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Michael Clarke century gives Australia advantage

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Australia captain Michael Clarke hit a brilliant century on the opening day of the third Ashes Test, at Old Trafford, to leave his side on 303-3 at the close of play.

Clarke, who chose to bat after winning the morning toss, sits unbeaten on 125 as Australia put in a commanding opening day performance. 

Unlike previous Tests, Australia's opening batsman began the day  solidly putting on a first wicket partnership of 76 until Shane Watson was brilliantly bowled by Tim Bresnan and caught behind by England captain Alastair Cook. 

Then came the controversial moment of the day as Usman Khawaja was given out for just one run. 

However, Khawaja will be unhappy with the decision that saw him given out as he should have been given a reprieve after reviewing the decision as Hot Spot suggested that there was no edge and the Snickometer further backed up that ball hadn't hit his bat as no sound was evident. 

Despite this, the original decision stood and Grame Swann had his first wicket of the day. 

Then, after lunch, Swann had his second wicket - this time it was clear for all to see as Chris Rogers was given out for lbw. 

Rodgers played a fine innings hitting 84 but was unable to keep his early momentum and consequently failed to reach 100. 

However, his captain did, and Clarke's quality continued to frustrate England well into the evening session as his innings mean Cook's men have it all to do on the second day as they look to protect their 2-0 lead.

Topics:
Australia cricket
England cricket
Cricket
The Ashes

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