The West – Steve Smith holds the key to the third Test despite the rain forecast tomorrow threatening to end Australia’s bid to regain the Ashes at the WACA Ground.

Summary

  • Steve Smith holds the key to the third Test despite the rain forecast tomorrow threatening to end Australia’s bid to regain the Ashes at the WACA Ground.
  • The implacable Smith was 92 not out last night after sharing a century stand with Usman Khawaja, who was dropped third ball but played lusciously thereafter for 50.
  • Australia were 3-203, still 200 behind England’s 403 which was built on the twin tons of Dawid Malan (140) and Jonny Bairstow (119).
  • Video: Twitter / Cricket AustraliaThe crowd of 22,179 cheered West Australian veteran Shaun Marsh on and off his home ground to bookend his cautious, unbeaten seven that saw the innings through to stumps.
  • “It was a badge of honour for us to put that partnership together,” Bairstow said.But while established bats-men relished the even pace of the pitch for the last Ashes Test at the ground, it was intense for new batsmen and started to play tricks.


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