Aussies poised for big win
Aussies Poised for Big Win, David Warner and Michael Clarke Match. David Warner and Michael Clarke scored centuries to put Australia firmly in control...
Brisbane: Australia continued its onward march towards regaining the Ashes with a dominating showing on the third day of the first Test here on Saturday.
David Warner and Michael Clarke scored centuries to put Australia firmly in control of the Test leaving England needing an unlikely 537 for victory at the end of Day three at the Gabba.
The hosts declared at 401 for seven an hour before stumps and compounded their advantage by removing Michael Carberry and Jonathan Trott cheaply to leave England clinging on at 24 for two.
England would need to better the best ever fourth innings run chase in Test cricket by 143 runs to get the 561 runs for victory but more realistically will look to dig in and hope the rainstorms forecast for Brisbane materialise.
Barring a 15-minute rain delay before lunch, the weather failed England on Saturday and the day instead belonged to belligerent opener Warner and his cultured captain.
Put in the driving seat when their bowlers dismissed the tourists for 136 at the Gabba on Friday, the pair gleefully grasped the controls and raced away from England in a 158-run partnership for the third wicket.
Warner hammered 124 off 154 balls for his fourth test century and first against England, while Clarke's 113 came off 130 balls for the 25th hundred of his career and sixth in the Ashes.
Such days have been rare in a miserable year for Australia, who failed to win a single test in back-to-back series defeats in India and England, and the packed house at the Gabba revelled in the summer sunshine.
Australia had resumed on 65 without loss but Chris Rogers was gone, caught at point from Stuart Broad's first delivery, before Warner had the five runs he needed for his 50.