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Starc strikes after Australia declare at 442

Shaun Marsh celebrating his century on day two of the Adelaide Test
Shaun Marsh celebrating his century on day two of the Adelaide Test

Australia 442-8 (Marsh 126 no) v
England 29-1 (Starc 1-13)
Second Test, Adelaide, day two

Shaun Marsh remained unbeaten on 126 as Australia declared their first innings with a score of 442 for eight following which Mitchell Starc struck early to reduce England to 42 for one before rain intervened and brought a premature end to day two in the day-night Test in Adelaide.

After a 10-minute rain delay, Australia started the proceedings with a score of 209 for four. The bowling from Stuart Broad (2-72) was much better this morning as he found the right length and in the third delivery, he trapped Peter Handscomb (86) LBW.

Even though there were odd play and miss, the approach from Tim Paine (57) was refreshing as he dealt in boundaries and raced to 22 runs off just 27 deliveries. James Anderson (1-74) in his new spell had both Marsh and Paine LBW in successive overs but to his frustration, both the decisions were overturned due to height after Australia used reviews.

Paine had a nervy moment when he was struck on the glove and felt discomfort in his index finger - an injury that kept him on the sidelines for a lengthy period in 2010 after being hit by Dirk Nannes. He did look cautious after the blow but with a six and a couple completed his third half-century before holing out in the deep to give Craig Overton (3-105) his second wicket.

The innings from Paine took the pressure off Marsh at the other end as he managed just 29 runs in the entire first session at the end of which Australia were 306 for six.

In the first ball of the second session, Marsh completed his half-century but Broad surprised Mitchell Starc (6) with a bouncer that he mistimed to mid wicket. As Marsh was consolidating at one end, Pat Cummins (44) provided the perfect support at the other end, though he took 37 deliveries to get his first run.

But from there on, Cummins went about almost run a ball adding a 99 run stand with Marsh, who completed a fine century at the other end. At tea, Australia were placed 409 for seven.

England picked a wicket in the first over for the session for the third time in the day with Cummins snared by Overton but Marsh continued to press on and along with Nathan Lyon (10 not out), Australia went on to post 442 for eight before the declaration came.

England openers had a testing period to negate the pink ball under lights and Starc (1-13) struck in his fourth over when he trapped Mark Stoneman (18) LBW. He used a review but went in vain. As Alastair Cook (11 not out) and James Vince (0 not out) consolidated the innings to 29 for one in 9.1 overs, rain arrived bringing an early end to the day's play.

At stumps, England trail Australia by 413 runs with nine wickets in hand.

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