Clarke century secures Australia a battling draw

BIRMINGHAM - Michael Clarke's unbeaten century guided Australia to a draw against England in the third Ashes Test at Edgbaston here yesterday.

BIRMINGHAM - Michael Clarke's unbeaten century guided Australia to a draw against England in the third Ashes Test at Edgbaston here yesterday.

The result kept Australia's defence of the Ashes alive, although it also meant England remained 1-0 up in the five-match series ahead of the fourth Test at Headingley, which starts on Friday.

The Australian vice-captain was 103 not out in a second innings total of 375 for five, a lead of 262, when a draw was agreed in the fifth day's final session without England needing to bat again in this rain-marred match.

England captain Andrew Strauss felt a little flat at not having made it 2-0 in the series.

"Yes, I am pretty disappointed," said Strauss. "However, the wicket slowed down, literally died, so I can't really fault the bowlers. - Sapa-AFP

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