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Last Updated: Saturday, 16 December 2006, 03:13 GMT
Perth, day three photos

Australia batsmen Ricky Ponting (left) and Matthew Hayden come out to bat at Perth

Ricky Ponting and Matthew Hayden make their way to the crease as Australia resume their innings on day three at 119-1

Steve Harmison celebrates dismissing Ricky Ponting

And Ponting is soon on his way back to the pavillion after snicking Steve Harmison to Geraint Jones - Australia 144-2

Michael Hussey takes a drink

It is thirsty work for the players and there are more frequent drinks breaks as the temperature tops 37C

Matthew Hayden

Matthew Hayden heads towards his 27th Test century as Australia's lead races past 200 in mid-morning

Monty Panesar

Monty Panesar is brought into the attack as England look for another wicket before lunch

Alastair Cook (left) takes a bat-pad chance off Michael Hussey, but it is given not out

And he looks to have Michael Hussey caught at silly mid-off by Alastair Cook, but umpire Rudi Koertzen says not out

Paul Collingwood (left) takes the catch to dismiss Matthew Hayden (right)

But the spinner's perseverance is rewarded when Paul Collingwood holds on to a Hayden cut at the second attempt

Matthew Hayden storms off the Waca pitch after being dismissed

Hayden's disappointment is evident as he storms off the pitch after falling just eight runs short of his century

The England players appeal unsuccessfully for the stumping of Michael Clarke

New batsman Michael Clarke survives a stumping shout off Panesar as Australia reach lunch on 220-3

Mike Hussey

Hussey continues after lunch and survives a number of close calls to advance to his sixth consecutive Test fifty

Geraint Jones fails to catch a chance off Michael Hussey

The shot that brings up the half century is a top-edge off Harmison that Jones just fails to pouch after racing 30 yards

Michael Clarke carves a ball to the boundary

Hussey is ably supported by Clarke who also breezes past 50 as Australia rack up 300-3 by mid-afternoon

Micahel Hussey celebrates scoring his century

Runs are coming easily for the Australians and Hussey cross-bats Harmison for four to bring up another Test century

Monty Panesar (left) jumps for joy after dismissing Michael Hussey

But his joy is short-lived - Jones holds on to a faint edge to remove Hussey for 103 as Panesar picks up his second wicket

Matthew Hoggard (left) congratulates Monty Panesar after removing Andrew Symonds

And Panesar is at it again after tea - Andrew Symonds nicks one to Collingwood at slip and Australia are 365-5

Michael Clarke (right) acknowledges the crowd after scoring a century

Clarke completes his century with another boundary through the covers off Andrew Flintoff as the lead moves past 400

Umpire Rudi Koertzen signals one of three sixes hit by Adam Gilchrist off a Monty Panesar over

At the other end, Adam Gilchrist launches a furious assault on Panesar and smites three massive sixes in a 24-run over

Adam Gilchrist hit four sixes and 12 fours in his 102 not out

Gilchrist goes on to complete the second fastest Test match ton in history in just 57 balls as Australia declare on 527-5

Andrew Strauss (left) trudges off as the Australian players congratulate Brett Lee

England's hopes of chasing 557 to win look even more remote when Andrew Strauss is lbw to Brett Lee in the first over

The Perth scoreboard at the close of the third day's play

Alastair Cook and Ian Bell guide the tourists to the close of play without further loss, but there are two more days to play



SEE ALSO
Third Test, day two photos
15 Dec 06 |  The Ashes
Third Test, day one photos
14 Dec 06 |  The Ashes


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