England take five in morning session – with Curran…

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By Press Association

Published: 19:45 EST, 26 December 2017 | Updated: 20:46 EST, 26 December 2017

Stuart Broad consolidated England’s fightback after Tom Curran bagged Steve Smith as a prize maiden Test wicket on day two at the MCG.

Curran, denied his first Test victim when David Warner was reprieved by a third-umpire no-ball call the previous afternoon, struck instead by shifting the prolific Australia captain.

Smith (78) tried to carve a short ball into the off-side from the debutant seamer only to edge back on to his stumps and end his stand of 100 with Shaun Marsh (61) as he was dismissed for the first time in a Test at this venue since 2014.

England's Tom Curran took the wicket of Australia's Steve Smith (Jason O'Brien/PA)

England's Tom Curran took the wicket of Australia's Steve Smith (Jason O'Brien/PA)

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Australia, 3-0 up and with the Ashes in the bag already, lost four further wickets in the session – two more drag-ons and two lbw successes for Broad (three for 51) in a lunchtime 326 for eight.

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