Steve Smith scored his third double-hundred. (Source: Twitter)
Steve Smith scored his third double-hundred. (Source: Twitter)

England were in a spot of bother at the end of day 3 after they lost Joe Root, Rory Burns and Jason Roy in quick succession to conclude the proceedings at 200/5 in reply to Australia’s 497/8 (D). Root scored 71 while Burns got out for 81. Roy managed 22 before getting back in the hut. Earlier, Steve Smith had struck his third double-hundred in the process.


“I would do something differently with my field placings,” Paine said. “There was times looking back at it where it was really obvious I should’ve had the field up and allowed Ben even to hit a couple of boundaries so we had more balls at the tailender. But I didn’t do that. The mistake’s been made, we’ve moved on, we’ve learned from it, but that would’ve been the main thing I would’ve done differently.”

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“We made some mistakes, it happens, we’ve addressed it as a team, we’ve spoken about it honestly. I was certainly one of those people who made mistakes, it happens in cricket, we’ve moved on and we’re here ready for a great Test match.”

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“Usman’s obviously a key player in our side batting at No. 3 and he hasn’t scored the runs that he or we would like,” Paine said. “So with Steve Smith coming back it was a tough decision to make on Usman, but we think he’s still got a lot of cricket left in him, he’s had a very good Test record over his career, and we expect he will bounce back pretty strongly.”I give my opinion, it’s only been spoken about that I’ve been aware of this week, Us hasn’t scored the runs that he would like and we would like from him and it’s unfortunate for him that Steve Smith missed the last Test, and when a player that good is coming back someone’s got to make way. It’s a good thing for us that we’ve got a player of Usman’s quality on the sidelines, it means we’re getting our team to where we want to be and we want our selectors making hard decisions.”