Steven Smith remained unbeaten on 81    Getty Images
Steven Smith remained unbeaten on 81 Getty Images

Australia went into lunch at 213 for 7 on Day 3 of the first Test. Although they lost 3 wickets this morning, captain Steven Smith remained unaffected by the situation and continued leading resurgence. He remained unbeaten on 81, as Australia trailed by 89 runs.

Resuming the day at 165 for 4, Smith and Shaun Marsh continued keeping England at bay. While the captain kept leaving the ones pitched outside off, Marsh soon reached his eighth fifty. However, England took very little time to bounce back. Stuart Broad had Marsh caught on 51.

In came Tim Paine, batting in a Test after 7 years. He collected two boundaries during his stay, but England would not let him cut loose. James Anderson pitched an away-seamer in the corridor of uncertainty, producing a thick edge behind the wickets.

Mitchell Starc had an eventful start. Coming round the wicket, Broad sent down a length delivery. Getting into a good position, Starc eased it over long-off for a six. However, that was that for Starc. Broad removed him in the same over.

At the crease are Smith with Pat Cummins, staring at England’s 302.

Brief scores:

England 302 (Mark Stoneman 53, James Vince 83; Mitchell Starc 3 for 77, Pat Cummins 3 for 85) lead Australia 213 for 7 (Steven Smith 81*, Shaun Marsh 51; Stuart Broad 3 for 31) by 89 runs.

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