Smith marching century as Australia fight back
Australia have bounced back on day two of the third Ashes Test at WACA, Perth after England lower-order collapsed in the morning.
England were 305/4 overnight with Dawid Malan scoring his maiden Test hundred. Jonny Bairstow scored his fourth hundred in 185 balls. Both looked solid at the start of the first session.
Malan and Bairstow added 237 runs for the fifth-wicket, the highest English stand for the fifth-wicket against Australia and the joint-third highest overall for this wicket. Malan made 140 off 227 deliveries including 19 fours and a six. He was caught off by Nathan Lyon. The English collapse started from that moment.
Bairstow, who scored his maiden ton in Australia, made 215-ball 119 with 18 fours. Mitchell Starc scalped 4 wickets for 92 runs while Josh Hazlewood took 3 for 91.
Australia lost openers David Warner (22) and Cameron Bancroft (25) early as Craig Overton struck twice. Usman Khawaja and skipper Steve Smith revived the hosts with a 124-run partnership.
Smith brought up his half-century off just 58 balls. Khawaja couldn’t make his start bigger. He was given lbw off Chris Woakes for 50 runs from 123 balls including 8 fours.
Shaun Marsh made sure there was no trouble at the end of the day as he remains unbeaten on 36-ball 7. Smith is marching towards a 22nd Test century as he is on 122-ball 92* hitting 14 fours and a six. Australia finished the day at 203/3 in 62 overs. England are leading by 200 runs.
England 403 allout in 115.1 overs (Malan 140, Bairstow 119; Starc 4/92, Hazlewood 3/91)
Australia 203/3 in 62 overs (Smith 92*, Khawaja 50; Overton 2/46, Woakes 1/42)
-Ruffin, Correspondent, bdcrictime.com