Aussies on their way to regaining the Ashes

AUSTRALIA is well on the way to regaining the Ashes after a dramatic start to day four of the third Test at the WACA in Perth.

Queenslander Shane Watson hammered five sixes in his 103 off just 106 balls as Australia set England a target of 504 runs to win the Test.

Resuming on 3-235, Australia declared before lunch on 6-369.

It was Watson's fourth century in 49 Tests.

George Bailey also came to the party, smashing paceman James Anderson for a world Test record-equalling 28 runs in an over on his way to finishing 39 not out.

The massive over equalled the one set by West Indian Brian Lara off South Africa's Robin Peterson at Johannesburg in 2003-04.

The world-record successful fourth-innings run chase is the West Indies' 7-418 against Australia in Antigua in May 2003, but England's hopes of improving on that looked bleak after Ryan Harris bowled England captain Alastair Cook with the first delivery of the innings.

It was Cook's first first-baller in Test cricket - and he's the first man to get a first-baller in his 100th Test.
England was one for 24 at lunch.


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