Metro – Steve Smith scored a faultless double century as Australia made England suffer on day three of the third Test in Perth.

Summary

  • Steve Smith scored a faultless double century as Australia made England suffer on day three of the third Test in Perth.
  • Australia were still 200 runs behind England at the start of the day but Smith quickly went about cutting into the deficit, clipping both James Anderson and Stuart Broad through mid-wicket for boundaries.
  • Signs England were set for a brutal day in the field were evident immediately after the interval – Marsh, playing in his 22nd Test match, cruised to his 12th international half-century as Smith continued to toy with England’s ineffective bowlers.
  • Bereft of ideas and assistance from the pitch, England’s gruelling day continued into the evening session as Smith reached his second Test double-century with a typically awkward but effective clip off Moeen.
  • The milestones kept coming – in the space of five overs Marsh passed 150, his partnership with Smith reach 250, Australia’s lead ticked over 100 while Smith registered a new top-score in Test cricket.


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