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Marsh ton as Australia take charge of Ashes Test

Adelaide: England lost an early wicket before rain forced play to be abandoned on day two of the second Ashes Test on Sunday after Australia declared their first innings on 442
for eight.
Mitchell Starc struck in the seventh over, trapping Mark Stoneman leg before wicket for 18, to leave the tourists on 29 for one when rain at the Adelaide Oval brought an early finish.
Alastair Cook was on 11 with James Vince yet to score in the first-ever Ashes day-night Test.
Stoneman wasted a review, which only confirmed the umpire's decision, ending a dire day for the tourists.
Shaun Marsh earlier notched up his fifth Test century as Australia tightened the screws on England, making captain Joe Root pay for sending the home side in to bat.
Marsh scored an undefeated 126 off 231 balls.
Australia's score surpassed their previous best in pink- ball Tests, 383 in the first innings of last year's match against South Africa in Adeleide.
Steve Smith called a halt to Australia's first innings shortly after the dinner break after Pat Cummins was dismissed for 44. Marsh went for quick runs ahead of the declaration including a towering six while Nathan Lyon remained 10 not out. England suffered further indignity just before the dinner break when Cook and Vince collided going for the same catch off Marsh in the gully and the chance off Chris Woakes went begging.
Marsh and Tim Paine both vindicated their contentious Test recalls as Australia took charge. Marsh, in his eighth recall to the Australian team, backed up his 51 in Brisbane to strengthen Australia's position.
Wicketkeeper Paine, who received a surprise Ashes recall after being out of the Australia side for seven years, cracked 57 off 102 balls.
Paine, who took a couple of painful blows on his right index finger which he shattered seven years ago, shared in an 85-run stand with Marsh before he was caught on the boundary pulling Craig Overton.
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