Steve Smith's 21st Test century gives Australia the edge on Day 3 of Ashes Test

From Steve Smith's century to Josh Hazlewood's exploits with the ball, photos from Day 3 of the Ashes Test

FirstCricket Staff November 25, 2017 18:13:26 IST
Steve Smith's 21st Test century gives Australia the edge on Day 3 of Ashes Test
Steve Smiths 21st Test century gives Australia the edge on Day 3 of Ashes Test

Steve Smith's gritty century was the highlight of a day that saw Australia salvage themselves from a precarious 209/7 to finish with a 26 run lead over England's first innings total of 302. AP

Steve Smiths 21st Test century gives Australia the edge on Day 3 of Ashes Test

The day began with Australia resuming their innings at 165/4, but lost Shaun Marsh, who made a patient half-century, pretty early in the day. A flurry of wickets followed as Tim Paine and Mitchell Starc returned to the pavilion in quick succession. AFP

Steve Smiths 21st Test century gives Australia the edge on Day 3 of Ashes Test

However, Australian skipper Steve Smith notched up yet another century to take his team past England's first innings total of 302. This was his 21st century in 57 matches. AFP

Steve Smiths 21st Test century gives Australia the edge on Day 3 of Ashes Test

Smith was ably supported by Pat Cummins who exhibited his batting ability in a quality innings of 42(120). The pacer stood in the middle for over two hours adding invaluable runs to the Australian total before being dismissed by Chris Woakes. Australia ended their first innings scoring 328, with an overall lead of 26. AFP

Steve Smiths 21st Test century gives Australia the edge on Day 3 of Ashes Test

Former England captain Alastair Cook had yet another poor show with the bat as he was dismissed by Josh Hazlewood in the fourth over. Cook managed just nine runs in the Test match. AFP

Steve Smiths 21st Test century gives Australia the edge on Day 3 of Ashes Test

Australia's Josh Hazlewood added the scalp of first innings hero James Vince in his very next over to leave England tottering at 17-2 in the sixth over of the Brisbane Test. AP

Steve Smiths 21st Test century gives Australia the edge on Day 3 of Ashes Test

England captain Joe Root and opener Mark Stoneman played out the rest of the day adding 16 more runs in ten overs to close the day on 33/2. AFP

Steve Smiths 21st Test century gives Australia the edge on Day 3 of Ashes Test

Cricket fans cool off in a pool on the third day of the first cricket Ashes Test between England and Australia in Brisbane. AFP

 

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