• Australia in command after Marsh ton

    Australia declared on 442-8 thanks to a Shaun Marsh century before rain stopped play with England on 29-1 on day two of the Adelaide Test.

    After finishing day one on 209-4, the hosts took complete control of day two thanks to an unbeaten 126 from Marsh.

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    It was England, however, who got off to a good start three balls into the days play, Stuart Broad removing Peter Handscomb on 36.

    Australia recovered beautifully through Marsh and Paine, with the latter reaching his half-century off 91 balls. The pair managed to take their side to 294 before the dismissal of Paine – out on 57 as Overton continued his solid debut.

    Marsh was the star of the day reaching his fifth Test century, but his partnership with Pat Cummins, after Broad dismissed Mitchell Starc, put the hosts in a commanding position. The pair added 99 to take the hosts past the 400-run mark before Cummins was removed by Overton on 44.

    Marsh finished strongly smashing two fours and a six in the 149th over, as Australia declared on 442-8.

    Starc added pressure to England early on in their first innings, by trapping Mark Stoneman lbw on 11. England managed to reach 29-1 in nine overs before rain ended the day’s play.


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