After winning the first two test matches against rivals England, Australia is already having upper hand in this series. Australians do want to clinch the Ashes here itself and they will give their best once again. England are under enormous pressure as they need to win here to keep the series alive. Although it is not an easy task for England but if they try hard then they can achieve success atleast from here onwards. Even statistics are also in favour for Aussies. England have not been able to secure a win in their last ten test matches played at the WACA. This will be like a big blow for England but we should not think of statistics as they are not same always and will change from match to match. While Australia have lost just one out of the thirteen test matches against England at this ground. England started with high expectations before start of the series but everything is in favour of Australians now. England is having big task a head and can they win atleast from here is the big question.
W.A.C.A. Ground – Perth, Australia
Partly cloudy on day 1 but chances of rain from day 3 onwards.
A flat batting track is expected and it could remain this way throughout. There should be decent pace and bounce for seamers.
Team News : Australia
Mitchell Marsh has been recalled into the Australian squad for the third test and the allrounder could replace Peter Handscomb who seems to be struggling at the moment. The rest of the team will remain same. We are thinking David Warner will be the key for Australia here,Perth. The aggressive opener has a good record at W.A.C.A with 3 centuries and 2 fifties in 5 matches he played here. Skipper Steve Smith is always an important person for Australia at no.3. Along with these two, Shaun Marsh also came up with lightening century at Adelaide when his team was in trouble. A part from Handscomb the rest of the team are doing exceptionally well. Their bowling has been just as dominant. All the three pacers and only spinner are giving lot of troubles to Englishmen. As Perth wicket is generally good for pacers so once again there is no doubt that these trio pacers will trouble England. It will become tough for Lyon to pick wickets on this pace wicket.
Team News : England
As a captian, Root is facing many problems with his team and he is also under immense pressure. Due to Cook’s continuous failures pressure is building up more on Root’s shoulders. Cook is very experienced player in current team and he is not at all his best. He failed in both tests and there by slowly pressure is increasing on new batsman in. However, Root will be the key player for England. James Vince and Malan looked unsettled and they are struggling to face Australian bowling unit. Bairstow, Moeen Ali also failed and they need to come back strongly. Moeen Ali’s innings will be crucial should England lose a few wickets early on. With the ball, it will be mostly up to the likes of James Anderson, Stuart Broad and Chris Woakes to make inroads into the Australian batting. Anderson returned to form with a five-fer at Adelaide and he could give the hosts a hard time once again. Broad and Woakes must support him.
Australia Probable XI
Peter Handscomb/ Mitchell Marsh
England Probable XI
Prediction : By looking at Australia’s performance once again it is looking like they can beat England. Even statistics are not in favour for England. Australia is the favourites of this match.