England’s pace attack failed dismally to impart very much shape on the ball at all.

Jimmy Anderson was an ineffective as he was in the first innings while Stuart Broad was the only England bowler who looked even remotely threatening.

Warner, in particular, looked in great touch, going offensive early on against the seam attack and then smashing Graeme Swann over mid-off for six.

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Rogers too looked at his battling best as England toiled and Australia reached the 50 mark off just 13 overs under no pressure whatsoever.

England captain Alastair Cook’s fields were abysmally defensive with the new ball and showed a lack of invention as the session wore on.

Warner crashed through his 50 just before the interval, before Swann finally found the breakthrough for England.

The Aussie centurion fell just one run short of a much-deserved 50, edging one from Swann to Jonathan Trott at first slip, who took a neat catch low down.

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Khawaja survived the couple of balls remaining until tea.

Australia are in a commanding position with England’s bowling attack dumbfounded and Alastair Cook in the midst of a brain fade that seems to have started during the day two of the third Test and just won’t go away.