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Smith century has Australia on top

By AAP .
13 December 2013 09:15PM EST

STEVE Smith's sparkling century led Australia's fightback as the home side reached 6-326 at stumps on day one of the third Ashes Test.

Smith will resume on Saturday on 103 with Mitchell Johnson 39 not out.

It was 24-year-old Smith's second Test hundred and first in a "live" match after scoring an unbeaten 138 at The Oval in a dead-rubber fifth Ashes Test in August.

The gifted right-hander has struck 13 fours and two sixes after coming in at 3-106.

Brad Haddin continued his brilliant series with the bat with a valuable hand of 55 in a 124-run partnership with Smith for the sixth wicket.

Haddin was caught at midwicket at 6-267 after poor shot selection from Australia's top order had put the home side in a sticky situation 5-143.

After choosing to bat first on a bouncy Perth pitch with temperatures in the high 30s, Australia struggled to 3-107 at lunch.

Chris Rogers (11), Shane Watson (18) and Michael Clarke (24) fell in the opening session.

Clarke had been in excellent touch with centuries in the Brisbane and Adelaide Tests but the Aussie skipper fell to spinner Graeme Swann in the second-last over before lunch.

Clarke was named on Friday as the ICC Cricketer of the Year, adding to the sense of occasion in his 100th Test. But his failure with the bat was a bitter blow in such a crucial match.

Swann struck again with the score on 129 when David Warner (60 off 77 balls) played a lame cut shot to backward point.

Stuart Broad peppered George Bailey (seven) with three consecutive bouncers, the third of which was top-edged to deep backward square leg in another lame dismissal.

For Bailey - averaging 24.25 in the series - it was an embarrassing defeat. The right-hander can expect more bouncers in the second innings.

Haddin, like Bailey, was out hooking.

Smith leapt in the air then kissed his helmet in celebration after reaching his 173-ball hundred with a pull to the boundary.

The hard-hitting Johnson and Smith have shared a 59-run partnership.

Pacemen Broad and James Anderson fussed around with their boots in various attempts to waste time and England bowled only 87 of their scheduled 90 overs despite an extra half-hour of play. However, extra drinks breaks were needed in the stifling heat.

Test great and former Aussie gloveman Adam Gilchrist was inducted into the ICC's Hall of Fame and did a motorcade lap of the ground at tea on Friday in front of his home crowd.

Gilchrist is the 19th Australian to be inducted.

C ROGERS run out (Anderson) 11 9 9 2 0
D WARNER c Carberry b Swann 60 144 77 8 1
S WATSON c Swann b Broad 18 41 29 3 0
M CLARKE c Cook b Swann 24 56 44 5 0
S SMITH not out 103 278 191 13 2
G BAILEY c Pietersen b Broad 7 17 12 1 0
B HADDIN c Anderson b Stokes 55 153 100 5 2
M JOHNSON not out 39 70 60 6 0
Sundries (5lb 3w 1nb) 9
Six wickets for 326
Fall: 13 (Rogers), 52 (Watson), 106 (Clarke), 129 (Warner), 143 (Bailey), 267 (Haddin).
Bowling: J Anderson 17-4-44-0 (1w), S Broad 17-1-78-2 (1w), T Bresnan 21-4-72-0, B Stokes 14-2-52-1 (1w 1nb), G Swann 17-0-71-2, J Root 1-0-4-0.
Batting time: 390 mins. Overs: 87.
Umpires: Billy Bowden (NZL), Marais Erasmus (RSA).

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