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Summary

  1. Smith 92*, S Marsh 7*
  2. England drop three catches
  3. Two wickets for injured Overton
  4. Khawaja 50, Bancroft 25, Warner 22
  5. England slip from 368-4 to 403 all out
  6. Malan 140, Bairstow 119; Starc 4-91
  7. Australia lead 2-0 in five-Test series

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By Saj Chowdhury

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Until Saturday

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Will it be a 'Super Saturday' or 'A Sadly Not Saturday' for England?

We will be back at about 02:00 GMT for the third day of this intriguing third Test.

TMS highlights of Friday's play are available here.

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Not one for the cameras

Then there was this.

The day could have ended with Australia on 203-4 had either Mark Stoneman or wk Jonny Bairstow held on to the ball to remove Shaun Marsh.

The batsman flicked the ball on to the boot of Stoneman. The ball careered upwards and both Stoneman and Bairstow produced their best David de Gea impressions only for neither to scoop the prize.

Mark Stoneman and Jonny Bairstow
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Missed opportunities for England

The Western Australian
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Now then.

The 'daydreaming' The Western Australian is referring to is when Khawaja edged to Root, who was... er... caught napping.

The ball flew past the grasp of the captain, who perhaps could have done better at slip.

Am I being harsh?

Khawaja: 'Smudge batted beautifully today'

Usman Khawaja
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Queensland batsman Usman Khawaja was a good support act for skipper Smith, before he fell lbw to Chris Woakes having made 50.

He spoke to the press afterwards.

On Smith: "It's nice to watch. He batted beautifully today. He makes any conditions seem really easy.

"Most batsmen react instinctively. More impressive is the way Smudge bats in terms of the margin for error being so little, as the English found out today. He hit a lot of balls that should have been dots for four. He was in fine form today."

On the England collapse: "It wasn't that England have a history of collapsing, it's that new batsmen would find it tough to come in. It's not an easy place to start your innings. The boys bowled really well. To restrict to them 400 was a really good effort.

"It's still a good wicket. The Malan-Bairstow partnership, they batted really well, hopefully we can do the same tomorrow, get a couple of nice partnerships. There's a lot of hard work to do. It's a good wicket."

Looking forward: "Traditionally, batting fourth is the hardest. At the Waca and Gabba, chases have been done. We have to try to bat as well as we can. If we get a lead, it means fewer to chase. Day five is still a long way away.

"Give credit to the bowlers, we had been in the field for a long time. Pat Cummins getting Moeen second ball, Moeen didn't too much wrong. You don't want that second ball. They could have got a few more runs if we didn't bowl well. Starcy, Josh and Cummins have big tanks. They keep going and don't slow down. Credit to them, they're very fit. They are still bowling with venom at the tail after 100 overs."

On his lbw: "I thought it might be a little bit high. Waca hard to get lbws because of the bounce."

They call him ‘Steadfast’

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Why is he in a subway?

Steve Smith.

If he was a cuboid he’d be a breeze block.

If he was herbaceous plant he’d be a Japanese knotweed.

Once Smith is in, he’s in.

The Aussie skipper has a Test average of 60.40 which he gave nudge up with his 92*.

He was ably supported by Usman Khawaja, who made his second 50 of the series, although England had two chances to remove him.

If England can do what Australia did to them earlier on Friday then they have a chance.

Australia will be looking at big, big score on Saturday with Smith leading the way.

Happy b'day Carl Hooper

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Adam Davies:We need to pick players on form" says Daniel at 10:56. Then names two bowlers who bowled 160 overs between them all season for their counties. Wood played one entirely unconvincing Test match and returned poor figures for the Lions. Madness.

There is anger there Adam. Real anger.

Has the tail grown?

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It was yet another blip for Moeen with the bat, who hasn’t sparkled with the ball either. Did moving down the order affect his confidence?

That’s 38, 40, 25, 2 and 0 for him.

This is what former England spinner Graeme Swann said: "Moeen Ali's dismissal was meek. He's getting out more meekly each innings. He had watched the entire innings, batted in the net for three days - he knows it's going to be bouncy. He looked half asleep."

'Just some lighthearted fun'

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Here's a little bit more from Jonny Bairstow who made his first Ashes ton on Friday: "Our job when we come back in the morning - we got capabilities to take take five or six wickets.

"It's my favourite hundred. I have played in a few Ashes and to score an Ashes hundred is something you dream about. It's eluded me until now. There were a whole heap of emotions. The celebration was light-hearted fun with everything that's gone on, that's the way it should be taken.

"It means a heck of a lot to be part of records. You look back to Cape Town, Stokesy [Ben Stokes] and I, now this innings. Malan played outstandingly. He deserves all the plaudits that he got.

"We believe going forward to tomorrow that our guys have the skills to take 20 wickets to win this Test."

Average

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There was that feeling that once either Malan or Bairstow fell the rest of the order would follow in fairly quick succession – and they did not disappoint.

England nosedived from 368-5 to 403 all out which means from losing their fifth wicket to all out the tourists have averaged 71.8 runs in five innings.

A sad tail

03:52: Dawid Malan drives at Nathan Lyon and sub fielder Peter Handscomb takes a fine, diving catch to dismiss him for 140.

03:56: Pat Cummins bounces Moeen Ali, who fends at a short ball and sends a simple catch to slip. He falls for a duck.

04:14: Chris Woakes, on 8, flicks Josh Hazlewood to Pat Cummins at fine leg.

04:18: Centurion Jonny Bairstow has his middle stump is knocked out of the ground by Mitchell Starc as he played across the line.

04:27:Craig Overton works a short ball straight to Cameron Bancroft at short leg.

04:40: Starc take his fourth wicket as Stuart Broad, hooking, offers another simple catch to short leg.

Third Test, day two recap

  • Dawid Malan posts a brilliant 140
  • Jonny Bairstow also scores a ton
  • England slip from 368-5 to 403 all out
  • Australia 203-3 at the close of play
  • Smith 92*; Khawaja 50
  • England had three chances to remove Khawaja and Marsh

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Daniel: We need to pick players on form and a few of our bowlers aren't doing it, I would be seriously tempted to bring in Wood and Plunkett

Malan cakewalk

I almost cried - Malan on his century

Read this excellent and insightful piece by Marc Higginson about Englandman-of-the-mo Dawid Malan.

Here’s a snippet:

“So when England needed a middle-order batsman for their Test side, they eventually landed on a man with 10 years of county experience - and more than 8,000 first-class runs - to his name.

“Two half-centuries against West Indies earned him his place in the Ashes tour party, and he is now making the number five spot his own after years of upheaval in the national team's batting order.”

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The good news for England

Dawid Malan and Jonny Bairstow
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Malan, Malan, Malan – 140 runs in 322 minutes off 227 balls. A simply brilliant and crucial innings, matched by an equally mettlesome knock from Jonny Bairstow who made a mature and patient 119.

Of course, JB being JB had a bit of fun when he headbutted his helmet after achieving his ton. Larks!

Their 237-run partnership was England’s highest fifth-wicket stand against Australia. That total beat the 206 set by Denis Compton and Eddie Paynter in Nottingham back in 1938.

Now, even I don’t remember that one.

Third Test, day two recap

Steve Smith and Shaun Marsh
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  • Dawid Malan posts a brilliant 140
  • Jonny Bairstow also scores a ton
  • England slip from 368-5 to 403 all out
  • Australia 203-3 at the close of play
  • Smith 92*; Khawaja 50
  • England had three chances to remove Khawaja and Marsh

Cheers Amy L and Tom R.

So, still in the balance?

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Philip Dantes: I have concerns about Moeen. He is not a top order batsman nor a front line bowler: he averages 34 and 38, respectively. Is an infrequent lower order ton worth more to England than the runs or wickets of a specialist batsman or bowler?

Australia still trail England by 203 runs, but they've got seven wickets in hand and Steve Smith looking imperious on 92.

I'm off for some sleep. Saj Chowdhury will take you through all of the reaction to today's play.

Usman Khawaja speaking on BT Sport about his dismissal: "I thought it was a bit high but once the umpire gives it out, it's hard to overturn. I was confirming with Smith that it was maybe high and outside the line."

On batting with Steve Smith: "Smith and I have played with each other for a long time, from growing up in New South Wales to now. We don't need to say too much to each other to communicate."

On England's collapse: "Malan and Bairstow batted beautifully. They started well this morning. It could have been a lot worse for us. We've bowled really well to the tail over the last three games and we continued it today."

Simon Hughes

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I can see England getting bowled out for 200 in the second innings. So if Australia get a lead of 80 in the first innings, they will win.

England's Jonny Bairstow, who made 119, on BT Sport: "I'm delighted to get my first Ashes hundred It's something as a boy I've wanted to do. To get it at the Waca makes it more special."

On his 'headbutt' celebration: "It was just a bit of light fun."

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Damien Shortt: England surely ahead...just. Australia will need to bat for another 100 overs to apply some real scoreboard pressure in the third innings. Can't see that happening.

Simon Hughes

BBC Test Match Special commentator

England needed Broad to be more effective in this game. He has looked innocuous. That is a concern. You need the tall bowlers on this pitch. Broad, for me, is the man who has to do it tomorrow.

England 'happy so far'

Jonny Bairstow on TMS: "We've got 400 on the board. From 100-4, we could have been out for a lot less than that. For us to get 400 from that position was a great effort from the guys.

"We're happy so far. Tomorrow the first couple of sessions are massive for us. There's no reason why we can't come out and take a couple of wickets. If we can take a lead into that second innings, who knows what can happen down the line?"

Today was a special day for Jonny Bairstow. He's been up against it in this series, what with the headbutt that wasn't and then the on-field verbals afterwards. Today was a day to look back on fondly.

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'Bairstow's best Test innings'

Michael Vaughan

Ex-England captain on BBC Test Match Special

That was Jonny Bairstow's best Test innings. He ducked and swayed away from the short stuff and had so much balance on the front foot. It was as good as I have seen him.

England bowled too short again - especially Chris Woakes. He's struggling on this tour. England have to take every chance they get tomorrow. Concentration is key.

England's Jonny Bairstow, who made 119, on BT Sport: "We could have kicked on and got a few more than that. It's tough for the guys down the order; it's pretty ruthless."

On his dismissal, bowled playing across the line to Mitchell Starc: "It's about risk and reward, and I didn't end up being on the right side for myself today."

An update on Craig Overton: he jarred the rib that he was struck on during the Adelaide Test.

Latest on Overton sore rib. He jarred it trying to take caught & bowl chance earlier. ECB not yet sure whether he will go for a scan.

'Smith played with a cigar in his mouth'

Michael Vaughan

Ex-England captain on BBC Test Match Special

After two days I would still rather be in England's position. There are cracks in the pitch, a few have kept low. Is there enough belief in the dressing room that they can take chances? They won't bowl Australia out for much of a lead at all.

Steve Smith has 92 and he played with a cigar in his mouth. He could go really big. History tells you that the third innings is important. If the scores are pretty much level then England's batsmen have to be positive .

England dropped three chances which could have been taken. They have to hold on to everything and bat positively.

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Charles Davie: Can't help but feel Steve Smith is walking (sprinting?) his way into one of the all-time greats category. An average of 61.40 from 108 innings. Pure class.

Happy to Be Tommy: Whilst one of the ugliest willow wielders to play cricket you have to admire Steve Smith's work ethic. When he played for Sevenoaks he was fairly average as a club cricketer.

Steve Smith has been at the crease for 122 balls, and I reckon he looked like getting out to about one of them. He's booking himself in for a big score tomorrow. Interestingly, there's rain and thunderstorms forecast in Perth for Sunday and Monday, which is nothing something you expect to see in Perth.

I thoroughly enjoyed Jonny Bairstow's century this morning. He and Malan put on 237 runs for England. The rest of the line up managed 161 runs between them. That's a worry for England - Root, Cook, Vince need to contribute more.

Geoffrey Boycott

Ex-England batsman on BBC Test Match Special

England should have scored at least 450 but we have a tail which keeps on getting blown away. The fact is that they get out. Jonny Bairstow got out trying to get runs because he has no confidence in his tail.

As soon as Dawid Malan got out, it opened up an end and we folded. Another 50 runs was needed.

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Re Marco's baby- Dawid it is then!

Nick in Kettering

Craig Overton was the pick of England's bowlers, although that potential side strain is a worry. He was back on the field by the end of the day, though. James Andesron has been economical but he's gone wicketless, while Broad's iffy tour with the ball continues.

Geoffrey Boycott

Ex-England batsman on BBC Test Match Special

I would say it was Australia's day, yes, not overwhelmingly though. They are points ahead but they are still 200 behind. A lot can happen. Some of their batsmen aren't too clever. If Steve Smith bats on they will get to 400 easily.