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England took a lead of 7 runs at stumps on Day 3 of the first Test. Josh Hazlewood removed Alastair Cook and the in-form James Vince in quick succession, pushing England on the back foot. Here’s how the day panned out.

Smith, Marsh add 99 runs for the fifth wicket

Australia were 76 for 4 in a quest of England’s 302 when Shaun Marsh joined Smith in resurgence. The duo adhered to traditional cricket, playing according to the merit of the ball. Smith played the aggressor’s role, rubbing some confidence on Marsh. The southpaw dealt in boundaries as he found his feet and gradually scored his eighth half-century; but he played an uncharacteristic shot off Stuart Broad, finding James Anderson at mid-off while clearing the in-field.

Australia lose the plot

Australia lost two wickets in quick succession. Anderson bowled a peach of a delivery to Tim Paine: the ball took off the surface, kissing the outside edge. Mitchell Starc then played a spectacular drive over long-on for a six, but perished in the same over.

Resurgence 2.0

Pat Cummins is armed with a proper technique, and he put it to use when Australia needed the most. He, too, used the long handle and collected a six. However, it was his composure that kept Smith in his elements. They added 66 for the 8th wicket, 42 of which came off Cummins’ bat.

21st hundred for the No. 1

Smith reached his 21st hundred with a lovely cover-drive. His 512-minute innings was decorated with 14 fours, the best being the four straight drives he executed with perfection.

He added vital 23 runs with Hazlewood and 30 with Nathan Lyon. He remained unbeaten on 141.

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Australia make early inroads

Cook’s misery with the bat continued as he failed to keep Hazlewood’s bouncer down. Starc pouched the top edge brilliantly at deep square-leg. In his next over, he banged the ball just short of length, forcing Vince edge it to Smith in the slip cordon.

At the crease are Mark Stoneman and captain Joe Root holding the fort.

Brief scores:

England 302 (Mark Stoneman 53, James Vince 83; Mitchell Starc 3 for 77, Pat Cummins 3 for 85) & 33 for 2 (Mark Stoneman 19*; Josh Hazlewood 2 for 11) lead Australia 328 (Steven Smith 141*, Shaun Marsh 51; Stuart Broad 3 for 49) by 7 runs.

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