Australia were 192/3 overnight with Usman Khawaja and Steve Smith unbeaten at the crease. They added 188 runs for the third wicket. Smith, who reached his 23rd fifty in 104 balls, missed out on his 24th hundred after getting caught and bowled by Moeen Ali. The Aussie skipper made 158-ball 83 hitting just 5 boundaries.
However, Khawaja brought up his sixth Test century in 122 balls. He was joined by Shaun Marsh in a 101-run partnership. Marsh scored his 10th fifty in 121 balls. Khawaja broke his highest Test score. After the tea break he became leg-spinner Mason Crane’s first Test wicket. The left-hander hammered 171 runs from 381 balls including 18 fours and a six.
Shaun with his younger brother Mitchell played the last session comfortably as they have made unbroken partnership of 104 runs. Shaun is eyeing sixth Test century while Michell will be looking for a second Test career hundred.
Shaun needs just two runs for his hundred as he is on 98* off 207 balls including 10 boundaries. Mitchell has made 63 off 87 hitting 9 fours and 2 sixes at a strike rate of 72.41.
Australia lost just two wickets for 287 runs in the day. They are 479/4 in 157 overs, leading by 133 with six wickets in hand. Earlier, tourists England were bowled out for 346 runs in their first innings after they elected to bat first.
England 346 allout
Australia 479/4 in 157 overs (Khawaja 171, S Marsh 98*, Smith 83; Anderson 1/52)
-Ruffin, Correspondent, bdcrictime.com