19 Dec 2010

Rampant Australia poised to square Ashes series

6:15 am on 19 December 2010

The Australian cricketers look set to level the Ashes series after posting a big second-innings lead on day three of the third Test against England in Perth.

Mike Hussey produced a sparkling century at the WACA to propel Australia's second innings to 309 and set England a mammoth 391-run chase with two days to play.

Then Australia's pace bowlers destroyed England's top order after tea, leaving the tourists teetering at five for 81 chasing 391 for a now unlikely-looking Ashes-sealing victory.

Hussey's 116, as his batting partners fell like dominoes, was the highlight of the day after opener Shane Watson again fell short of a century, out lbw for 95.

England lead the five-Test series 1-0.