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Pint-sized Ashes: Best TMS moments from day two as Australia take control
Second Ashes Test, Adelaide Oval (day two of five)
Australia 442-8 dec (149 overs): Marsh 126*, Paine 57, Overton 3-105
England 29-1 (9.1 overs): Stoneman 18, Starc 1-13

England face a battle to stay in the second Ashes Test after a Shaun Marsh century put Australia in command on day two in Adelaide.

Marsh ended on 126 not out, taking Australia to 442-8 declared with the help of Tim Paine (57) and Pat Cummins (44).

England spent 149 overs in the field after winning the toss and when they came to bat, facing an Australia attack armed with a pink ball under the floodlights, it seemed like a recipe for the top order to be blown away.

The tourists lost Mark Stoneman, lbw to Mitchell Starc for 18, before rain arrived to wipe almost 19 overs off the day.

England closed on 29-1, 413 behind, with Alastair Cook on 11 and James Vince yet to score.

With Australia 1-0 up after a 10-wicket win in Brisbane, it is no exaggeration to say that England’s hopes of retaining the Ashes are already under huge threat, especially as the next Test comes in Perth, where England have not won since 1978.

England spent 149 overs in the field in Australia’s first innings

England’s demoralising day

This Test, the first day-nighter in Ashes history, was earmarked as a must-win for England in their bid to defend the urn.

The pink ball, floodlights and often-wet weather seemed ideal to be exploited by the likes of James Anderson and Stuart Broad.

But after Joe Root became the first captain in 25 years to field first at the Adelaide Oval, England bowled poorly on day one and paid the price on day two.

Though England improved on their first-day display, they spent most of Sunday in the field thanks to a combination of lucklessness and Marsh’s admirable occupation of the crease.

It always seemed likely that Australia would declare and give England a difficult evening period to try to survive.

The home crowd had already been buoyed by some late Marsh hitting and were eager for English pain when Starc began delivering the ball at 93mph.

With England initially scoring freely, both sets of fans were vocal, only for Stoneman to be pinned by a searing Starc yorker that would have demolished leg stump.

In the end, England were pleased to see the rain.

Mitchell Starc is the leading wicket-taker in the series with seven victims, ahead of Stuart Broad (5) and Nathan Lyon (5)

Marsh vindicates selectors

Marsh’s call-up for the first Test was met with derision by some