England skipper Alastair Cook won his first toss of the series and sent Australia in. The hosts were in trouble early, reeling at 97/5.
Enter wicketkeeper batsman Brad Haddin and all-rounder Steve Smith as the pair put on a 128-run sixth wicket rescue partnership before Haddin eventually went for an entertaining 75.
Smith continued the charge to register his second century of the series with a colourful 115 from 154 deliveries. Earlier, Shane Watson also contributed 43.
England pacer Ben Stokes clinched a career-best bowling figures of 6/99 in only his fourth match.
In the 25 minutes before stumps Australia claimed the wicket of opener Michael Carberry with England 8/1 at the close of play. Cook is batting on 7 while night watchman James Anderson is on 1.
--IANS (Posted on 03-01-2014)