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Australia charge towards Ashes triumph

By Matthew Sherry

Australia moved to the brink of regaining the Ashes courtesy of a day of domination in the third Ashes Test at the WACA.

The tourists, who trail 2-0 in the series, resumed on 180 for four with Ian Bell on nine and Ben Stokes 14. However, they quickly slipped to 251 all out as Ryan Harris, Peter Siddle and Mitchell Johnson claimed two wickets apiece.

David Warner goes aerial during his typically powerful century that capitalised on Australia's dominant position at the WACA

Harris wasted little time in trapping Bell lbw on review before Johnson had Stokes caught behind. Siddle followed those efforts up impressively, getting rid of Matt Prior on the pull and having James Anderson taken at short-leg either side of Harris and Johnson ousting Tim Bresnan and Stuart Broad respectively.

Already boasting a 134-run lead, Australia - helped by Broad being off the field having undergone an X-ray on his foot - were given further command as David Warner struck a fine 112 and fellow opener Chris Rogers 54.

Rogers cut Bresnan to point while Warner holed out off Graeme Swann, yet - despite Michael Clarke being bowled by Stokes - Australia remained in a commanding position on 235 for three at the close, a lead of 369.

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Evening Session

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Australia 2nd Innings 

9.57am - STUMPS! Australia 235/3; Watson 29, Smith 5 - Watson and Steven Smith see Australia to the close with a lead of 369 despite England sending Joe Root's lbw appeal upstairs against the latter. The ball was pitching well outside leg stump and the review was subsequently turned down.

9.49am - Stokes is now suddenly in the midst of a fine spell as he moves the ball both ways.

9.34am - WICKET! Clarke b Stokes 23; Australia 223/3 - What a delivery. Stokes castles Clarke with a beauty that nips back.

9.16am - Michael Clarke gets his innings moving with a late-cut four. He and Watson have been subdued but England are not really threatening.

8.52am - MISSED CHANCE! - Great effort from Ian Bell, who anticipates a Shane Watson paddle sweep and gets his hand to a difficult opportunity. He had no right to even get that close.

8.29am - WICKET! Warner c Stokes b Swann 112; Australia 183/2 - Three deliveries after being hammered down the ground for six, Swann gets rid of Warner - who holes out to long-on.

8.17am - CENTURY! Warner (127b 16x4 1x6) - A cut through point off Graeme Swann moves Warner to a stunning century. A wild celebration follows from the opener.

8.03am - WICKET! Rogers c Carbbery b Bresnan 54; Australia 157/1 - Rogers is sent down a short-and-wide delivery by Tim Bresnan, which he hits straight to point. Maybe he was impacted by the aforementioned delivery.

8am - Oh, that ball misbehaved. A Stokes delivery hits the big crack running down the middle of the pitch, bounces up and strikes Rogers on the rib. That was nasty.

7.47am - MISSED STUMPING! - Matt Prior, for the second time today, misses an opportunity to stump Warner as the ball bounces low out of the rough.

7.46am - FIFTY! Rogers (118b 8x4 0x6) - What a way to move to 50. Chris Rogers, who has played second fiddle for much of this innings, leans into a glorious off-drive.

7.35am - There is immediate frustration for England when the action resumes, David Warner edging Ben Stokes through the cordon for four.

Afternoon Session

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7.10am - TEA! Australia 123/0; Warner 81, Rogers 42 - A fine session for Australia comes to an end with them holding a lead of 257. England's hopes of regaining the Ashes are fading.

6.50am - Warner continues to prosper and is on to 79 at a run a ball.

6.29am - MISSED CHANCE! - Ah, that was a tough one. Anderson finds the edge of Rogers but Alastair Cook is unable to cling on to a one-handed chance.

6.21am - FIFTY! Warner (56b 9x4 1x6) - A vicious pull takes Warner to a sensational half-century, after which the opener crunches another four over mid-on. Bresnan is the bowler on both occasions.

6.06am - Both Warner and Rogers are looking in good touch, with boundaries flowing freely.

5.50am - Warner picks up successive boundaries, capitalising on a full-toss and short delivery off Ben Stokes.

5.38am - MISSED CHANCE! - An opportunity goes begging as Matt Prior misses a stumping chance off Graeme Swann that would have dismissed Warner, who is beaten with a beauty next ball.

5.24am - David Warner gets moving with a powerful driven four on the up off Anderson. Broad, meanwhile, is off to hospital for an X-ray on his foot, which was injured by Mitchell Johnson's yorker.

5.10am - A good start with the ball for England almost brings a wicket as Tim Bresnan, opening the bowling as Stuart Broad is off the field, finds the inside edge of Chris Rogers - who is fortunate to see the ball miss the stumps.

5.01am - Here we go then. James Anderson has a new ball in his hand; how England would love a performance from their pace linchpin.

Morning Session

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England 1st Innings

4.20am - WICKET! Anderson c Bailey b Siddle 2; England 251 all out at lunch - Siddle grabs his third wicket as James Anderson inside-edges a bumper to short-leg.

4.19am - Swann takes a nasty blow on the fingers that requires treatment. He will bat on.

4.12am - Graeme Swann hits his second driven boundary before profiting on a Harris full-toss - which was a no-ball for being above waist height - with a cut through point.

3.57am - WICKET! Bresnan c Haddin b Harris 21; England 233/9 - Harris picks up his third wicket as Bresnan attempts to withdraw his bat but succeeds only in edging behind.

3.50am - Good stuff, too, from Harris - who is keeping up the pressure at the other end.

3.44am - WICKET! Broad lbw Johnson 5; England 229/8 - Wonderful bowling from Johnson. He pushes Broad back with some short stuff before sending down a fine yorker to pin him in front.

3.40am - Cracking stuff from Bresnan, who - either side of Australia taking the fresh cherry - drives three fours through the off side off Shane Watson.

3.32am - Tim Bresnan and Stuart Broad hit an off-side four apiece. The new ball is due but will Australia take it?

3.19am - WICKET! Prior c Haddin b Siddle 8; England 207/7 - A further breakthrough for the hosts. Prior, having been beaten by two Peter Siddle outswingers, falls later in the over when edging an attempted pull behind. 


3.01am - WICKET! Stokes c Haddin b Johnson 18; England 198/6 - Another wicket falls early as Ben Stokes drives loosely outside off stump and feathers Johnson behind.

2.59am - There's a sign of what is to come later. A Mitchell Johnson delivery hits a crack and seams a mile past Matt Prior's edge.

2.41am - WICKET! Bell lbw Harris 15; England 190/5 - That's the wicket Australia wanted early. Ryan Harris nips one back to Bell, who is hit plumb in front. Umpire Marais Erasmus originally delivered a not-out verdict, which was overruled on review.

2.35am - Six runs come from a first over highlighted by Ian Bell playing and missing prior to clipping four fine off his pads.

Pre-Play News

2.25am - It will be Ian Bell and Ben Stokes tasked with the initial work. The former is set to resume on nine and the latter 14.

2.15am - Hello and welcome to ecb.co.uk's live coverage of day three from Perth, where the third Ashes Test is taking place. With England set to resume on 180 for four in reply to Australia's 385, a special effort is required today.

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