28 Nov 2010

Centurions put Australia in control at the Gabba

7:54 am on 28 November 2010

Any hope the England cricketers had of breaking Australia's 22-year unbeaten record at the Gabba virtually disappeared on day three of the first Ashes Test.

They need another 202 runs to make Australia bat again after centuries to Mike Hussey and Brad Haddin in a Gabba record partnership of 307 put the hosts firmly in control.

While the pitch is playing well for the batsmen, England will struggle to post a big enough score to put the home side under any day five pressure. A draw is the best they can hope for.

Hussey hit a career best innings of 195 and Haddin pitched in with an impressive 136 as they dominated the day to help steer Australia to 481 all out and a first innings lead of 221 runs.

England captain Andrew Strauss survived 15 tough overs with fellow opener Alastair Cook to leave the tourists on 19 without loss in their second innings.