Twitter Reactions: A day of complete batting dominance for Australia
Australia concluded day 3 in absolute control as the scoreboard reads 479/4 and they have a lead of 133 runs with 6 wickets in hand.
by Ankit Editor
Published - Jan 6, 2018 1:07 pm | Updated - Jan 6, 2018 1:07 pm
Usman Khawaja and Steve Smith resumed the proceedings for Australia on the third day of the final Ashes Test. While one was on the verge of a long-awaited hundred the other just approaching yet another half century. Khawaja on 91 really needed to get the triple figure mark out of the way and he did that soon enough. He also converted into a big hundred, one that’d boost his confidence and also that of the team management.
It was a day of complete dominance by the batsmen as the Brits didn’t really have much to bowl with and failed to challenge them enough to claim wickets. The crowd that turned up at the SCG did get a treat as the ball raced away to the fence across the park. Smith who looked good to score his 16th Test century as skipper got out on 83 as he was caught and bowled by the offie Moeen Ali.
But before that, Khawaja and Smith stitched together a 188-run partnership as the former capitalized on the hundred and soon got over the 150-run mark. The left-hander displayed all the patience needed to bat long and score heavy. His stay at the crease lasted 381 balls as he was eventually out stumped on the bowling of Mason Crane for 171.
But that was the last wicket to fall on the day as the Marsh brothers- Shaun and Mitchell enjoyed each other’s company and the warmth of the English attack. While Mitch was the aggressor scoring runs at with a strike rate over 70, Shaun also graced his knock with some beautiful shots. Both of them brought up their half centuries and as the day went deeper Shaun was advancing towards his hundred.
He was calm and didn’t want to rush into it, thus ended the day unbeaten on 98 whereas his brother was batting on 63. Australia concluded day 3 in absolute control as the scoreboard reads 479/4 and they have a lead of 133 runs with 6 wickets in hand.
Here are some of the reactions that surfaced during the course of the day:
That's the first century stand between Shaun and Mitch Marsh in their fourth innings batting together #Ashes
— Samuel Ferris (@samuelfez) January 6, 2018
— cricket.com.au (@CricketAus) January 6, 2018
notice england have had an exceptional day in sydney. smith dismissed for under 100 #Ashes
— Gaurav Kalra (@gauravkalra75) January 6, 2018
— Michael Vaughan (@MichaelVaughan) January 6, 2018
Look's who's at the crease together…
— The Ashes on BT Sport (@btsportcricket) January 6, 2018
Steve Smith averages 137.40 this #Ashes series.
Mitch Marsh (59*) currently averages 139… ?
— Dave Middleton (@Dave_Middleton) January 6, 2018
I just heard a rumour Steve Smith got out, that can't be right can it? #ashes
— Peter van Onselen (@vanOnselenP) January 6, 2018
— The Cricketer (@TheCricketerMag) January 6, 2018
Steve Smith dismissed in double digits?
Australia 274/3 in the shadows of lunch as Ali makes the key breakthrough at the SCG.
— ICC (@ICC) January 6, 2018
There are no certainties in life but you just feel that today at the SCG Steve Smith will get a big hundred or two.
— Rodney Hogg (@RMHogg) January 5, 2018
Congrats @Uz_Khawaja for a brilliant ? really happy to see ????????
— Rashid Khan (@rashidkhan_19) January 6, 2018
Usman Khawaja's mum is in pink for #JaneMcGrathDay too!
— Test Match Special (@bbctms) January 6, 2018
— Michael Clarke (@MClarke23) January 6, 2018