Ton from David Warner lifts Australia – 3rd Test vs. England

Australia 385 and 3-235 (David Warner 112, Chris Rogers 54, Shane Watson 29*, Tim Bresnan 1-49) leads England 251 (Alastair Cook 72, Michael Carberry 43, Peter Siddle 3-36, Ryan Harris 3-48) by 369 with seven wickets in hand.

Australia got a reasonable 1st innings lead vs. England as David Warner stabilized their position with a century after sharing a hefty stand with Chris Rogers.

The Kangaroos smashed 385 runs in the first innings followed by 3-235 in 70 overs whereas England was bowled out for 251 in their first one.

The stumps were taken on day three (Sunday), December 15, 2013, at Western Australia Cricket Association Ground, Perth.

Earlier, the tourists started the day at 4-180 after 68 overs whereas Ian Bell and Ben Stokes were at the crease for 9 and 14. The first went early for 15 and his partner departed at 198 at his individual score of 18. Tim Bresnan scored 21 and Graeme Swann secured his end for 19 as the innings of England was rolled back for 251 in 88 overs.

David Warner - Fifth Test hundred
David Warner – Fifth Test hundred

Ryan Harris and Peter Siddle were the top wicket takers with three each, Mitchell Johnson held two whereas Shane Watson and Nathan Lyon chipped in with one wicket.

The hosts gained a vital first innings lead of 134 while Chris Rogers and David Warner opened their second one confidently by scoring 50 runs in 15 overs. The latter was the most attacking of the two and completed his fifty in the 20th over with a four. Rogers was dropped at 26 and the partnership went past the hundred runs mark in the 26th one.

Rogers attained his fourth Test fifty whereas Matt Prior missed a stumping chance of Warner at 89. The solid association was broken at 157 when the first was gone for 54. Shane Watson joined in next with David Warner who blasted his fifth Test hundred with another boundary. The latter was finally dismissed for 112 off 140 balls with 2 big sixes and 17 fours as Michael Clarke took his place in the center. The skipper lost his wicket for 23 as the total touched 223 and was replaced by Steven Smith who remained unbeaten for five. Shane Watson was at the other end at 29 as the Aussies powered 235 in 70 overs.

Tim Bresnan, Ben Stokes and Graeme Swann were the only wicket takers with one each.

Australia has taken an overall lead of 369 runs with seven wickets remaining and they are heading towards another victory.


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