England collapse gives Australia foothold

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England failed to take full toll of a great opening day as they were only able to add 98 runs to their overnight total of 305 for 4 ending 403 all out.

Australia were 203 for 3 at stumps trailing by 200 with Steve Smith yet again tormenting the tourists.

When play resumed Dawid Malan and Jonny Bairstow were at the crease for England and the former survived an early review as they survived the first half of the morning session.

Bairstow completed an extra special century with a cheeky nod to the headbutting incident that left him red-faced earlier in the series.

But the second half of the morning session didn’t go according to plan having moved their partnership to a massive 237, the first 200 fifth wicket partnership for England in Australia since 1938, the pair were separated when Malan (140) took on Nathan Lyon only to be caught by substitute fielder Peter Handscomb.

This began something of a procession as Moeen Ali (0) was bounced out by Pat Cummins after just two balls before Mitchell Starc and Josh Hazlewood cleaned up the last four wickets.

Bairstow (119) was undone by a full swinging Starc delivery and with him went England’s hopes of a huge first innings total.

England’s opening bowlers couldn’t find a way through David Warner and Cameron Bancroft but Craig Overton, who is turning into England’s find of the tour, struck twice in three overs.

First Warner (22) nicked off before Bancroft (25) was trapped leg before on review to leave Australia 55 for 2.

Usman Khawaja and Smith steadied though and began to put Australia on top moving the score to 179.

Shortly after reaching his fifty Khawaja (50) was adjudged to be leg before to Chris Woakes, he reviewed but the decision was upheld on umpire’s call.

Smith, in all his unorthodox glory, was unflappable and ended the day on 92 not out with Shaun Marsh (7*) with him for company.

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