Shaun and Mitchell Marsh have followed in the footsteps of the legendary Waugh twins to be the latest pair of brothers to score a century in the same innings of a Test match.
Shaun picked up the two runs he needed to complete his sixth Test hundred from the fifth ball of day four in Sydney, while Mitch brought up triple figures just after drinks in the morning session, his second Test century.
There was a moment of madness when the Marsh brothers embraced mid-pitch in celebration after completing the single to bring up Mitch’s hundred. But the ball hadn’t found the rope and the pair disengaged and quickly returned to their respective ends to finish the second run before laughing it off and soaking up the standing ovation from the SCG crowd.
The pair also combined for their first century stand together – 169 runs – in just their fourth innings at the crease.
Prior to this Test, Steve and Mark Waugh were the last Australian brothers to post a century in the same innings, against England at The Oval in 2001 when Steve scored 157 despite a leg injury and Mark caressed his way to 120.
The Waugh brothers also added 231 against the West Indies in Kingston in 1995, with both posting hundreds, but the Australian partnership record for brothers belongs to Greg and Ian Chappell.
The Chappells put on 264 in the first Test against New Zealand in Wellington in 1974 as Greg posted an unbeaten 247 and Ian scored 145 batting at No.3.
In the second innings of the same match the Chappells again scored centuries, with Greg making 133 and Ian 121.
The overall highest Test partnership between brothers belongs to Zimbabwe siblings Andy and Grant Flower, who put on 269 against Pakistan in Harare in 1995. Grant posted 201 and Andy 156.
Pakistani brothers Mushtaq and Sadiq Mohammad also posted hundreds in the same Test innings, against New Zealand in Hyderabad in 1976.
Brothers posting hundreds in same Test innings
Ian and Greg Chappell (three times)
Steve and Mark Waugh (twice)
Mushtaq and Sadiq Mohammad (once)
Grant and Andy Flower (once)
Shaun and Mitchell Marsh (once)
2017-18 International Fixtures
Magellan Ashes Series
Australia Test squad: Steve Smith (c), David Warner (vc), Ashton Agar, Cameron Bancroft, Usman Khawaja, Peter Handscomb, Shaun Marsh, Mitchell Marsh, Tim Paine (wk), Mitchell Starc, Pat Cummins, Nathan Lyon, Josh Hazlewood, Jackson Bird.
England Test squad: Joe Root (c), James Anderson (vc), Moeen Ali, Jonny Bairstow, Jake Ball, Gary Ballance, Stuart Broad, Alastair Cook, Mason Crane, Tom Curran, Ben Foakes, Dawid Malan, Craig Overton, Ben Stokes, Mark Stoneman, James Vince, Chris Woakes.
First Test Australia won by 10 wickets. Scorecard
Second Test Australia won by 120 runs (Day-Night). Scorecard
Third Test Australia won by an innings and 41 runs. Scorecard
Fourth Test Match drawn. Tickets
Fifth Test SCG, January 4-8 (Pink Test). Scorecard
Gillette ODI Series v England
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Second ODI Gabba, January 19. Tickets
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Fourth ODI Adelaide Oval, January 26. Tickets
Fifth ODI Perth Stadium, January 28. Tickets
Prime Minister’s XI
PM’s XI v England Manuka Oval, February 2. Tickets
Gillette T20 trans-Tasman Tri-Series
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Second T20I – Australia v England, Blundstone Arena, February 7. Tickets
Third T20I – Australia v England, MCG, February 10. Tickets
Fourth T20I – NZ v England, Wellington, February 14
Fifth T20I – NZ v Australia, Eden Park, February 16
Sixth T20I – NZ v England, Seddon Park, February 18
Final – TBC, Eden Park, February 21