Clarke: I thought Warner hit it

Australia

Captain Michael Clarke has defended batsman David Warner's questionable use of the Decision Review System on day two of the third Ashes Test at Old Trafford in Manchester on Friday.

Captain Michael Clarke has defended batsman David Warner's questionable use of the Decision Review System on day two of the third Ashes Test at Old Trafford in Manchester on Friday.

Warner, who recently completed a ban after trying to punch Englishman Joe Root during the Champions Trophy earlier this year, was caught at first slip by fielder Jonathan Trott off the bowling of spinner Graeme Swann.

However, he thought his bat struck pad rather than ball – and after a brief conversation with partner Clarke – referred the decision. On-field umpire Tony Hill's initial choice, though, stood – as television replays revealed an obvious edge.

"My reaction was, yes, I thought Dave hit it. But in fairness to Dave, if you have a look at the replay, he actually hit his pad at the same time so he obviously didn't feel the ball hit the bat. We had a little discussion in the middle," said Clarke.

"Let's just say we disagreed, but in saying that, I did say to Dave that I would back his judgement 100 percent. He was confident he didn't hit it so it was worth a look and I've said before I think that's the way DRS should be used. I think if the batter feels that he didn't hit the ball then his partner should back his judgement."

A fine century from Clarke had earlier afforded Australia a hefty final score of 527 for seven declared, with his 187 superbly complemented by half-centuries from opener Chris Rogers, middle-order batsman Steven Smith, wicketkeeper-batsman Brad Haddin and all-rounder Mitchell Starc.

"I got a century at number four. What a miracle," Clarke, who usually bats at five in the order, joked after play. "I don't know, we'll assess in the second innings let alone the next Test match. The number doesn't bother me. I've been saying it for a while. It's nice though to finally have a ton batting at number four but I'm not sure.

"I felt there was enough in the wicket – I played and missed a hell of a lot and had a fair bit of luck. Don't get me wrong, I love the result. It's better than getting zero, that's for sure but I think I'll be able to assess it more if we win the Test match."

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