Australia had a dominant day three with a 346-run fifth-wicket partnership between Steve Smith and Mitchell Marsh. The stand was broken on the second ball of the day wheb Marsh (181) was given lbw off James Anderson.
Skipper Smith soon also became Anderson’s scalp after scoring 239 off 399. Mitchell Starc was run out just after entering into the crease.
Tim Paine and Pat Cummins helped Australia’s lead extend to 259. They put on 93 runs for the ninth wicket. Cummins registered his third score of 40+ this series. He hit 63-ball 41 runs including 4 fours and a maximum.
Australia declared their first innings at 662/9 in 179.3 overs. Paine remained not out on 49 runs from 85 balls hitting 6 boundaries. Anderson took four wickets for 116 runs.
Josh Hazlewood sent back openers Mark Stoneman (3) and Alastair Cook (14) early in England’s second innings. Joe Root was caught for 14 at slip off Nathan Lyon. England were 71/3 at tea as rain arrived in Perth.
James Vince brought up his second half-century in the series. He made an impressive 55 off 95 hitting 12 fours. He was dismissed by Starc with ‘the ball of Ashes’ that went through his defences.
The rain didn’t led to an early stumps. England are 132/4 in 38.2 overs. They are trailing by 127 runs more with six wickets in hand. First innings centurions Dawid Malan (28*) and Jonny Bairstow (14*) will be looking to save England’s Ashes.
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England 403 & 132/4 in 38.2 overs (Vince 55, Malan 28*; Hazlewood 2/23, Lyon 1/28)
Australia 662/9d in 179.5 overs (Smith 239, M Marsh 181; Anderson 4/116, Overton 1/110
-Ruffin, Correspondent, bdcrictime.com