The Ashes: Shane Watson scores rare Test hundred in finale, first since 2010

Shane Watson had to endure a long wait for this milestone - 47 innings and 24 Test matches. His last hundred (126) came against India in October, 2010 at Mohali. Although Watson has managed 11 half-centuries since then, the hundred remained elusive.

updated: August 21, 2013 19:59 IST
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An Australian number 3 did not score a century since Shaun Marsh in September 2011. Wednesday's Ashes contest however wiped out this dismal stat with Shane Watson firing on all cylinders. The No. 3 batsman dominated the first day of the fifth Ashes Test at The Oval with a 114-ball century. (Live Blog, 5th Test Day 1)

Coming in after the early demise of David Warner, Watson played in typical attacking fashion to notch up his third Test ton. His blistering century had as many as 16 boundaries and a six. He was particularly harsh on England's newbies - seamer Chris Woakes and left-arm orthodox Simon Kerrigan. Their first seven overs - combined - cost a whopping 58.

He found runs tougher to come by in the second session and, on 91, was struck a painful blow on the side of his head unprotected by his helmet, after he took his eye off a Stuart Broad bouncer while trying to sway out of the way.

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