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03-Dec-2017 11:23:00 GMT
Australia v England, 2nd Test, Adelaide, day 2

Australia in control of second Test after Marsh ton

Adelaide: England face a battle to stay in the second Ashes Test after a Shaun Marsh century put Australia in complete command on day two in Adelaide.

Marsh ended on 126 not out, taking Australia to 8 for 442 declared with the help of Tim Paine (57) and Pat Cummins (44).

England spent 149 overs in the field after winning the toss and when they came to bat, facing an Australia attack armed with a pink ball under the floodlights, it seemed like a recipe for the top order to be blown away.

The tourists lost Mark Stoneman, lbw to Mitchell Starc for 18, before rain arrived to wipe almost 19 overs off the day.

England closed on 1 for 29, 413 behind, with Alastair Cook on 11 and James Vince yet to score.

Marsh and Tim Paine both vindicated their contentious Test recalls as Australia took charge.

Marsh, in his eighth recall to the Australian team, backed up his 51 in Brisbane to strengthen Australia's position.

Brief scores:
England 1 for 29 (Cook 11*) trail Australia 8 for 442 dec (Marsh 126*, Paine 57, Khawaja 53, Overton 3-105) by 413 runs

Wicketkeeper Paine, who received a surprise Ashes recall after being out of the Australia side for seven years, cracked 57 off 102 balls.

Paine, who took a couple of painful blows on his right index finger which he shattered seven years ago, shared in an 85-run stand with Marsh before he was caught on the boundary pulling Craig Overton.

Steve Smith called a halt to Australia's first innings shortly after the dinner break after Pat Cummins was dismissed for 44.

With Australia 1-0 up after a 10-wicket win in Brisbane, it is no exaggeration to say that England's hopes of retaining the Ashes are already under huge threat, especially as the next Test comes in Perth, where England have not won since 1978.


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