David Warner gets second consecutive Test match half-century

DAVID Warner brought up his second consecutive Test match 50 just after lunch on day one at the WACA in Perth as Australia looked to assert some dominance in the third Ashes Test.

Already with a 2-0 lead going into this match, Michael Clarke, playing his 100th Test match, won the toss and had no hesitation in choosing to bat first on a wicket predicted to give bowlers plenty of encouragement.

With temperatures expected to reach 38C, England captain Alastair Cook said he too would have had first use of the WACA wicket if he had won the toss as the tourists looked to salvage something out of what has been a miserable tour so far.

But the tourists got off to a good start when Chris Rogers hesitated running for a single and was run out after a fantastic piece of work from Jimmy Anderson who threw down the stumps from mid-wicket.

That was 1-11 and just the start England needed and after a brief flurry from Warner and Shane Watson, the latter played a poor shot and was caught by Graeme Swann in the slips for 18.

Warner was joined by his captain and scored freely before Swann induced the Australian skipper into driving in the air and he was caught low down by Cook at mid-on for 24.

Steve Smith and Warner had moved the score on to 3-125 after 29 overs.