ASHES LIVE: Watson and Hussey boost Australia, Perth, day three, morning

From Sam Collins in Perth

Lunch: third Test, day three, Perth
Match score: Australia 211-4 (Hussey 60*, Smith 16*) and 268 (Hussey 61, Haddin 53, Johnson 62; Anderson 3-61, Tremlett 3-63) lead England 187 (Bell 53, Strauss 52, Johnson 6-38) by 292 runs
Session score: Australia 92-1 Australia win
Session in six words: Watson and Hussey pile on runs

If Australia kicked England out of their own Ashes victory party yesterday, this morning they slammed the door. With Shane Watson an imposing head of security and Mike Hussey impassive in charge of the guestlist, England’s night looks over.

The defining image was Watson putting the under-age Steve Finn in a dumpster, England’s only relief when Chris Tremlett snuck in the back and got him fired.

England left with their ears ringing with a noisy volley from Steve Smith – batting with the skittishness of a man who’d had a few.

The end of session score reads 92 for 1, when England would have been looking to restrict Australia below a 100, capping the lead at 300. It is Australia’s to lose now.

England bowled too short, Finn again leaking runs, Swann curiously not given a bowl. If ever there was a time for England’s talisman to lift spirits, it was when Watson and Hussey were at their most impregnable in the first hour. Yes he looked innocuous last night, but he had got Hussey in the first innings with a beauty. Baffling.

The other shame was Watson – again a victim of the 90s when his uniquely brutal beauty was in full flow. An Ashes hundred still eludes him, but he had done his job.

The morning’s headlines had been dominated by the sledging row. It’s all a bit pathetic – Anderson, Pietersen and Johnson are hardly Lillee, Thomson and Botham. You can imagine the fisticuffs – KP clad in Adidas, Johnson struggling to get his arm high, Anderson tweeting. Cannon fodder for the tabloids this, although it was interesting to see The Australian newspaper lead with the failure of their columnist Ricky Ponting.

Sam Collins is TWC‘s man in Australia and will be blogging on TWC and throughout the Ashes

Read more on the Ashes:

What the Aussie press said on day two: columns of conviction
Benj Moorehead feels the joy in England’s pain
John Stern at Perth takes a walk round the ground and triggers wickets
The second day from Perth session-by-session
Why it’s good for English players and Anderson to go home
The real Australian selection policy: Alex Bowden
Aussie press round up, day one: columns of conviction
The A-to-Z of the Australian cricket in 2010 by Alan Tyers

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