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Warner, Clarke smash centuries as England are pummelled again in Brisbane

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Australia will be looking to wrap up the first test at the Gabba with a day to spare when they come out to hunt down 8 English wickets on day 4 in Brisbane tomorrow. The hosts continued to dominate this first of five tests in this second Ashes series of the year, setting England an unlikely target of 561 to win the match.

Centuries from David Warner (124) and skipper Michael Clarke (113) formed the cornerstone of Australia's assault on the England bowlers today with the hosts declaring their innings closed at 401-7 after adding some quick runs right through the day. Australia then came out for a brief spell to attack the England top order and succeeded in picking up two early wickets to set themselves well on the way to victory.

Australia resumed their innings more than 200 runs to the good with their openers unbeaten overnight. Chris Rogers (16) though continued to struggle and fell in the second over of the morning to Stuart Broad to give England a massive lift. Shane Watson (6) followed suit 8 runs later, and suddenly there was a feeling around the ground that there could be a game on. However, it was not to be as Warner and Clarke counter attacked and took the game right back to the England bowlers, sharing in a 158 run stand for the 3rd wicket.

Both men scored centuries at strike rates greater than 80 and that meant that Australia had an opportunity to have another crack at England today if they wanted. Brad Haddin (53) and Mitchell Johnson (39*) added some quick runs later on to push Australia past the 400 run mark and set the match up perfectly for the hosts.

England came out for their second innings with a little under an hour to survive, and they struggled again. Ryan Harris got Michael Carberry to nudge one back onto his stumps for naught, and England were soon 10-2 when Jonathan Trott pulled a Johnson delivery straight to Nathan Lyon at deep square leg. Kevin Pietersen almost ran Alastair Cook out a few minutes later, but the England captain survived as the visitors ended the day at 24-2, 537 runs behind.

Mini Scorecard:

Australia 1st Innings 295 all out (97.1 overs, 3.03rpo)

B Haddin 94 (153) S Broad 6-81 (24)

M Johsnon 64 (134) J Anderson 2-61 (22)

England 1st Innings 136 all out (52.4 overs, 2.58rpo)

M Carberry 40 (113) M Johnson 4-61 (17)

S Broad 32 (45) R Harris 3-28 (13)

Australia 2nd Innings 401-7 declared (94 overs, 4.26rpo)

D Warner 124 (154) C Tremlett 3-69 (17)

M Clarke 113 (130) S Broad 2-55 (16)

England 2nd Innings 24-2 (15 overs, 1.6rpo)