England was 95-3 at tea on Monday after Australia declared with a 503-run lead on the fourth morning of the third Ashes test at the WACA ground-
Australia 385 (Steve Smith 111, David Warner 60, Brad Haddin 55; Stuart Broad 3-100, Jimmy Anderson 2-60) and 369-6 dec. (David Warner 112, Shane Watson 103, Chris Rogers 54, George Bailey 39 not out; Tim Bresnan 2-53, Ben Stokes 2-82).
England- 251 (Alastair Cook 72, Michael Carberry 43; Peter Siddle 3—36, Ryan Harris 3—48) and 95—3 (Michael Carberry 31, Kevin Pietersen 24 not out; Shane Watson 1—8, Mitchell Johnson 1—22, Ryan Harris 1—23).
Earlier, Michael Clarke tightened his grip on the Ashes on Monday, declaring with a lead of 503 after his batsmen clobbered 134 runs in 17 overs and then celebrating the first-ball dismissal of England captain Alastair Cook.
Shane Watson scored a century, Australia’s seventh of the series, before his comical run out for 103, and George Bailey (39) plundered 28 runs, including three sixes, in the last over from Jimmy Anderson before Clarke declared at 369-6.
England made a dire start with Ryan Harris bowling Cook for a golden duck and the top three were gone before tea as the tourists laboured to 95-3 with four sessions remaining.
Kevin Pietersen (24) and Ian Bell (6) were batting together at the end of the middle session after Shane Watson trapped Michael Carberry (31) lbw to end a 62-run second-wicket stand and wicketkeeper Brad Haddin took a spectacular, diving catch after Joe Root (19) edged Mitchell Johnson to make the total 76-3.
Australia resumed on day four at 235-3 in its second innings and set the tone early, with Watson hitting 4-4-6 on the last three balls of the first over, which was bowled by Graeme Swann.
Following the example of David Warner, who scored 112 late on day three, Watson bullied an England attack missing key paceman Stuart Broad, who injured his right foot in England’s first innings and couldn’t bowl or field.
Steve Smith, who scored a century in the first innings, was out for 15 and Bailey faced 30 balls for his unbeaten 39, equalling Brian Lara’s Test record for most runs in a single over when he hammered 4-6-2-4-6-6 in a humiliating last over for Anderson.