England put up a strong game in the first inning of the Third test. With centuries off Dawid Malan and Jonny Bairstow, the score hauled to 403. The partnership between Bairstow and Malan is the highest fifth-wicket stand in Ashes so far. The players scored 237 runs together. Malan scored 140 runs playing until the 107th over, until he nicked the delivery off Nathan Lyon. Bairstow, on the other end, scored 119 runs.
It was a comeback for Bairstow. He scored the first century after 18 months since his last knock against Sri Lanka in June 2016. He played 37 innings after the Sri Lanka tussle to beat the latest century. The players broke a 79-years old record of a fifth wicket partnership in the tournament. Back in 1938, Denis Compton and Eddie Paynter scored 206 runs together at an Ashes match in Trent Bridge. The partnership finally ended when Lyon set up a catch with Peter Handscomb.
As the player left, the inning had a total collapse including the wicket of Bairstow. The latter was removed after 111 overs of the inning at a delivery off Mitchell Starc. Aussie bowlers became dominant by the last overs of the inning removing wickets at paltry runs. In about nine overs, England lost six wickets for the just 35 runs. Josh Hazlewood had a strong form picking up three wickets, while Starc dismissed 4 wickets. The host displayed an excellent fielding without any miss. The impressive catches off Cummins, Handscomb, Cameron Bancroft were crucial bets in the inning.
Australia, in the chase, started with a brief partnership between the openers, but the wickets of Cameron Bancroft and David Warner left the session stranded with the first two wickets at a paltry score. In the 18th over, Australia slogged to 55 for 2. As the inning crossed 25 overs, Usman Khawaja and captain Steven Smith set out the inning. In 26 overs, Australia was 93 for 2.
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