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Ponting leads the way as Australia take charge

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BRISBANE, Nov 23 (Reuters) Ricky Ponting completed his 32nd test hundred as Australia dominated the opening day of the first Ashes test against England at the Gabba today.

The Australian captain batted magnificently to reach the close unbeaten on 137 with Mike Hussey on 63 and the world champions in cruise control at 346 for three.

Justin Langer got the Australians off to a perfect start when he blazed a quick 82. Matthew Hayden made 21 and Damien Martyn 29.

England captain Andrew Flintoff captured the wickets of Langer and Hayden while left-arm spinner Ashley Giles dismissed Martyn.

REUTERS PM VV1324

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