Australia vs England highlights: The Ashes cricket live scores, blog – 3rd Test, Day 3

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    Australia v England

    W.A.C.A. Ground, December 14-18, 2017

    3rd Test - Australia v England Test Series 2017/2018

     
    England 1st Inn 403 all out
    Australia 1st Inn 9/662 d.
    England 2nd Inn 218 all out
    England won the toss and elected to bat.
    Australia win by an innings and 41 runs
    England Over: 72.5  RR: 2.60
    Batsmen Runs B 4s 6s SR
    J.M. Anderson 1 7 0 0 14.29
    Australia
    Bowlers O M R W Econ
    M.A. Starc 17.0 5 44 1 2.59
    P.J. Cummins* 19.5 4 53 2 2.67
    Last Wicket: C.R. Woakes, 22 (c. Paine b. Cummins) - 10/218

    Day result:

    Australia look to be in a commanding position at the end of the third day at the WACA, having built up a 146-run lead with six wickets still on hand.

    Steve Smith and Mitch Marsh remain at the crease at the end of the day with 229 and 181 runs to their names retrospectively.

    At the start of the day, England would have given themselves a good chance to remain even-stevens by stumps, much like they had done at Gabba.

    Little would they have known what was in store for them, especially after having grabbed the early wicket of Shaun Marsh.

    The bloody-mindedness of Steve Smith and Mitch Marsh’s surprising retort to being dropped from the side changed all of that for England.

    What made it worse for England was it wasn’t like Australia gave them chances. No dropped catches throughout the day, and hardly an appeal.

    The pitch? It looks docile at this stage but let’s also say that it was tough to decide what looked more dead, the surface or the English bowling.

    The rain forecast notwithstanding, Australia need to bat one session and bash England out of the game with another 120-odd runs.

    Scores at end of day
    England 403
    Australia 4/549

    Day preview:

    Steve Smith holds the controls of the direction in which the WACA Test could head at the end of the second day’s play in the third Ashes Test between Australia and England. Join The Roar for live scores and coverage of Day 3 at the WACA from 1:30pm (AEDT).

    A 237-run stand for the fifth wicket seemed to have taken England into a position of near invincibility but a typical collapse left them with only just enough runs to make a match out of this.

    At four for 368, they looked to have run away with the encounter, with Dawid Malan and Jonny Bairstow leading the side to that position with centuries to their name.

    But the problems that have afflicted them throughout the series came back to haunt them as they lost the last six wickets for 36 runs to fold up for 403 batting first.

    What followed the English bitter-sweet innings has been the story of the series; the tourists have been able to make early dents to the Aussie innings but they haven’t really gotten through the middle-order and test the potentially more brittle lower half.

    Make no mistake, they still have a chance going into day three of the Test. But standing between them and a rare chance of winning a WACA Test is captain Smith yet again, who was unbeaten on 92 at stumps.

    The early wickets of David Warner and Cameron Bancroft obviously pegged Australia back but Usman Khawaja’s century stand with his skipper brought parity to the proceedings.

    Shaun Marsh was at the crease with his skipper when the day ended, and with Australia still trailing by 200, things look interestingly poised.

    An early Smith wicket could trigger an English resurrection but if the Australian captain holds THE fort for most of the first half of the day, the hosts could well run away with the game.

    The Test match is still in anybody’s hands but going into the third day, Joe Root wouldn’t want to think of what-if-they-had-scored-500, an objective that had looked very achievable for most of their innings. Their bowlers could hold the key.

    Be sure to join The Roar for live coverage of Day 3 of the third Test 2017-18 Ashes series from 1:30pm (AEDT) and don’t forget to add a comment in the section below.

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    • Roar Rookie

      5:54am
      Kashmir said | 5:54am | ! Report

      England arrived on the continent with an anti climax squad. Had to turnout a damp squib this ashes. Without stokes, liam plunkett shoudnt be bowling in t10 league, steve finn & mark wood should have been in the squad. Where is haseeb hameed or butler or roy or hales????

    • 11:11pm
      Internal Fixation said | 11:11pm | ! Report

      Check Howstat out – Great for debunking some pretty amateur comments.

      Anderson is the top rated bowler over the past 2 years.

      I disagree with rating purely on averages but he is still rated as one of the best in the world.

      Yes it’s not England, it’s a Kokaburra blah blah but he is quality. Broad has destroyed Australia in the past but is down on form.

      At this rate Marsh will beat M. Waugh’s too score.

      How do you like them apples?

    • 10:16pm
      Brissie Boy said | 10:16pm | ! Report

      Touche Marshes. Do it against Rabada, Abbott and Philander in February next year and I’m prepared to wipe the slate clean. 😉

    • 9:20pm
      Jon boy said | 9:20pm | ! Report

      Great effort by Smith and Marsh, but this would have to be England’s worst bowling attack of all time, commentators even said that Glen McGrath could make a100 against them.

      • 9:31pm
        jamesb said | 9:31pm | ! Report

        Anderson has over 500 wickets, Broad close to 400. I can remember a few english attacks back in the early nineties that were much worse than this current lot.

        • 9:40pm
          Jon boy said | 9:40pm | ! Report

          That is the point Anderson is Old and way past it .Broad is a long,long way the bowler he was 1 for 345 today tells a story.

        • 10:56pm
          I Worlds Biggest said | 10:56pm | ! Report

          Yes indeed Martin McCague ( Aussie born ) was in that illustrious lineup along with Andy Caddick et al…

    • Roar Guru

      9:09pm
      Dalgety Carrington said | 9:09pm | ! Report

      Insanity from Mitch Marsh today XD

    • 8:56pm
      I Worlds Biggest said | 8:56pm | ! Report

      Epic days cricket, huge congrats to both Smith and Marsh on magnificent knocks. Outstanding batting.

    • Roar Guru

      8:53pm
      Suneer Chowdhary said | 8:53pm | ! Report

      At the start of the day, England would have given themselves a good chance to remain even-stevens by stumps today, much like they had done at Gabba. Little would they have known what was in store for them, especially after having grabbed the early wicket of Shaun Marsh.

      The bloody-mindedness of Steven Smith and Mitchell Marsh’s surprising retort to being dropped from the side changed all of that for England. What made it worse for England was it wasn’t like Australia gave them chances. No dropped catches throughout the day and hardly an appeal.

      The pitch? It looks docile at this stage but let’s also say that it was tough to decide what looked more dead, the surface or the England bowling. The rain forecast notwithstanding, Australia need to bat one session and bash England out of the game with another 120-odd runs.

      That’s that from me. See you!

      • 9:00pm
        Pedro the Maroon said | 9:00pm | ! Report

        MMarsh is the Watto we always wishes Watto would be.

        • 9:27pm
          Rock said | 9:27pm | ! Report

          That’s a joke right?

    • 8:50pm
      Ouch said | 8:50pm | ! Report

      Epic days cricket.

      A great Mitchell Marsh Christmas effu to all of us detractors.

      Well done mate

    • 8:47pm
      Jameswm said | 8:47pm | ! Report

      How good was that?

      Poms shattered.

      • 9:06pm
        Linphoma said | 9:06pm | ! Report

        Shattered but not broken. In the face of that, England have not fallen apart in the field. I salute the effort. Fear the result for them.

    • Roar Guru

      8:46pm
      Suneer Chowdhary said | 8:46pm | ! Report

      STUMPS
      Over: 152
      Score: 4/549


      End of an excellent day’s cricket for Australia, not so much for England. Australia are ahead by 146 runs and with six first innings remaining, it’s safe to assume they would be happy with the situation.

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