GREAT KNOCK: Aussie skipper Steve Smith.
GREAT KNOCK: Aussie skipper Steve Smith. Aap

Smith’s the man Aussies take control

AUSTRALIAN captain Steve Smith led his country valiantly on the second day of the third Test against India at the MCG, dismissed for 192.

After his patient start on the opening day, Smith resumed on 72 with his side on 5-259.

When he was dismissed, the last man out, Australia had taken its score to 530.

India lost only the one wicket before stumps - with Smith back in the action brilliantly catching Shikhar Dhawan at second slip - making it 1-108.

Trailing by 422 runs with three days remaining, India must win the third Test to stay in the series.

The day was Smith's. He notched his sixth Test century, passing the 2000 Test runs mark along the way and surpassing his previous top score of 162.

He is averaging 189 in the series and has already gone past 500 runs for the series and 1000 runs for the year.

His latest knock makes him the first Australian captain to make successive centuries in their first two Tests as captain.

Smith was ably supported by Brad Haddin, who resumed on 23 and reached his 50 within five overs as the Indian attack made the mistake of trying to unsettle him with bouncers.

RYAN Harris was also a great contributor, notching his highest Test score of 74 from only 88 balls.

Mitchell Johnson played in a similar vein to Harris and looked set for a big score before his dismissal for 28 from 37 balls.

MITCH Marsh has been ruled out of the fourth Test against India after suffering an injury setback.

The all-rounder felt some pain in his injured hamstring on Friday and was sent for another scan.

Marsh tweaked his hamstring on day one of the second Test and was unable to bowl in the rest of the match.