Captain’s slog puts Australia in Old Trafford boxseat
Michael Clarke's magnificent century helped Australia dominate the opening day of the third Ashes Test against England at Old Trafford.
The visiting captain, right, remained unbeaten on 125, with Steve Smith comfortable on 70 at the other end in an unbroken partnership of 174. Chris Rogers made 84, while Usman Khawaja was surprisingly given out, despite negligible evidence he was caught off Graeme Swann.
“We accept that mistakes can be made,” James Sutherland, Cricket Australia’s chief executive, said as the side sought clarification from the ICC over the actions of third umpire Kumar Dharmasena.
“However, we feel duty-bound to seek further explanation as to how this decision was arrived at.” MORE
CLARKE’S TEST CENTURIES AGAINST ENGLAND
Dec 2006 Adelaide 124
Dec 2006 Perth 135*
July 2009 Lord’s 136
Aug 2009 Edgbaston 103*
Aug 2013 Old Trafford 125*
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Michael Clarke was simply masterful, working the strike, hitting perfectly fashioned shots to the boundary. He produced his credentials as a leader and also as a batsman of superb skill and judgement. MORE