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Steve Smith smashes double ton as Australia take control of Perth Ashes Test

Steve Smith hit his second Test double hundred as Australia put England to the sword on day three in the Perth Ashes Test

cricket Updated: Dec 16, 2017 15:10 IST
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Australia's Steve Smith celebrates after scoring a double century during the third day of their Ashes cricket test match against England in Perth on Saturday.(AP)

Steve Smith recorded a majestic double hundred to help Australia strengthen their grip on the Ashes as England toiled on day three of the third Test in Perth.

The home captain resumed at the WACA 92 not out on Saturday and, after reaching three figures early in the day, continued his serene progress to a second score in excess of 200.

Smith’s maiden double century also came against England, at Lord’s in 2015, and the skipper put Joe Root’s side to the sword as Australia cruised into a first-innings lead in reply to the tourists’ 403.

Having seen Mitchell Marsh bring up his first Test hundred in the final over before tea, Smith passed 200 following the resumption with a single off Moeen Ali as Australia moved to 460-4, 57 ahead.

First Published: Dec 16, 2017 13:53 IST