Australia declared their first innings closed for 570-9 after tea before taking the key wicket of England captain Alastair Cook on the second day of the second Ashes Test at Adelaide.
Australia vice-captain Brad Haddin eventually departed for a typically aggressive 118 while captain Michael Clarke led the way for the hosts superbly with a masterful 148 to take the game away from England.
Paceman Ryan Harris notched his second Test half-century as the England bowlers toiled with debutant Ben Stokes perhaps the only positive for the tourists with his first two wickets - one of which saw the key man Clarke dismissed.
England lost captain Cook in just the third over of their reply as Mitchell Johnson scattered his woodwork with a quick delivery to leave the tourists under the cosh with a huge deficit with Michael Carberry and Joe Root able to survive until stumps without further loss.
Both teams and the crowd observed a minute's silence before start of play, and the players took the field wearing black armbands, in tribute to the late former South African president Nelson Mandela.
England resumed hoping they would not pay a high price for the catches they dropped the previous evening to reprieve Clarke and his sixth-wicket partner Brad Haddin.
Australia 367-5 - Haddin reaches his 50 with an inside edge away for three runs before having a few words with England debutant Stokes with the umpires having to intervene.
Australia 373-5 - Clarke clips a full ball from Stokes off his legs to bring up his second consecutive century in this series.
Australia 457-6 - Stokes claims his first Test wicket and what a scalp as Clarke goes for a brilliant 148 with a leading edge to Anderson.
Australia 474-7 - Johnson misjudges a full ball from Swann and chips a tame shot to Broad at mid on to go for just five.
Australia 479-7 - Haddin reaches his fourth century in Tests and first in three years as he pulls a short ball from Stokes through midwicket.
Australia 483-8 - Stokes grabs his second wicket with a fine delivery as Siddle gets a thick edge through to Prior to go for two.
Australia 529-9 - Haddin slashes at a wide delivery from Broad and he nicks behind to Prior to depart for 118.
England 9-1 - Cook goes for just three as he completely misjudges a very quick delivery from Johnson and sees his woodwork scattered.
Clarke has now scored more runs (4,361 at 66.1 average) in Australia than Bradman (4,322 at 98.2), the eighth most overall.
Clarke (108.9) and Haddin (132.3) have the two highest averages at Adelaide of those playing more than five innings.
Is Michael Clarke the best player of spin in the world at the moment? Shane Warne, in commentary for Channel Nine, was adamant that his good friend is the best on the planet. Ian Botham too was of that opinion and Clarke's two centuries in this Ashes series suggests the pair may not be too far wrong in that assessment.
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ECB chairman Giles Clarke: “Nelson Mandela was a truly inspirational statesman for many generations of South Africans as well as many peoples around the world. Under his patronage South African sports, including cricket, emerged from the dark shadow of apartheid. In the past 25 years South African cricket has prospered in Nelson Mandela's 'Rainbow Nation'. There is no doubt that Nelson Mandela's positive influence on not only South Africa but also the world in general has contributed to that sporting prosperity."
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