Jonny Bairstow kept his head with a fine century for England but Steve Smith showed a captain’s poise to guide Australia to 203 for three at the close of day two of the third Ashes test on Friday.
Smith was on 92 at stumps, with Shaun Marsh on seven, and the home side, already 2-0 up in the five-match series, having trimmed England’s first innings lead to 200 runs at the WACA.
Bairstow marked his first Ashes ton before lunch with a cheeky celebration, nudging his head against his helmet in a nod to his infamous ‘headbutt’ of Australia opener Cameron Bancroft.
The wicketkeeper’s sparkling 119 helped push England to 403, their highest innings total in Australia since the fifth test of the 2010/11 series.
England’s joy was tempered, however, by the runs that went begging. They lost six wickets for 35 in a sudden collapse late in the morning session, leaving the door open for Australia.
Smith opened it wider with an innings of typical poise, anchoring a 124-run partnership with Usman Khawaja (50) after seamer Craig Overton removed openers David Warner (25) and Cameron Bancroft (22).
“I think the game is evenly poised at the moment. Tomorrow’s a big day,” Khawaja told reporters after his 10th test half-century.
“We talk about it in golf a lot - third day, moving day.”
England may need to contain Smith and Australia with an injury cloud over third seamer Overton.
The Devon bowler clutched his chest following a delivery after tea and came off the ground after receiving attention on the field.
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