Mitchell Marsh and Shaun Marsh (r)    Getty Images
Mitchell Marsh and Shaun Marsh (r) Getty Images

Sydney: Shaun and Mitchell Marsh’s overflowing emotions on scoring centuries batting together almost ended in disaster Sunday, as Australia seized control of the final Ashes Test against England. The Marsh boys became only the third set of brothers to score centuries in the same innings for Australia. Shaun Marsh was subsequently run out for 156, while brother Mitchell hit 101 for both their second centuries of the series. They joined Greg and Ian Chappell and Steve and Mark Waugh to score fraternal centuries for Australia, but it could have ended very differently.

Mitchell Marsh embraced his elder brother mid-pitch before sensing danger and scrambling back to his crease to avoid being run out. “That was my fault,” admitted Shaun. “I think emotions sort of got the better of me and I just wanted to give him a hug.

“I saw him starting to celebrate and I lost all concept of where the ball was and what was happening with the ball. He pushed me off him and said ‘you better get down the other end. Thankfully, it all worked out and I was just really happy for him.”

Mitchell added: “My take was I pretty much went for the high five and Shaun went for the hug and we were somewhere parked in the middle and had a quick split-second level of panic and hugged again after that.”