Australians 494 for 4 (Mitchell Marsh 162, Shaun Marsh 94, Head 90 *) carry Pakistan A 278 for 216 runs
Mitchell Marsh made his second century in as many four-day games as the Australians built a strong start to dominate Pakistan A on the third day. In total, the Australians added 287 runs on the third day and lost only two fields – those of the Marsh brothers – and with 90 undefeated of Travis Head, they were 216 races ahead.
Mitchell and Shaun Marsh, who already added 103 overnight, went on to add 104 more on the third day, as they took the Australians to the head. Against a team from Pakistan To infamously did not choose specialized spinners, the pair hit more than 70 overs before Shaun fell to less than a ton.
But Mitchell, newly appointed vice-captain of the Australian test squad, and maybe hitting No. 4 due to Matt Renshaw's absence at the top of the order, took another step in what has been a good comeback to be on the sidelines for five months because of an ankle injury. He went ahead to win a hundred and batted faster than the second day, and he liked the partial abandonment of Asad Shafiq, whom he pulled for 51 of 53 balls.
Keeping company towards the end of his innings was left-handed Travis Head, whose recent form suggests that the debut of the event is getting closer and closer. Head scored 87, 68 and 47 in his last three innings against India A under favorable conditions at the top and added to that race by finishing the third day undefeated at 90. Head has not marked a first-class century since March 2017 and has He finds ten less than the milestone after hitting 200 balls for his 90. He is the fourth Australian hitter to score more than 50 in the game.
unbeaten next to him, in 39, is Marnus Labuschagne of Queensland, who hit three fours and a six to score more than half of the races in a fifth-ladder position worth 87.
Pakistan Spinners Ifthikar Ahmed and Shafiq threw 54 overs between them for a wicket, while sailor Waqas Maqsood took the other wicket to fall on the day. Rapid bowlers, Rahat Ali and Wahab Riaz, the only bowlers on the team experienced in the test, also turned out on the third day.