Highlights, Australia vs England, 3rd Test, Day 1 in Perth, Ashes 2017: Visitors 305/4 at stumps

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FirstCricket Staff, Dec,14 2017

Australia beat England by an innings and 41 runs

403/10
Overs
115.1
R/R
3.5
Fours
58
Sixes
2
Extras
14
662/9
Overs
179.3
R/R
3.69
Fours
86
Sixes
2
Extras
22
218/10
Overs
72.5
R/R
3.01
Fours
35
Sixes
0
Extras
18

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Preview: England, battered by their latest off-field booze-related scandal, will try to cling on to the Ashes urn at a venue where they haven't won since 1978 in Thursday's third Test.

England's chaotic tour reaches the point of no return as Australia, 2-0 up in the five-match series, look for an Ashes-clinching victory in the last-ever Test to be played at the WACA Ground in Perth.

Australian captain Steve Smith (L) and his England counterpart Joe Root with the Ashes trophy. AFP

Australian captain Steve Smith (L) and his England counterpart Joe Root with the Ashes trophy. AFP

Joe Root's tourists were rocked last weekend by a third alcohol-related incident in as many months after England Lions batsman Ben Duckett was suspended from a two-day tour match for pouring a drink on the head of senior player James Anderson following a heated argument.

The Duckett incident follows Ben Stokes' involvement in a brawl outside a Bristol nightclub in September and Jonny Bairstow's headbutt greeting for Australia Test opener Cameron Bancroft in Perth in late October.

"As professionals – with the young kids watching and hearing all the news – it's very important we are on our best behaviour," England's teetotal spinner Moeen Ali said.

"Off-field behaviour needs to improve and we all know that."

It is against this backdrop that England must somehow prevent Australia from sweeping to another victory amid predictions of a 5-0 series whitewash.

The tourists could not find a more inhospitable setting for their must-not-lose encounter with Steve Smith's flying Australians after heavy defeats in Brisbane and Adelaide.

England have not won at the WACA for 39 years and have lost their last seven Tests in Perth, all by hefty margins.

It is little wonder England teams do not relish playing in the unrelenting heat of the baking venue, which is being used for the last time before future games are switched to the new Perth Stadium.

'Must bat longer'

Australia fast-bowling great Glenn McGrath said England have two areas they desperately need to sort out for the WACA showdown to avoid further humiliation.

"Firstly, whether they have the firepower to take 20 wickets on good decks, and then whether their top order can score enough runs to put Australia under pressure," McGrath said.

England have to decide whether to call up Mark Wood to inject some much-needed pace into the bowling attack, although coach Trevor Bayliss has indicated he was happy with the four pacemen who played in Adelaide.

"I thought the four pace bowlers we had in the last match went pretty well," said Bayliss, referring to veterans Anderson and Stuart Broad, all-rounder Chris Woakes and debutant Craig Overton.

"As I said after the last Test, our batters have all showed they can all actually play at this level but we've just got to do it for longer. Making 20s, 30s, 40s, 50s at this level is not good enough."

Australia are likely to make a change with recalled all-rounder Mitchell Marsh in line to come into the side for struggling batsman Peter Handscomb.

"Other people might be unlucky to miss out but Mitchell fills the role we need for this particular Test match," Australia coach Darren Lehmann said.

"As a batter he was in some good form. But we needed his bowling as well. Now he's bowling, we can consider him."

Teams (probable):

Australia: David Warner, Cameron Bancroft, Usman Khawaja, Steve Smith (c), Shaun Marsh, Mitchell Marsh, Tim Paine, Mitchell Starc, Pat Cummins, Josh Hazlewood, Nathan Lyon.

England: Alastair Cook, Mark Stoneman, James Vince, Joe Root (c), Dawid Malan, Moeen Ali, Jonny Bairstow, Chris Woakes, Craig Overton, Stuart Broad, James Anderson.

Umpires: Marais Erasmus (South Africa), Chris Gaffaney (New Zealand)

TV umpire: Aleem Dar (Pakistan)

Match referee: Richie Richardson (West Indies)

With AFP inputs.

Published Date: Dec 14, 2017 | Updated Date: Dec 14, 2017




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1 India 4969 124
2 South Africa 3888 111
3 Australia 4174 104
4 New Zealand 3489 100
5 England 4829 99
6 Sri Lanka 4058 94
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1 South Africa 6386 120
2 India 6680 119
3 England 6320 115
4 New Zealand 6257 114
5 Australia 6012 113
6 Pakistan 4747 97
Rank Team Points Rating
1 New Zealand 2262 126
2 Pakistan 2843 124
3 India 3385 121
4 England 2029 119
5 West Indies 2538 115
6 South Africa 2238 112