The Ashes has been the most Sought after test series of the year, and it is living up to the expectations.
Having pipped England to a ten-wicket win in the first test, Australia were on the front foot at the end of Day 1 in the ongoing day-night test match at Adelaide Oval.
However, the visitors were on a front foot in the very first over of the day on the second day. Stuart Broad caught Handscomb right before the wickets.
But a gritty Shaun Marsh had ensured that Aussies were put on a back foot with his well made hundred.
He got excellent support from Tim Paine as the wicketkeeper made the most of the crisis. He scored an impressive half-century. The duo has rescued Aussies from getting out for a paltry score. Pat’s Cummins once again shined with the bat after scoring yet another important 44.
The hosts eventually declared the innings at 442/8 in 149 overs. England came to bat to close down the massive first innings total made by Australia.
But Mitchell Starc sent opener Stoneman back to the pavilion before rain played spoilsport to close the day’s play.
Here is how the Twitterati reacted to the events that unfolded in yet another interesting day’s of play.
Always difficult to congratulate an Aussie as an Englishman 😝 but credit where credit is due to my @ScorchersBBL team mate @shaunmarsh9 on his 💯 not out. Silencing the doubters me thinks! Massively tough session coming up for England now! 😬🤞🏼 #ASHES
— Ian Bell (@Ian_Bell) December 3, 2017
For all the Shaun Marsh haters out there how good is his cover drive 👌
— Darren Berry (@ChuckBerry1969) December 3, 2017
Tim Paine can clearly bat. It's hard to reconcile that his only first-class ton came before the 2006-07 #Ashes whitewash had even happened.
— Brydon Coverdale (@brydoncoverdale) December 3, 2017
It’s Official …. A Wheel has fallen off …. #Ashes
— Michael Vaughan (@MichaelVaughan) December 3, 2017
Shaun Marsh is the first Australian to score an #Ashes hundred at No.6 since Marcus North's 110 at Headingley in 2009
— Samuel Ferris (@samuelfez) December 3, 2017
Well played, Shaun Marsh. You inscrutable puzzle, you silent enigma. We will never understand how it works, but today was grand. #Ashes
— Geoff Lemon Sport (@GeoffLemonSport) December 3, 2017
— Cricket on BT Sport (@btsportcricket) December 3, 2017
For all the crap that Shaun Marsh has copped throughout his career, I reckon being one of the keys to winning back the Ashes is enough to make him an Australian hero! #AshesAdelaide
— Paul Marsh (@Marsh_Paul) December 3, 2017
There was a 2,611 day break between Tim Paine's second and third Test 50s.
He is the only member of that XI v India in 2010 that is still playing FC cricket. #Ashes
— Tom Morris (@tommorris32) December 3, 2017
Well done Shaun Marsh – super innings. Tough stuff. Also terrific effort by Tim Paine – he changed the momentum this morning #ourturnnow!!!
— Liam Pickering (@lennyp23) December 3, 2017
Just been asked by an Aussie how many wickets England would lose tonight.
I said worse case scenario 3 or 4.
— Adam Mountford (@tmsproducer) December 3, 2017