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Twitter Reactions: Steve Smith’s splendor innings followed by Hazlewood’s twin strikes gives Australia the upper hand

The visitors were 33/2 at stumps on Day 3. Twitter continued to entertain with some splendid tweets throughout the day. They were all praises for Steve Smith and came hard at Alastair Cook.

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Mitchell Starc, David Warner and Shaun Marsh of Australia check on Joe Root of England after he was struck on the helmet by Mitchell Starc. (Photo by Mark Kolbe/Getty Images)

Australia resumed from their overnight score of 165/4. While skipper Steve Smith continued from where he left, Shaun Marsh registered a striking half-century. Stuart Broad managed to get the better of Marsh as England drew blood soon in the day.

Tim Paine and Mitchell Starc were dismissed in consecutive overs as Australia were reduced to 209/7. That’s when Pat Cummins played a crucial knock of 42 in his 120-ball stay at the crease. He lend a supportive hand to Smith who was at ease throughout the innings.

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The Australian captain gradually went on to register his 21st century as the Gabba crowd applauded the landmark. Displaying his finesse as a quality batsman, Steve Smith batted with absolute vividness. One couldn’t just help but wonder over the prospect of watching another class innings from this master of improvisation.

Australia managed to gain a lead of 26 runs before getting all out with 328 on the board. Nathan Lyon was the last batsman dismissed as Smith remained not out on 141 from 326 balls. An innings that contained 14 boundaries and some of the finest cricketing shots you’d ever see.

Stuart Broad was the pick amongst the English bowlers with three wickets to his name. Jimmy Anderson wasn’t far behind with a couple of wickets. Moeen Ali also picked two wickets. The trio of Jake Ball, Chris Woakes and even skipper Joe Root managed to get a wicket each.

England came out to bat in a bid to set Australia a target. However, the hosts were just splendid with the ball. Alastair Cook continued to struggle as he got out playing a pull shot off Josh Hazlewood. James Vince who was the top scorer in the first innings was caught at slip as England lost two wickets in the third session.

The visitors were 33/2 at stumps on Day 3. Twitter continued to entertain with some splendid tweets throughout the day. They were all praises for Steve Smith and came hard at Alastair Cook.

Here we present to you some of the best Twitter reactions from Day 3:

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