Updated: Friday, 06 December 2013 13:22 | By Agence France-Presse

Clarke and Haddin grab tons as Aussies hammer England

Michael Clarke and Brad Haddin swept to centuries as Australia took control of the second Ashes Test over England in Adelaide on Friday.


Clarke and Haddin grab tons as Aussies hammer England

Australian batsman Michael Clarke (C) celebrates after scoring his century against England on the second day of their second Ashes Test match, in Adelaide, on December 6, 2013

Skipper Clarke claimed his third century in five Ashes Tests and the 26th in his 99th Test, while vice-captain Haddin blasted four sixes and 11 fours in his fourth Test ton.

The pair put on 200 runs for the sixth wicket -- the highest sixth-wicket stand in all Tests in Adelaide, eclipsing the 191 shared by Imran Khan and Wasim Akram for Pakistan in 1990.

At tea, the home side were 516 for eight with Haddin unbeaten on 108 and Ryan Harris not out 29.

Clarke continued his love affair with the Adelaide Oval with his sixth century in nine Tests at the famous ground, while Haddin brought up his third Ashes hundred.

Clarke, dropped by Ian Bell at short leg on 91, played the captain's knock while Haddin chanced his luck to bring up his third consecutive score over 50 in the series.

Clarke was finally caught by a diving Jimmy Anderson at mid-wicket on 148 to give debutant Ben Stokes his first Test wicket.

England suffered a cruel blow when Haddin was given out for a catch behind off Stokes for 51, only to be recalled by the umpire when Stokes was found to have over-stepped for a no-ball -- cancelling out his first Test wicket.

In scenes reminiscent of the bad-tempered first Test in Brisbane, Haddin and Stokes sniped at each other after the over and South African umpire Marais Erasmus had to intervene to keep the players apart.

Michael Carberry, who dropped Haddin late on the first day, gave the Australia wicketkeeper another "life".

Clarke darted off for a quick single off Monty Panesar and with Carberry's throw from behind the wicket wide, wicketkeeper Matt Prior could not effect the run out of Haddin on 18.

Haddin, who scored 94 and 53 during the first Test in Brisbane, had another big moment when he hooked Anderson only for Panesar to be too slow to take the chance at long leg. 

Following Clarke's dismissal, Australia lost the wickets of Mitchell Johnson (5) and Peter Siddle (2) in some belated joy for the beleaguered tourists.

Fast bowler Ryan Harris continued the plunder with consecutive sixes off spinner Swann. That made it 10 sixes in total for Australia in the innings.

The Australia and England teams wore black armbands and bowed their heads in a minute's silence for Nelson Mandela before the start of the play.

Mandela, South Africa's first black president and one of the towering political figures of the 20th century, died Thursday aged 95.

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