Australia vs England 3rd Test Day 3: Warner frustrates England with yet another century

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Warner scored his second century of the series

Australia opening batsman David Warner left England flustered and frustrated on day three of the third Test in Perth after smashing yet another century.

Warner was well supported by his opening partner Chris Rogers, who scored a brilliant half-century.

Starting out the day on 180/4, England batsman Ian Bell and all-rounder Ben Stokes managed to only add 10 runs onto their 34-run partnership before Bell was given out lbw off the bowling of Ryan Harris for 15.

Initially, it was given not out, but Australia captain Michael Clarke decided to review the decision just on the half chance and the replays showed that the ball was pitching in line and hitting the top of middle stump.

Just a few overs later, Stokes was caught behind off the bowling of Mitchell Johnson for 18.

Wicketkeeper Matt Prior only scored eight runs before being caught behind off the bowling of Peter Siddle.

Stuart Broad only managed to amass five runs before being given out lbw off the bowling of Johnson.

Tim Bresnan smashed a quickfire 21 before edging a delivery from Harris to Brad Haddin behind the stumps.

Anderson failed to last long either as he was caught by George Bailey at short leg off the bowling of Siddle.

Siddle and Harris were the pick of the Australian bowlers with three wickets apiece, while Johnson snapped up two and Shane Watson and Nathan Lyon chipped in with one wicket each.

With a lead of 134 in hand, Australia got off to a perfect start as Rogers ad Warner amassed a magnificent 157-run partnership, during which both batsmen brought up their half-centuries, before Rogers was caught at point by Michael Carberry off the bowling of Tim Bresnan.

Rogers’ outstanding knock of 54 came off 135 balls and included eight boundaries.

Warner registered his fifth Test century before hitting a delivery from Graeme Swann to Stokes at mid-on to be dismissed for 112 off 140 deliveries, which included 17 boundaries and two sixes.

Clarke managed to score 23 runs before being clean bowled by Stokes.

Watson and Steven Smith put together an unbeaten 12-run partnership before stumps was called.

Watson finished on 29 off 66 balls, which included four boundaries, while Smith remains undefeated on five.

Bresnan, Swann and Stokes all picked up one wicket apiece.

Australia ended the day on 235/3 and will continue batting tomorrow at 10:30 local time or 02:30 GMT.

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