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Tons by Warner, Clarke rattle England

ON THE ROPES:Realistically, the tottering England are probably hoping for rain interruptions to avoid an embarrassing defeat by Australia in the first Test

Reuters, BRISBANE, Australia

He did get a measure of retribution, though, by tempting Clarke into stepping out, only to miss the line for an ignominious dismissal the Australia skipper’s innings did not deserve.

England also got the wickets of opener Chris Rogers (16), Shane Watson (6) and Steve Smith (0) cheaply, but debutant George Bailey joined in the run spree with two sixes in his 34.

Brad Haddin, who made 94 in the first innings in his 50th Test match, inflated the score with a 55-ball 53 and Mitchell Johnson pitched in with an unbeaten 39 as even England’s vaunted fielding lost its way.

While Carberry was unfortunate to guide a Ryan Harris delivery between his own legs and onto the stumps for a duck, Trott’s decision to attack the short ball looked almost suicidal and resulted in him holing out in the deep for nine.

Kevin Pietersen, who almost ran Alastair Cook out on the first ball he faced, had reached three not out at the close of play with his captain set to resume on 11.

“What we’ve got in abundance in our dressing room is fight and character, we’ve shown that in the past, and we’ve just got to keep scrapping as hard as we can,” fast bowler James Anderson said.

“We know it’s a long series and if we do lose this match we’re going to go down fighting, that’s just the way we play our cricket,” he added.

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