Australia set England 398 to win first Ashes Test

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Australia's Steve Smith celebrates reaching his second century of the first Ashes Test at Edgbaston (AFP Photo/Lindsey Parnaby)

Australia's Steve Smith celebrates reaching his second century of the first Ashes Test at Edgbaston

Australia's Steve Smith celebrates reaching his second century of the first Ashes Test at Edgbaston (AFP Photo/Lindsey Parnaby)

Australia set England an imposing target of 398 to win the first Ashes Test after the visitors declared their second innings on 487-7 late on the fourth day at Edgbaston on Sunday.

Steve Smith made 142, his second hundred of the match, in his first Test since he completed a 12-month ban for his role in last year's ball-tampering scandal in South Africa.

Matthew Wade scored 110 as Australia piled on the runs against an England attack missing James Anderson, unable to bowl after breaking down with a calf injury earlier in the match.

England will need to set a new national record if they are to achieve an unlikely victory. The most they have ever made in the fourth innings to win a Test is 332-7 against Australia at Melbourne, back in 1928/29.

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