Australia vs England 3rd Test Day 4 Highlights
Eng v Aus highlights today – Third test day four from W.A.C.A. Ground, Perth (Australia) Sunday 17th December 2017.
That’s that for today folks! Rain has ensured there will be no further play in the day. Australia well ahead and will eye six more quick wickets on the final day considering there’s more rain coming. Another day dominated by the hosts and England have been left bruised and deflated. We’ll see tomorrow if they have the temperament to fight it out and earn a draw.
Trailing Australia by 259 runs, England needed a strong start from the openers Mark Stoneman and Alastair Cook. But it was Australian Josh Hazlewood who turned on the heat in Perth. The right-hand fast bowler got the wicket of Stoneman in his first over, as the left-handed batsman gave away an easy catch to Tim Paine behind the stumps. Alastair Cook got together with James Vince and tried ticking the scoreboard. But soon, he too, became a victim to Hazlewood as the bowler took a one-handed instinctive catch on his bowling. Skipper Joe Root came in the middle and it looked he and Vince will be able to steady England innings before the close of the session. But the 26-year gave away a simple catch at slips on the very first ball bowled by Nathan Lyon in the innings. Heavy showers called in for an early Tea. In the final session, Vince went on to complete his second Test fifty. But soon, he was clean bowled by “the ball of the summer” by Mitchell Starc. The onus to settle England again came on to Dawid Malan and Jonny Bairstow. The duo settled the innings before the rain ended the day’s play. England reach 132/4, trailing Australia by 127 runs at stumps.
Australia team/playing XI
DA Warner, CT Bancroft, UT Khawaja, SPD Smith (c), SE Marsh, MR Marsh, TD Paine †, MA Starc, PJ Cummins, NM Lyon, JR Hazlewood.
England team/playing XI
AN Cook, MD Stoneman, JM Vince, JE Root (c), DJ Malan, JM Bairstow †, MM Ali, CR Woakes, SCJ Broad, C Overton, JM Anderson.
Match Timings: 10.30 start, Lunch 12.30-13.10, Tea 15.10-15.30, Close 17.30
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Umpires – Marais Erasmus, Chris Gaffaney
TV Umpires – Aleem Dar
Match Referee – Sir Richie Richardson
Reserve Umpire – Paul Wilson
Match number – Test no. 2288
But a caveat is necessary, for it was not a day that necessarily ended England’s campaign. The pitch remains good for batting – that is stating the obvious – and there is rain forecast over the next two days in Perth. It remains very possible that England will escape from this match with a draw, and as the holders of the Ashes, that would keep them alive in the series. Alive, but demoralised. They might have known that Smith could score a mountain of runs, but Mitchell Marsh eyeing off a Test double-century by stumps? They’d have been more likely to expect the Spanish Inquisition.
This was a day that can best be illustrated by the numbers, and at the close of play, the numbers were these: Smith was on 229, Marsh was on 181, and Australia had 4 for 549. Hundreds were also piling up in England’s bowling analysis: Craig Overton, Chris Woakes, Stuart Broad and Moeen Ali had all conceded centuries by the close of play, and if James Anderson – currently at 0 for 85 – joins them on the fourth day, it will be just the eighth time in Test history that a team has had five or more bowlers concede 100 in the same innings.