Marsh brothers stretch Australia's lead to 133 runs at end of day three

Australia's Mitchell Marsh and Shaun Marsh shake hands during the third day of the fifth Ashes Test
Australia's Mitchell Marsh and Shaun Marsh shake hands during the third day of the fifth Ashes Test

England 346 (Root 83) v
Australia 479-4 (Khawaja 171)
Fifth Ashes Test, Sydney, day three

After Usman Khawaja scored 171 runs, it was Shaun and Mitchell Marsh, who propelled Australia's first innings lead to 133 runs with six wickets in hand at stumps on day three of the fifth Ashes Test in Sydney.

Earlier, Australia resumed the day with a score of 193 for two, trailing England by another 153 runs. In the second over of the day, Steven Smith (83) went on to complete his half-century and few overs later it was Khawaja's (171) turned to celebrate as he brought his maiden Ashes century.

With England hardly troubling the duo, they took the second new ball immediately when it was available but that did little as the duo brought the 150-run stand for the third wicket.

The boundaries came from the blade of Khawaja but as Australia crossed the 250-run mark, a lapse of concentration led to the dismissal of Smith, who edged one back to Moeen Ali (1-125), ending the 188 run stand.

In the final over before lunch, England reviewed a LBW decision against Khawaja but luckily for England Mason Crane (1-135) overstepped otherwise they would have lost a review considering the ball was missing the stumps. Australia added 84 runs in the session.

Runs were hard to come by at the start of the second session with Moeen and Crane keeping things tight. The leg-spinner was slowly getting into the groove as his deliveries turned viciously.

The 110th over from Moeen saw Khawaja hit two boundaries to bring his 150 and five overs later, Shaun (98 not out) was given out caught behind but used a review to overturn the decision.

With a boundary in the 123rd over, Shaun took Australia into the lead and he hit two more in the 126th to reach his half-century. Australia ended the second session with a score of 365 for three.

Crane provided respite for England in the final session as he foxed Khawaja with a wider delivery and Jonny Bairstow whipped the bails off to get a stumping and the home side could have slipped further as Mitchell (63 not out) was continuously troubled by the leg-spinner.

In the 133rd over, England even went for a review for a catch at slip off Mitchell but replays showed the bat had hit the ground. Nevertheless, both the Marsh brothers kept the England attack at bay with an unbeaten 104 run stand for the fifth wicket to take the total to 479 for four at stumps. Australia now lead England by 133 runs with six wickets in hand.

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