The Ashes 2017-18

Steve Smith hits double century as Australia take full control of third Ashes test on day three

Aussie skipper passes 1,000 test runs for the year as he crushes the dispirited tourists with 229 knock at the WACA

PUBLISHED : Saturday, 16 December, 2017, 6:20pm
UPDATED : Saturday, 16 December, 2017, 6:20pm

Australia were 549 for four at stumps on the third day of the third Ashes test against England in Perth on Saturday.

Steve Smith was on 229 and Mitchell Marsh was on 181, the home side leading England by 146 runs with six wickets in hand.

Australian captain Smith’s incredible year continued as he notched his second test double century at the WACA Ground on Saturday.

Smith and Marsh carried the home side past the English first innings total with a massive fifth-wicket partnership that appeared to shatter the tourists’ resolve.

Resuming on 92 at the start of play, Smith wasted little time raising his 22nd test century, reaching the mark from 138 balls – his fastest test century in terms of balls faced.

He was more circumspect as the double century loomed, content to pick off easy singles against an ultra-defensive English field.

He reached 200 by working Moeen Ali through midwicket for another single, having faced 301 balls and hit 26 fours and one six.

Smith hadn’t offered a single chance, although he did survive two decision reviews for leg before wicket, having been given not out by the on-field umpire on both occasions.

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He also passed 1,000 test runs for the calendar year during the innings.

Australia lead the series 2-0 and can regain the Ashes with victory.