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Cricket: Clarke hundred keeps Australia ahead

Australian captain Michael Clarke completed his 27th Test century as Australia continued to build a big total on the second day of the third and final Test against South Africa at Newlands on Sunday. Clarke made 137 not out in an Australian total of 434 for four at lunch. Australia added 103 runs for the loss of Steve Smith's wicket on a chilly, windy morning.

Cricket: Haddin, Smith rescue Australia after early wickets

Brad Haddin came to Australia's rescue yet again on Friday, featuring in an unbroken century stand with Steve Smith to take the home side to 201 for five at tea on the first day of the fifth Ashes Test. Australia, put in by England, were reduced to a parlous 97-5 shortly after lunch in Sydney but Haddin, who has been a constant thorn in the side of the tourists, was unbeaten on 59 off 79 balls at the break, with Smith on 48.

Cricket: Aussies check on Harris, Watson fitness for Sydney

Skipper Michael Clarke says Ryan Harris and Shane Watson will play if they are fit and available as Australia pursue a 5-0 series whitewash against England in Sydney. Paceman Harris and all-rounder Watson are in some doubt to play in this week's final Ashes Test after featuring in Australia's eight-wicket victory over the tourists in Melbourne on Sunday. Harris has general wear and tear from bowling in four consecutive Tests over the last five weeks, while Watson injured a groin muscle while bowling in England's first innings in Melbourne.

Cricket: Australia 143 for 1 at lunch - chasing 231 to win

Australia were 143 for one at lunch in their chase after 231 runs for victory over England on the fourth day of the fourth Ashes Test on Sunday. Chris Rogers had scored his second half-century of the Test and was unbeaten on 81 with Shane Watson not out 36. Australia are targeting a 4-0 series win ahead of the fifth and final Test in Sydney later this week. rsm/ajc/mtp

Cricket: Watson suffers another injury setback

Injury-jinxed Shane Watson limped off the field on the opening day of the fourth Ashes Test in yet another setback for the Australian all-rounder on Thursday. Watson, 32, who has fought an ongoing battle with injuries during his 50-Test career, failed to complete his seventh over late in the middle session and left the Melbourne Cricket Ground. A Cricket Australia spokesman said: "Shane Watson has some right groin pain and is being assessed by the medical staff on when he can return to the field."

Cricket: Watson suffers another injury setback

Injury-jinxed Shane Watson limped off the field on the opening day of the fourth Ashes Test on Thursday in yet another setback for the Australian all-rounder. Watson, 32, who has fought an ongoing battle with injuries during his 50-Test career, failed to complete his seventh over late in the middle session and left the Melbourne Cricket Ground. A Cricket Australia spokesman said: "Shane Watson has some right groin pain and is being assessed by the medical staff on when he can return to the field."

Cricket: Australia's Watson hits quickfire ton

All-rounder Shane Watson smashed a quickfire century on the fourth day of the third Ashes Test at Perth's WACA Ground on Monday as Australia built up a huge lead over misfiring England. The overall lead raced past 450 as Watson launched a morning onslaught against the English bowlers. Watson was 29 not out at the start of play but took just 40 balls to advance to his fourth Test century, taking 22 runs off one Graeme Swann over. His innings came to an end in farcical circumstances when he was run out for 103, from 108 balls with 11 fours and five sixes.

Cricket: Broad defies boos to spark Aussie collapse

Stuart Broad defied boos to snatch four key wickets and trigger an Australian collapse as England seized control on the opening day of the first Ashes Test at the Gabba Thursday. Australia, 71 for two at lunch after winning the toss, had a disastrous middle session, losing four wickets including two to Broad as the hosts went to tea on 153 for six. Brad Haddin was on 24 and Mitchell Johnson was 12 at the break but the day so far belonged to Broad, who was vilified in the build-up for not walking during the recent Ashes Tests in England.

Cricket: Watson cleared of serious injury

Australian batsman Shane Watson was Wednesday cleared of serious injury, with team officials confident he will be fit for the first Ashes Test against England. The powerful and experienced all-rounder had scans this week on a left hamstring strain he picked up during Australia's recent tour of India, raising concerns that he could miss the Test opener at Brisbane starting on November 21. But team physiotherapist Alex Kountouris said he was quietly confident Watson would be ready, describing the injury as "a low-grade muscle strain".

Cricket: Watson plays down Ashes injury fears

Injury-prone Australian batsman Shane Watson said Monday he is confident he will be fit for this month's opening Ashes Test against England despite suffering from a hamstring problem. The powerful all-rounder will have scans later in the day on what he believes may be a fascial tear, before discussing the results with Cricket Australia's medical staff and working out how best to prepare for the Brisbane Test, which starts on November 21. "It's not too bad," Watson told reporters at Sydney airport.
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