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England dominates 3rd Test

Saturday, December 14, 2013

PERTH - Australian captain Michael Clarke's 100th-Test celebrations have turned sour on day one of the third Ashes Test after falling for 24 before lunch.

Clarke chose to bat in heatwave conditions on a bouncy Perth pitch.

Expectations of a lively first session were on the mark as the home side reached 3-107 at the lunch interval.

Australia have lost the wickets of Chris Rogers (11), Shane Watson (18) and Clarke. The in-form Clarke was caught at short midwicket by rival skipper Alastair Cook in the second last over of the session.

Clarke's dismissal was a triumph for offspinner Graeme Swann who had struggled in the first two Tests which yielded four victims.

Clarke had been in sparkling touch with centuries in the Brisbane and Adelaide Tests.

Opener David Warner is 49 not out off 55 balls including seven fours and one six while Steve Smith is yet to score.

England's fans were in full voice in the second over as Rogers departed, run out after a direct hit from James Anderson at midwicket.