Ashes 2017 3rd Test Day 2 Highlights: England Bowlers Finds It Hard While Steve Smith Leads Australia


Ashes 2017 3rd Test Day 2 Highlights: Steve Smith, who is leading Australian team in Ashes 2017, also leading the first innings in reply to 403 runs which England scored in their first innings. Australia scored 203 runs with a loss 3 wickets. Meanwhile, starting with a overnight score of 305/4, England were able to score 403 as they lost Malan and Bairstow in successive intervals.

England started the day in total control, but ultimately failed to capitalise on a record fifth-wicket partnership by centurions Malan (140) and Bairstow (119). Bairstow put a controversial few weeks behind him on and off the field to post his fourth Test century as part of a 237-run stand with Malan, who notched his maiden Test century. The pair notched a new record fifth-wicket partnership for England against Australia, beating a long-standing mark set in 1938 by Eddie Paynter and Denis Compton at Trent Bridge.

Ashes 2017 3rd Test Day 2 Highlights:

Bairstow’s century was a welcome knock for the English batsman after a controversial tour, with a headbutt incident at a Perth bar causing unwanted attention, and a war of words with the Australians on and off the field. Promoted to six, Bairstow was bowled by Mitchell Starc (4-91) as wickets fell in a rush late in the England innings.

In reply to England’s 403, the Aussie captain raced to an unbeaten 92 off just 122 balls as Australia went to stumps at 3/203 in pursuit of England’s first innings 403, which was inspired by twin hundreds from Bairstow and Dawid Malan. England had its tail up when Smith came to the crease after knocking over openers David Warner (22) and Cameron Bancroft (25) in the space of 11 runs, but the 28-year-old stole the momentum away from the visitors with a classy knock.

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