Close of play: Australia lead by 146 runs
152nd over: Australia 549-4 (Smith 229, M Marsh 181) In the final over, Smith brings up the 300 partnership with a single off Woakes. Australian fans will talk about this day for decades. Their team made 346 for the lost of just one wicket, and now have nine fingers on the little urn. Steve Smith made 229 not out, an innings of terrifying certainty, and Mitchell Marsh gave a masterclass in clean hitting to reach a memorable first Test century.
It was a miserable day for England, whose lack of pace and mystery spin was excruciatingly evident. They can still save this game and draw the series, but they need to do some urgent repair work on a collective spirit that was shattered at the Waca today. Thanks for your company, night!
151st over: Australia 547-4 (Smith 228, M Marsh 180) A short ball from Moeen is cut for four by Smith, who looks like he could go all night. He’s a paragon of unapologetic sporting greed. “Just to remind you all,” says Michael Vaughan on BT Sport, speaking with a solemnity usually reserved for Crimewatch presenters appealing for witnesses to a heinous assault. “If you can give England any kind of idea how to get Steve Smith out, please get in touch.”
150th over: Australia 540-4 (Smith 222, M Marsh 179) There are three overs remaining today, and Chris Woakes replaces Malan. One from the over. Australia are playing for the close, reminding England that this game is being played entirely on their terms. They’re almost humiliating England by not smacking them round the park.
149th over: Australia 539-4 (Smith 221, M Marsh 179) I honestly cannot think of a single thing to say.
148th over: Australia 538-4 (Smith 220, M Marsh 179) “Hi Rob,” says Tony…