Result: Australia in control of third Ashes Test by reaching 326-6 on day one

Australia regain control of the third Ashes Test against England by closing day one in Perth on 326-6.

Australia have regained control of the third Ashes Test, despite losing Brad Haddin in the final session, by closing day one in Perth on 326-6.

Australia's batsman Steven Smith raises his bat as he reaches his 100 on day one of the third Ashes cricket Test against England in Perth on December 13, 2013© Getty Images

The hosts frustrated England, who took three wickets in the morning session, after tea due to the strong partnership of Steve Smith and Haddin.

At one stage the Aussies were 143-5, but the duo helped improve the hosts' run-rate until Ben Stokes found the breakthrough by dismissing Haddin for 55 after his shot picked out James Anderson at mid-wicket.

The crucial dismissal put England on the front foot, but Smith was able to soak up the pressure and kept Australia rolling along by reaching his second Test century with a boundary through mid-wicket.

The tourists looked to the new ball to help grab another vital wicket before the close of play. Stuart Broad took it but failed to threaten Smith, despite the ball bringing some carry through to Matt Prior behind the stumps during the over.

After surviving despite being beaten on the outside edge, Mitchell Johnson began to look comfortable at the crease having taken runs from Broad, Anderson, Joe Root and Graeme Swann.

Johnson (39) and Smith (103) will return to the crease tomorrow morning as England try to keep themselves in contention for The Ashes.

Mitchell Johnson of Australia celebrates after dismissing Joe Root of England during day two of the First Ashes Test match between Australia and England at The Gabba on November 22, 2013
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