Australia v England 3rd Ashes Test at Perth Live Score and Highlights
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The third Ashes Test match between Australia and England will be played at the WACA in Perth with the visitors leading 1-0. A win for the Aussies, which has looked like a distant possibility ever since they bowled England out on the first day of the series, will not only bring them back into reckoning but also shift the momentum. On the other hand, if England make it 2-0, that will be the end of the Ashes dream for the opposition.
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There cannot be too much doubt that the Aussies are an alarmed lot. The selection policies have underlined the same. There are some policies which speak of horses-for-courses; especially true for unsettled units. Unfortunately, in case of Australia, the selection of Michael Beer and Steven Smith can hardly be termed as horses-for-courses either.
England will make just one change to their line-up thanks to the Stuart Broad injury. What has been refreshing to see is that their approach to the series has been simple – let the bats and ball do the talking and refrain from any other on or off-field shenanigans. What will be interesting to watch is their reaction if the side is put under any kind of sustained pressure. The operative word here is sustained, because that is something Australia have failed to do for long.
Ashes 2010, Australia v England 3rd Test Timings at Perth:
The third Ashes 2010 Test of the Australia v England series will start at 0230 hours GMT.
For long, the WACA in Perth was known to be a fast bowler’s paradise. There was enough bounce and pace in the wicket to test the best of the batsmen and over the five days, the WACA heat would ensure that a cracking track would ensure that both, pace bowlers and spinners would come good here.
Unfortunately, it is only the remnants of that memory that would bring some joy to the pace bowlers. Otherwise, the pitch seems to have turned into a much slower, and in turn, easier track to ply one’s trade on.
Surprisingly, of the last 20 Test matches played on this ground, only three have ended in draws. Australia have lost four and won 13 of the Test matches. The interesting statistic is that off the last five games here, Australia have won two and lost two.
Australia have had so many selection issues that it would be fair to say that they have become a laughing stock thanks to some of the decisions that they have taken in the series. The latest to have stunned the fans has been the selection of the little-known left-arm spinner Michael Beer in the 12-man squad.
However, his selection needs to be viewed while juxtaposing with some of the others like Steven Smith, Mitchell Johnson and Ben Hilfenhaus. Off the four, three will make it through to the WACA Test and either way it will be an interesting choice.
In fact, the Aussies have three options with them. One is to go with an all-pace attack and bat Steven Smith at the number seven position. Smith can bowl his brand of leg-spin, the only question is how well. This will also mean that Brad Haddin bats at number six.
The other option would be for them to go with five frontline bowlers and get rid of Smith. In essence, give Beer a Test cap.
Finally, the third alternative for the side is to go in with three pace bowlers and get in both, Beer and Smith. It is an option that will depend greatly on the manner in which the track will look like and behave in the game. Simon Katich’s injury will also mean that Phil Hughes will open the batting.
England will get in Chris Tremlett for the injured Stuart Broad. They will hope that the top six continue to bat in the manner that they have so far and with both Alastair Cook and Kevin Pietersen having stuck form – an stuck big at that – it sure looks like one of the batting line-ups to envy.
Players to look out for:
Johnson is making a comeback into the Test after a horrendous first game and will look to strike for early in the game. For England, Andrew Strauss will look to get a big one after an up and down series so far.
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