Steven Smith rescued Australia with his second Test ton whereas David Warner, Brad Haddin and Mitchell Johnson assisted him well in the 2nd Test vs. England.
The misery of poor batting for England continued in their second innings of the 2nd Test when they lost six wickets and were heading towards another defeat.
Mitchell Johnson crippled the English bowling line up with his fiery bowling spell in the first innings as Australia anticipates a successive win in the series.
The Aussies amassed 492 runs with one wicket still in hand when their first innings was declared and England managed 247 for the loss of four wickets in 116 overs.
A maiden Test ton by the middle order batsman of Australia, Steven Smith, consolidated the position of the visitors vs. England in the ongoing 5th Test at Oval.
The English batting line up started sliding towards decline against the lethal bowling of Australia as the hosts survived a most likely defeat due to weather.
The touring Australians anticipate their maiden win in the series against England, subject to favourable weather, after losing the first two Investec Tests.
The visiting Australians are still in command of the third Test as England requires more than 200 runs with three wickets left to level the 1st Innings score.