TON OF FUN: Australian batsman David Warner celebrates his century on the third day of the third Ashes cricket Test match in Perth yesterday.
TON OF FUN: Australian batsman David Warner celebrates his century on the third day of the third Ashes cricket Test match in Perth yesterday. GREG WOODAAP

Warner has last laugh as Aussies pile on the runs

WITH all the joyful yells Australian opener Dave Warner let out after scoring his second ton of this Ashes series, he made sure he directed a shout towards mentally shattered English wicketkeeper Matt Prior.

Warner and Prior, both seen as key engine-room players for their respective teams, like to engage in a bit of banter.

And the two exchanged a few words at the start of the 27-year-old's innings during day three of the third Test at the WACA yesterday.

But the pocket dynamo in Australia's batting line-up had the last laugh yesterday, scorching 112 off 140 balls.

England will now need a miracle to stop the Aussies notching up a third-straight convincing victory in this series and grabbing the Ashes off the visitors for the first time since the 2006/07 summer.

Warner survived two chances during his knock, living through two stumping opportunities that Prior missed off Graeme Swann's off spinners.

The New South Welshman and his opening partner Chris Rogers (54) shared in a 157-run partnership to help give the hosts an already massive 369-run lead with the score 3-235 at stumps last night.

And after serial English tweeters Michael Vaughan and Ian Botham continually criticised the Australian team before this series, Australian legend and former pace bowler Glenn McGrath offered a response to warm the hearts of Aussie fans last night.

"Stats say @davidwarner31, @MClarke23 Brad Haddin have scored mores (sic) runs than the whole English team," he wrote yesterday.

Despite the visitors looking mentally frazzled last night knowing their grip on the famous little urn was fast slipping, Swann showed some admirable courage.

He was the best of the English bowlers with 1-51 off 23 overs, despite having what appeared to be a dislocated spinning finger put back in place while batting earlier in the day. Swann was one of two batsmen injured during England's first innings before the side was bowled out for 251, a deficit of 134 runs in reply to Australia's 385 all-out.

A Peter Siddle delivery crashed into his hand, with Siddle taking 3-36 after England resumed on 4-146.

Fellow quicks Ryan Harris (3-48) and Mitchell Johnson (2-62) helped finish off the visitors' batting card, with a Johnson yorker thudding into Stuart Broad's foot and sending him to hospital for scans.



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