Scores Summary: Australia 303-3 (M Clarke 125 not out, C Rogers 84, Steve Smith 70 not out; G Swann 2-82).
MANCHESTER, England (Sporting Alert) — Australia reached a solid 303 for three at the close on day one of the third Ashes Test against England at Old Trafford on Thursday.
Winning the toss and deciding to bat first, the Aussies dominated the first day with captain Michael Clarke, promoting himself to bat at No. 4, currently leading the way with an undefeated 125 from 208 balls.
Clarke hit 17 fours already in his knock on his way to making his 23rd Test century.
Steve Smith was there with the skipper at the close, unbeaten on 70.
Earlier opener Chris Rogers made 84, while there were controversy over the dismissal of Usman Khawaja, who was left stunned by a very poor decision from the 3rd umpire.
Shane Watson’s struggles continue, as he only made 19 before being first out when the score was on 76.
Graeme Swann has so far taken two wickets for England, while Tim Bresnan has taken the other.
England lead the five-match series 2-0 and can retain the Ashes if they manage to avoid defeat.
Australia first innings S Watson c Cook b Bresnan 19 C Rogers lbw Swann 84 U Khawaja c Prior b Swann 1 M Clarke not out 125 S Smith not out 70 Extras (lb 4) 4 Total (3 wickets; 90 overs) 303 Fall of wickets: 1-76 2-82 3-129 Bowling: Anderson 21-4-72-0, Broad 21-3-80-0, Bresnan 20-5-51-1, Swann 25-2-82-2, Root 2-0-8-0, Trott 1-0-6-0.