Smith ton keeps Australia on top

England’s decision to play 2 spinners came back to bite them, as the seamers struggled against the Australian middle and lower order. Rain delayed play until 2:30, making the pitch more suitable for seamers. Resuming on 307-4, night-watchman Siddle stuck around for longer than expected, until Jimmy Anderson finally broke through, bowling Siddle for 23. With Smith and Haddin at the crease, England were desperate for a wicket, as shown by a wasted review, with Anderson’s ball brushing the trouser of Haddin before carrying to Prior. The desperation was even more evident as Cook called Jonathan Trott in to the attack, as Broad and Anderson looked tired with England’s attack relying on them. Steve Smith made his first test 100 in some style, hitting Trott for 6. Part-time bowler Trott broke the 65 partnership though, as he bowled Haddin for 30, with the batsmen inside-edging it on to his own stumps. After tea England pressed on with 3 wickets in an hour. Chris Woakes got his first wicket for England, with Trott taking a brilliant sliding catch on the boundary from Faulkner for 23. Graeme Swann bowled his first ball of the day, 3 hours in to play, and got Mitchell Starc out for 13. Ryan Harris came in to make a quick-fire 33, including two 6s, before he spooned a Jimmy Anderson ball up in the air, and Anderson turned and caught Harris about 20 yards out from the wicket. Australia declared straight after this wicket, finishing on 492-9d.

England came in to bat for the last hour or so, looking to preserve the openers’ wickets until tomorrow morning. Cook survived an lbw appeal on 15, as the ball was going wide of the stumps. Root and Cook started positively, ending on 32 without loss.

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