Leeds — The absence through injury of leading Australia batsman Steve Smith gives England a golden chance to level the Ashes series in the third Test at Headingley, but the hosts must resolve their own batting problems first.

Smith, who averages 126 in the series which Australia lead 1-0, was struck by a bouncer from fast bowler Jofra Archer in the first innings of the second Test at Lord’s and was replaced by “concussion sub” Marnus Labuschagne for the second innings...

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