England fight to save Ashes opener in Brisbane

England fight to save Ashes opener in Brisbane

England fight to save Ashes opener in Brisbane

Australia's Mike Hussey, right, celebrates reaching his century as he runs past his teammate Brad Haddin, left, during the third day of their first Ashes cricket test against England in Brisbane, Australia, on  Saturday. AP

Hussey registered his highest Test score of 195 and Haddin contributed 136 in a Gabba record stand of 307 runs to propel Australia to a 221-run innings lead on the third day.

England, who have not won a Brisbane Test since Mike Gatting's team prevailed by seven wickets in 1986, reached the close at 19 without loss with Andrew Strauss on 11 and Alastair Cook six.

Australia rammed home an early psychological advantage by keeping England toiling in the field for 158.4 overs and almost 12 hours before they got their second turn to bat.

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