Billy Root joins the Barmy Army during the fifth Ashes Test

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Australia may have a pair of brothers on show at the SCG in the form of the Marsh siblings.

But, not to be out done, so did England on day two of the fifth and final Ashes Test as Billy Root joined the Barmy Army to support his brother Joe.

The Nottinghamshire batsman was spotted among the travelling fans, singing and dancing in support of England as they looked to salvage some pride in the five-match series.

Ex-England captain Michael Vaughan was commentating on the action at the time the younger Root was spotted amongst the crowd and absolutely loved watching him support the team.

"There's nothing like getting some brotherly support," Vaughan said.

"That's his brother Billy Root, right in the middle singing in the Barmy Army. That's what your brother does when you're playing for England.

"He plays for Notts himself. He's right in the heart of the Barmy Army singing away. Getting behind his brother, getting behind the England team."

Back to events on the pitch and Australia assumed control of the final Test, thanks to another unflappable display from Steve Smith.

The Aussie captain maintained his brilliant form by finishing the day on 44 not out, having put on a partnership worth 107 runs with Usman Khawaja, who is edging towards a century on 91 not out.

That all came after England's lower order managed to get the tourists up to 346 all out.

Tom Curran and Stuart Broad crucially chipped in with 39 and 31 runs respectively after the likes of Dawid Malan and Moeen Ali once again failed to build on promising starts.

And given Australia's strong response in their first innings, it would appear England fell someway short of a competitive total.

When day three gets underway on Saturday, the hosts will resume on 193-2 and trail Joe Root's side by 153 runs.

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