Australia pick two England wickets after Smith century takes them into lead

Steven Smith celebrating his century on day three of the Brisbane Test
Steven Smith celebrating his century on day three of the Brisbane Test

England 302 & 33-2 (Stoneman 19no) v
Australia 328 (Smith 141no)
First Test, Brisbane, day three

After a determined unbeaten 141 run knock from Steven Smith helped Australia claim a 26 run lead in the first innings, a double strike from Josh Hazlewood restricted England to 33 for two at stumps on day three of the first Ashes Test in Brisbane.

Trailing Australia by 26 runs, England were put to test by a steady spell from Hazlewood (2-11) during which Alastair Cook (7) mistimed a pull shot to Mitchell Starc (0-14) at deep fine leg while an in-form James Vince (2) edged one to the first slip.

Australia wanted Joe Root (5 not out) to be exposed to the new ball early and their plan almost worked out with Starc troubling him with a barrage of bouncers that even saw the England captain get hit in the helmet and underwent a concussion test but he along with Mark Stoneman (19 not out) ensured the visitors had a slender seven run lead at stumps.

Earlier, Australia resumed the day with a score of 165 for four. Shaun Marsh (51) went on to complete his half-century in the third over of the day but soon chipped a Stuart Broad (3-49) delivery to mid off, ending his 99 run stand with Smith (141 not out).

The Australian captain showed a lot of character but it was the discipline from the England bowlers that did not allow him to score much in the first innings. In the entire first session, Smith scored just 17 runs.

Tim Paine (13) showed a lot of promise, to begin with but became the casualty of the second new ball after edging a James Anderson (2-50) behind the stumps. Starc (6) opened his innings with a six but chipped a return catch to Broad two deliveries later. Australia went into lunch with a score of 213 for seven.

The second session saw absolute determination from Smith and Pat Cummins (42), who blunted the England attack with a 66 run stand for the eighth wicket and in the process, the Australian captain went on to complete his 21st century in Tests.

With Anderson suffering a slight niggle, it was Chris Woakes (1-67), who managed to provide a breakthrough with the wicket of Cummins but with support from Hazlewood (6) and Nathan Lyon (9), Smith lifted Australia's total to 328 before they were bowled out.

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