The day started with a 22nd century from Smith in 138 balls, his 14th as captain. Overnight batsman Shaun Marsh got out for 28 off Moeen Ali. That was the only wicket in the whole day.
Shaun’s brother Mitchell Marsh made a wonderful comeback to the Test side. He first scored his half-century, and then raced to a maiden Test hundred in 130 balls before tea. He supported his captain in the innings.
After the tea break Smith reached his second double century in 301 balls. He became the fourth player to hit two double tons in Ashes. The last time a skipper hit a 200 in an Ashes Test 24 years ago, in 2013.
Meanwhile, Marsh also crossed 150+ in the innings as the fifth-wicket partnership broke Dawid Malan and Jonny Bairstow’s record 237 for this wicket at WACA. This was achieved in the same ongoing match.
Australia scored 346 runs losing just one wicket in the day. Smith and Marsh’s partnership is on 301*. The Aussies have finished the day with 549 runs for 4 wickets in 152 overs. They are leading by 146 runs.
Smith has achieved his career-best score. He is unbeaten on 229 runs off 390 balls including 28 fours and a six. It’s the longest Test innings he has played too. Marsh is eyeing a double ton. He is on 181* from 234 balls including 29 fours at a strike rate of 77.35.
England 403 allout
Australia 549/4 in 152 overs (Smith 229*, M Marsh 181*; Overton 2/102, Ali 1/104)
-Ruffin, Correspondent, bdcrictime.com