August 21, 2015, 11:18 AM IST
England won the toss and opted to field under overcast conditions at the Oval.
Australia set about regaining some dignity after relinquishing the Ashes by scoring 287-3 on Thursday on the first day of the fifth Test against England, building a strong platform in their bid for a series-ending consolation victory.
David Warner struck 85 and Steven Smith was unbeaten on 78 as normal service resumed after the chaos of the fourth Test.
Smith, already confirmed as Australia's next captain, arrived at the crease looking to avoid registering a fifth straight single-figure score after innings of 7, 8, 6 and 5 and he did just that.
Warner and Chris Rogers (43) put on 110 for the first wicket before Smith and Adam Voges (47) reached stumps on an unbroken 101-run partnership, further muting what had been a flat atmosphere from the start.
In between, Michael Clarke playing his last Test before retirement was afforded a guard of honor by England's players when he came out to bat. The Australia captain only scored 15 before edging behind off Ben Stokes, continuing his poor run of form this series.