Marsh ton leaves England reeling

03 December 2017 22:17:04 GMTPlus11

Australia are well on top after day two of the second Ashes Test against England in Adelaide, with Shaun Marsh making a superb unbeaten century.

Veteran left-hander Marsh made 126 not out from 231 balls faced as the hosts declared on 442-8 in their first innings, with the tourists losing opener Mark Stoneman in reply before rain brought an early end to the day.

You feel Cook is the key to the whole of England's batting.

Michael Vaughan

Marsh was given fine support by Tim Paine, who made 57, while Pat Cummins also contributed 44 as the England attack toiled in less than helpful conditions.

Debutant seamer Craig Overton eventually ended with 3-105, while Stuart Broad claimed 2-72.

When England began their reply under the lights, they were tested to the full by Mitchell Starc and Josh Hazlewood, with the former making the first breakthrough.

Stoneman had looked in good touch in making 18 from 21 balls, before being trapped leg before wicket by a full inswinger from left-armer Starc.

Alastair Cook was unbeaten on 11 when inclement weather forced the players from the field, while James Vince had yet to score.

England were 29-1, still 413 runs in arrears, with former captain Michael Vaughan believing the current side need Cook to make a big score if they are to escape from Adelaide with a draw.

He told BBC Test Match Special: "You feel Cook is the key to the whole of England's batting. Whenever he is out there, there is a calmness about the team.

"They desperately need his form and for him to be out there for long periods of time.

"He has to withstand the storm that will come from the trio of quicks. If Australia knock him early, that will send a few judders."

England are now priced at 2.00 to secure a draw in Adelaide, with Cook 2.20 to be the next man dismissed, while the left-handed opener is 2.00 to be the top team batsman in the England first innings.

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