Perth [Australia], Dec 15 (ANI): Skipper Steve Smith and first drop Usman Khawaja smashed scorching half-centuries as Australia mounted a strong fight back against England at stumps of Day Two of the third Ashes Test here at the WACA Ground on Thursday.
The hosts had an unexpected start to their innings as they lost both their openers David Warner (22) and Cameron Bancroft (25) in quick succession.
However, Smith once again proved a major stumbling block as he not only closes in on his 22nd ton with his 92-run knock, but also shared a crucial 124-run stand for the third wicket with Khawaja (50).
For England, Chris Overton was the only bowler to provide his side with some hope as he finished the day at two for 46.
Earlier, resuming at yesterday's score of 305-4, England looked all set to post a massive score with Dawid Malan (140) and Jonny Bairstow (119) seemingly in total control.
However, they lost six wickets for just 35 runs in a stunning collapse prior to the lunch.
For Australia, Mitchell Starc was a pick of the bowlers as he bagged four wickets while Josh Hazlewood and Pat Cummins took three and two wickets, respectively.
Nathan Lyon also chipped in with a wicket.