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Dawid Malan falls to spectacular Steve Smith catch during fifth Ashes Test

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After a relatively promising Day 1 ended in misery for England in Sydney, the fifth and final Ashes Test was left firmly in the balance.

Joe Root and Dawid Malan played fine innings during the opening day, but all that good work was undone when the captain was dismissed on 83 late on, and instead of a nightwatchman going out to bat to see off the remaining few overs, Jonny Bairstow decided to take to the wicket.

After facing just a handful of balls, the England wicketkeeper was dismissed, all-but ruining England's lovely day's work.

The visitors started Day 2 on 233 runs, having lost five wickets, and they ended that innings picking up just over 100 runs.

All out for 346 with Root the highest scorer.

Despite the promising start, it all went a bits our for Root's men, and that could have stemmed from Bairstow's decision to go out to bat the final few overs of the first day.

However, credit must be given to Australia, who have been in a league of their own during this Ashes series.

Special credit needs to go to their captain Steve Smith, who once again proved his worth to his nation, but this time, in the field.

He's been so damaging to England with the bat, but in Sydney, he was damaging with his hands in the slip, as he took a sensational catch to dismiss Malan, who was on 62.

Facing Mitchell Starc, Malan could only edge the fast-paced delivery to slip, and Smith did the rest, diving low to his left and making a stunning one-handed catch.

Australia then continued their fine day at the crease, ending Day 2 on 193 runs, losing just two wickets.

David Warner hit a respectable 56 runs, whilst Smith sits on 44 not out.

However, it's Usman Khawaja who has done the most damage, as he will return to the crease tomorrow on 91.

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