Dawid Malan ton lifts lucky England to 305-4 in third Ashes test

Dawid Malan hit a maiden century in an unbeaten 174-run stand with Jonny Bairstow as England took the honours on the opening day of the third Ashes test at the WACA on Thursday.

After electing to bat first, England were in some bother at 131-4. Then Malan, with a chancy 110 not out, and Bairstow, 75 not out, lifted the tourists' sagging fortunes to finish the day on 305-4.

England were helped in its cause by Australia dropping three catches and missing an opportunity to run out Malan.

Malan survived a run out on 32, and was dropped on 92 by Cameron Bancroft off Mitchell Starc's first delivery with the second new ball.

He brought up his maiden test ton in his eighth test by pulling Josh Hazlewood for his 13th four. He batted for 242 minutes in all and faced 174 balls. He hit 15 boundaries and a top-edged six off Starc.

The first century by an England batsman in the series couldn't have come at a better time, as England must win this test to keep the series alive. Australia won the first two tests convincingly.

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