of day two at The Oval

Lawrence Booth for the Daily Mail

England collapsed at The Oval while Australia got this Ashes dead rubber off to a fine start from their point of view.

Australia’s total of 481 came with 143 from new captain Steve Smith as they steered this Test possibly beyond England’s reach.

Sportsmail’s Lawrence Booth has all the stats, facts and key moments from day two at The Oval.

Shot of the day

It was easily forgotten amid the carnage that followed, but Alastair Cook’s hook for four off Mitchell Johnson in the fourth over of England’s reply was full of authority. Shame about the rest of the innings.

Alastair Cook's hook for a boundary off Mitchell Johnson in the fourth over was brilliant

Alastair Cook’s hook for a boundary off Mitchell Johnson in the fourth over was brilliant

Ball of the day

The selection for this Test of Peter Siddle ahead of Pat Cummins has been consistently ridiculed by Shane Warne up in the commentary box, but his bail-trimmer to get rid of Ian Bell was completely unplayable.

The selection  of Peter Siddle ahead of Pat Cummins was justified as he got Ian Bell out (pictured)

The selection of Peter Siddle ahead of Pat Cummins was justified as he got Ian Bell out (pictured)

Siddle (pictured) being selected ahead of Cummins has been consistently ridiculed by Shane Warne

Siddle (pictured) being selected ahead of Cummins has been consistently ridiculed by Shane Warne

Hero of the day

Steve Smith overcame a horror run of 26 runs in four innings at Edgbaston and Trent Bridge – plus a duck in the tour game at Northampton – to turn his overnight 78 into a classy 143 and become the first batsman in the series to pass 500 runs.

Steve Smith  turned his overnight 78 into 143 and became the first batsman in the series to pass 500 runs

Steve Smith turned his overnight 78 into 143 and became the first batsman in the series to pass 500 runs

Villain of the day

Umpires Aleem Dar and Kumar Dharmasena ignored an absurd number of no-balls, especially from Mitchell Johnson. They have become over-reliant on the technology bailing them out.

Umpires Aleem Dar and Kumar Dharmasena ignored an absurd number of no-balls on day two

Umpires Aleem Dar and Kumar Dharmasena ignored an absurd number of no-balls on day two

Moment of the day

Steven Finn thought he had his 100th Test wicket when Smith nicked a wide one through to Jos Buttler on 92. But Finn immediately sensed something was wrong – and replays showed a big no-ball, unnoticed by the officials. Four overs later, Finn reached the landmark, having Mitchell Marsh caught in the slips.

Steven Finn got his 100th Test wicket (pictured) by getting Mitchell Marsh caught in the slips

Steven Finn got his 100th Test wicket (pictured) by getting Mitchell Marsh caught in the slips

Lyth and Cook failing 

Adam Lyth’s latest failure, which took his Ashes tally to 105 runs at an average of 13, means his opening partnership with Alastair Cook has yet to put on more than 32 in eight attempts in the series. In all, they’ve managed 128 in eight innings at 16, which compares poorly with Chris Rogers and David Warner. The Australian openers, who began this Test with a stand of 110, have put on 514 runs at 64, with three century stands. Moeen Ali is favourite to replace Lyth at the top of the order against Pakistan in the UAE in October.

Adam Lyth’s latest failure means his opening partnership with Alastair Cook has gotten even more dire 

Adam Lyth’s latest failure means his opening partnership with Alastair Cook has gotten even more dire 

Two amazing stats

2: Wins for Australia at The Oval since Don Bradman’s Invincibles triumphed here in 1948. They are odds on for a third.

4: Number of times Jos Buttler has fallen to Australian off-spinner Nathan Lyon in this series. His Ashes batting average is now 11. 

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