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Australia vs England: The Ashes cricket live scores, blog – 3rd Test, Day 4

17th December, 2017

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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
First ball: 1:30pm (AEDT) - 10:30am (local)
Venue: WACA, Perth
TV: Live, Nine Network
Online: Cricket Australia Live Pass
Overall record: Played 343, Australia 142, England 108, drawn 93
Record in Australia: Played 164, Australia 84, England 56, drawn 24
Record at the WACA: Played 13, Australia 9, England 1, drawn 3
Umpires: Chris Gaffaney and Marais Erasmus

First Test: Australia won by 10 wickets
Second Test: Australia won by 120 runs

Australia
1. David Warner
2. Cameron Bancroft
3. Usman Khawaja
4. Steve Smith (c)
5. Shaun Marsh
6. Mitchell Marsh
7. Tim Paine (wk)
8. Mitchell Starc
9. Pat Cummins
10. Nathan Lyon
11. Josh Hazlewood

England
1. Alastair Cook
2. Mark Stoneman
3. James Vince
4. Joe Root (c)
5. Dawid Malan
6. Jonny Bairstow (wk)
7. Moeen Ali
8. Chris Woakes
9. Stuart Broad
10. Craig Overton
11. James Anderson
Is Steve Smith really so bad? (Photo by Philip Brown/Getty Images)
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Day result:

England trail by 127 runs and have six wickets in hand ahead of the final day of the Test at the WACA, with Australia looking to be a in a strong position should the skies stay clear to win the Test and the series.

Scores at end of day
England 403, 4/132
Australia 9/662d

Day preview:

Science can’t explain why Mitch Marsh is on the verge of a double-century – while at the other end of the crease, Steve Smith already has one – but that’s the position we find ourselves in today on Day 4 at the WACA. Join The Roar for a live blog of the day’s play, starting from 1:30pm AEDT.

Australia were in a decent enough position at the beginning of Day 3, starting to build a respectable total with Smith well entrenched at the crease and Shaun Marsh, coming off a century at Adelaide Oval, just starting at the other end.

It was not to last though as Shaun was taken early, to be replaced by his brother Mitch.

There were plenty of nervous faces at the WACA as Mitch took up his spot – a controversial selection for this Test, the vast majority believed he did not belong there, and not entirely without good reason.

But, his form on Day 4 made a mockery of any scepticism around him. He has shown immense confidence to notch 181 runs off just 234 balls, while Smith has played the patient man at the other end, and currently totals 229 off 390.

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As a result Smith and Marsh have put up a 301-run partnership and Australia has overtaken England’s first innings total for a lead of 146 runs with six wickets still in hand.

However as there is only two days left in the Test the Aussies will need to look to give England back the bat at some point today if they are going to have any hope of winning the match rather than seeing it end in a draw.

Prediction
Expect Australia will bat for a part of today before eventually declaring, unless of course England is able to bowl them out quickly. The match will then likely come down to whether or not England’s top order can settle in as they did in their first innings, or be taken down more quickly. Fingers crossed Mitch Marsh can notch a double-ton somewhere along the way.

Join The Roar for a live blog of the day’s play, starting from 1:30pm AEDT.