The Ashes: Michael Clarke's century lifts Australia at Old Trafford

Australia skipper notched up his 24th century and his partner Steve Smith scored his 5th half-century to take Australia past 300 with seven wickets in hand.

updated: August 01, 2013 23:44 IST
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Manchester: Michael Clarke dragged Australia back into the Ashes series by hitting his 24th Test century against a lackluster England on Thursday, taking the spotlight away from more umpiring controversy on the opening day of the third Test. (Scorecard)

The captain became the first Australian to make three figures this series as he reached stumps on 125 not out, with the tourists in command on 303-3 as they look for a victory to stay alive in the Ashes. (Highlights)

On a hot and humid day at Old Trafford, Australia's batsmen finally found some form with opener Chris Rogers hitting a Test-best 84 and Steve Smith adding 70 in an unbeaten 174-run stand for the fourth wicket with Clarke.

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