England 260 (Cook 76, Siddle 6-54) & 19-0 v
Australia 481 (Hussey 195, Haddin 136)
First Ashes Test, Brisbane, day three
England face an uphill task to get anything out of the opening Ashes Test in Brisbane after big centuries from Michael Hussey and Brad Haddin handed Australia a first-innings lead of 221.
Replying to England's 260, Australia powered their way to 481 with Hussey and Haddin sharing a stand worth 307 for the sixth wicket before England closed the day on 19 without loss in their second innings.
Hussey stroked 195 and Haddin 136 to frustrate England, who bowled well in the opening session with no reward as a succession of lbw shouts were either turned down or overturned on review, allowing Hussey to move to his 12th Test century and Haddin to his third, and second against England.
Hussey hit 26 fours and a six as he compiled a new career-best score while Haddin faced 287 deliveries before the partnership was finally broken when Haddin was caught by Paul Collingwood off Graeme Swann and soon after Hussey was caught by Alastair Cook off Steven Finn.
Finn also dismissed Mitchell Johnson (0), Xavier Doherty (16) and Peter Siddle (6) to end with figures of six for 125 while there were two wickets apiece for Anderson and Swann.
England's openers Cook and Andrew Strauss then saw out a testing final passage of play as England at least began their mountainous task in the right way, Cook unbeaten on six and Strauss on 11 at stumps.
Australia had been 143 for five in their first innings and before the twin centuries from Hussey and Haddin, were propped up by Simon Katich's half-century while England's innings included Test-best figures of six for 54 from Peter Siddle, which included a hat-trick.
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