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Australia in Day 2 continued from their 0/25 overnight, with Watson and Katich building a good partnership before it happened again! Collapse reared it’s head, Ponting went trying to tickle one down leg side, Clarke was torturous before he was dismissed and North came and went without anyone really noticing.

Enter Haddin, who joined Michael Hussey at 5/143, still 117 behind. Together they did something magical and brought a smile to a lot of Australian faces, they valued their wicket and fought out a tough and splendid spell of bowling from the English quicks late day 2 and the opening morning day 3, James Anderson the pick as he beat the bat and induced false shots but none frustratingly went to hand for the English.

Once they had survived that onslaught with an overturned LBW and one not given due to Dar’s reluctance, they produced one of their own, smashing the ball to all parts, Michael Hussey using the pull shot to perfection especially against Swann who was touted as England’s weapon for the series.

The way Michael Hussey brought up his hundred was great, pushing a ball into the onside for four, letting out a primal scream after all the media speculation and calls for his dumping, pumping his fist to the applause of a packed GABBA. Brad Haddin not to be outdone brought his century up with something fans have seen from him for years, a lofted six off spinner Graeame Swann.

Both men continued crushing the English attack into dust, Hussey finishing up on 195 holing out in the deep and Brad Haddin as caught at slip. This prompted the tail to be hooked by Finn to end Australia’s innings on 481. England’s openers negotiated a tough small session to be 0/19 with a huge task ahead of them tomorrow to try and save the game while Australia will be looking to wrap things up.

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