The Ashes, 3rd Test: Australia take honours on Day 2
Australia assumed total command of the third Ashes Test by reducing England to 52/2 after compiling a formidable 527/7 declared on the back of Michael Clarke's brilliant 187 on the Day 2. Peter Siddle removed Joe Root and nightwatchman Tim Bresnan.
Australia captain Michael Clarke made 187, his highest Test innings against England. All AFP and AP images
Michael Clarke and Brad Haddin were involved in a stand of 62 runs for the 4th wicket before the skipper got out on 187.
Stuart Broad picked up the valuable wicket of Michael Clarke and finished with 1 for 108 from his 33 overs.
David Warner much hyped return was undone by Graeme Swann. Warner scored just 5 runs.
Brad Haddin, who was dropped on 10 by keeper Matt Prior, went on score an unbeaten 65.
Mitchell Starc once again showed his class with the bat and scored 66 not out. He and Haddin added 97 runs for the 8th wicket.
Alastair Cook was dropped on 15 by Brad Haddin. He stayed not out on 36 at the end of second day's play.
Peter Siddle has bagged both the England wickets. He removed Joe Root (8) and nightwatchman Tim Bresnan (1) in the space of 12 balls.