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RIO DE JANEIRO---The official
World Cup countdown clock in Rio de
Janeiro has stopped in time.
Although there's less than 11
months before the 2014 World Cup
begins, the clock set up by local
organisers at Copacabana Beach still
shows there are 365 days to go
before football's showcase event.
The Hublot clock has been stuck
since the Pope arrived in Rio a few
weeks ago, attracting millions of
people for masses at the famed
Local organisers said in a statement
Thursday they are aware of the
malfunction, and that "the company in
charge of maintaining the clock will
fix the technical problem soon."
There have been widespread
concerns with Brazil's readiness for
the World Cup. The preparations for
the Confederations Cup earlier this
year were plagued by delays.
World Cup countdown clock stuck in 365 days
dragged Australia back into the
Ashes series by hitting his 24th Test
century against a lacklustre England
yesterday, taking the spotlight away
from more umpiring controversy
on the opening day of the third test.
The captain became the first Aus-
tralian to make three figures this series
as he reached stumps on 125 not out,
with the tourists in command on
303-3 as they look for a victory to
stay alive in the Ashes.
On a hot and humid day at Old
Trafford, Australia s batsmen finally
found some form with opener Chris
Rogers hitting a Test-best 84 and
Steve Smith adding 70, in an unbeat-
en 174-run stand for the fourth wicket
That helped them overcome the
dubious dismissal of Usman Khawaja,
who was given out, caught behind
off Graeme Swann for one, despite
replay technology showing the bats-
man hadn t touched the ball. Third
umpire Kumar Dharmasena upheld
the on-field umpire s decision to the
amazement of most in the ground
as well as Australian Prime Minister
Kevin Rudd, who tweeted: "That was
one of the worst cricket umpiring
decisions I have ever seen."
Swann found some turn at a
ground widely seen as a spinner s
paradise---Shane Warne produced the
so-called "Ball of the Century" here
20 years ago---to grab two wickets
but England s attack toiled, with Stu-
art Broad limping off for a spell mid-
way through the final session.
England is 2-0 ahead in the five-
match series and need a draw or vic-
tory to keep hold of the urn.
That might not be so straightfor-
ward on this evidence.
Clarke has been the captain of a
sinking ship this summer and his
own form has dipped as a result,
making just 102 runs in his four pre-
vious innings this series.
As Australia s one world-class bats-
man, the team depends heavily on
Clarke and he delivered under huge
pressure. After reaching his hundred
with a scampered single, he held his
bat aloft, wiped the sweat off his
brow and then kissed the badge on
Australia s batting has been far too
open and expansive this series---the
team hadn t reached 300 before
today---but the perfomance was
noticeably more patient here after
winning the toss. Clarke, in particular,
picked his moments to pounce, with
a lofted uppercut for four off Broad
when 79 and then a straight drive
down in the 90s being his highlights.
His knock was all the more impres-
sive as he had come into the middle
with Australia on 82-2 and its fast
start in danger of being wasted, with
Shane Watson (19) edging Tim Bres-
nan to Alastair Cook at first slip and
then Khawaja becoming the latest
batsman to be left aggrieved by DRS.
HotSpot didn t pick up an edge,
while the sound that umpire Tony
Hill heard appeared to be Khawaja s
bat making contact with his pad
before the ball whizzed past.
Hill s performance was further
blotted later when he failed to give
a plum lbw against Smith off Broad.
Replays showed the ball would have
hit middle stump, but England had
already used up its two reviews.
The 35-year-old Rogers shared a
76-run opening partnership with
Watson and splayed England s pace
attack to all corners of Old Trafford,
with five fours in the two overs after
the drinks break, bringing up his fifty
off just 49 balls.
He started getting twitchy as he
entered his 80s, playing and missing
twice. He then became irritated by
movement in his eyeline in the pavil-
ion and Swann seized his chance,
claiming his second wicket with the
very next ball.
With Clarke having a penchant for
going on to make big scores---he had
four double centuries last year alone---
Australia s bowling attack, which fea-
tures recalled pair Nathan Lyon and
Mitchell Starc, should have some
much-needed leeway when England
come into bat.
Clarke ton drags Australia back
c Cook b Bresnan.................................19
Chris Rogers lbw Swann...............84
c Prior b Swann .......................................1
Michael Clarke not out .................125
Steve Smith not out ........................70
Extras: (4lb) .............................................4
TOTAL: (for three wickets) ..303
Fall of wickets: 1-76, 2-82, 3-129.
Still to bat: David Warner, Brad
Haddin, Peter Siddle, Mitchell
Starc, Ryan Harris, Nathan Lyon.
Bowling: James Anderson 21-4-
72-0, Stuart Broad 21-3-80-0, Tim
Bresnan 20-5-51-1, Graeme
Swann 25-2-82-2, Joe Root 2-0-8-
0, Jonathan Trott 1-0-6-0.
England: Alastair Cook (captain),
Joe Root, Jonathan Trott, Kevin
Pietersen, Ian Bell, Jonny
Bairstow, Matt Prior, Tim Bresnan,
Stuart Broad, Graeme Swann,
To s s : Australia.
Series: England leads 2-0.
Umpires: Marais Erasmus, South
Africa, and Tony Hill, New Zealand.
Third umpire: Kumar
Dharmasena, Sri Lanka.
Match referee: Ranjan Madugalle,
Australia's Michael Clarke
plays a shot for four off the
bowling of England's Graeme
Swann during day one of the
third Ashes Test match held
at Old Trafford cricket ground
in Manchester, England,
yesterday. AP PHOTO
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