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Where: Old Trafford, Manchester
When: 10.00 (GMT)
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Australia’s top-order finally fired to keep their faint hopes alive of saving the current Ashes series, as they finished day one at Old Trafford well on top at 303-3.
Michael Clarke was the hero for the touring side after winning the crucial toss on a flat and even-paced batting strip in Manchester.
The Aussie skipper scored his 24th century for his glittering Test career, and it will go down as one of his most important as his side clings to the hope of not handing the Ashes back to England in just three Tests.
From the outset Clarke looked to set the tone for the rest of his side as he drove the fast-bowlers well and used his superb footwork to great affect against Graeme Swann.
Clarke will resume his innings on 125 and will have his eyes on a double-ton, to keep his side’s foot on the throat of the England side.
Steve Smith, who showed form in the three-day warm-up match against Sussex by scoring a century, is just 30 runs shy of his first Test triple figure score.
Both he and Clarke put on 174 for the fourth wicket as they looked relatively comfortable against the England attack on the first day.
The other positive for Australia was the form of Chris Rogers at the top of the order, with the left-hander unlucky not to be raising his bat for his first Test century.
The experienced West Australian made it to a well-made 84 before being trapped plumb in front by Swann.
Australia will have their sights set on scoring around 500 to give their bowlers a decent target to defend for the first time in the series they currently trail 2-0.
England’s bowlers performed better than their final figures suggested at the end of day one, but it was always a toss to win and bat first, with the conditions not as conducive for wickets as the previous two strips at Trent Bridge and Lords.
Swann again looms as the main player in the England attack with the Old Trafford pitch showing sharp turn and bounce on day one, with footmarks and a crumbling pitch to make it a minefield of the Australian batsmen around day four.
James Anderson and Tim Bresnan went for a combined 1-123 from 41 overs on day one, with the ball not showing the signs of reverse swing that made them so dangerous in the previous two Tests.
The other big talking point likely to feature on day two, hopefully not the controversial DRS, is the return of David Warner to the Australian Test side after being exiled for off-field incidents.
After losing the first two games, and with Warner showing some form for Australia A versus South Africa A, the dashing left-hander was recalled to the side at the expense of Phil Hughes.