Updated: 12/06/2013 11:03 | By Agence France-Presse

Clarke, Haddin torment England as runs flow at Ashes

Michael Clarke claimed his third century in five Ashes Tests and Brad Haddin raised another half-century as Australia tormented England in the second Test on Friday.


Clarke, Haddin torment England as runs flow at Ashes

England cricketers observe a minutes silence to mark the passing of former South African president Nelson Mandela on the second day of their second Ashes Test match against Australia, in Adelaide, on December 6, 2013

The skipper brought up his 26th Test ton and his sixth in nine Tests at the Adelaide ground as Australia seized the initiative in a dominant batting performance early on the second day.

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 half-century in the series.

At lunch, Australia had piled on 116 runs in the morning session to be 389 for five, with Clarke unbeaten on 109 and Haddin not out 57. The pair have added 132 runs for the sixth wicket.

England suffered a cruel blow when Haddin was given out for a catch behind off Ben Stokes for 51, only to be recalled by the umpire when debutant 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.

Haddin, who like Clarke averages over 100 in Tests at the Adelaide ground, played positively in a bid to post a challenging first-innings total on the batting-friendly, drop-in pitch.

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 Jimmy Anderson only for Panesar to be too slow to take the chance at long leg. 

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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