Brotherly love as Shaun and Mitchell Marsh celebrate Ashes centuries
Shaun (145 not out) and Mitchell Marsh (101) scored hundreds in the same innings as Australia reached 578-5 at lunch on Sunday.
It was a family affair as the Marsh brothers both scored centuries for Australia on day four of the fifth and final Ashes Test in Sydney.
Shaun (145 not out) and Mitchell Marsh (101) raised their bats after scoring hundreds in the same innings against England in sweltering conditions at the SCG on Sunday.
The selections of Shaun and Mitchell for the Ashes were met with widespread criticism following the pair’s previous struggles at Test level.
However, the siblings further silenced the doubters after Shaun and Mitchell made it two tons apiece in the series as Australia reached lunch at 578-5, a lead of 232 runs.
Australia were in control when played resumed on Sunday – Shaun and Mitchell unbeaten at the crease and settled in the middle, with the hosts 479-4.
Shaun Marsh was 98 not out when he returned and the 34-year-old – who produced an unbeaten 126-run knock in Adelaide – only needed five balls to bring up his sixth Test hundred.
Shaun hit a boundary off Moeen Ali (1-152) much to the delight of brother Mitchell and the SCG crowd as the weather pushed 41 degrees Celsius.
England paceman James Anderson (1-56) toiled tirelessly and without luck after two decent lbw shouts were turned down by the umpire.
Mitchell, who was 63 not out at the start of the day, joined his brother Shaun in celebrating a century an hour later, not long after drinks – the duo sharing another emotional embrace in the middle.
However, Mitchell Marsh’s joy was short-lived after he was bowled by Tom Curran (1-82) the next ball with a seaming delivery which knocked over off-stump.