Australia vs England 3rd Test Day 5 Highlights 18 Dec 2017
Watch AUS vs ENG cricket highlights today on 18-12-2017. Ashes 2017 latest videos. England vs Australia third Test highlights. Australia dominated the last three days of this Test with complete authority.
The state of play was this: Australia needed six wickets to win, while England required a further 127 runs to make Australia bat again. The pitch was cracking up, the occasional ball jagging so far that fast bowlers looked like legspinners and the odd delivery staying low, just to add to the challenge. Mitchell Starc bowled James Vince from around the wicket with a ball that bit so sharply off the pitch it changed its angle from down leg to demolishing off stump, and left Vince glancing at the pitch with the same sort of mystified look that Mike Gatting had against Shane Warne in 1993.
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In short, this would not be an easy task for England, if the rain stayed away. Dawid Malan was on 28 and Jonny Bairstow had 14, and England were on 4 for 132. Earlier, Australia had piled up 9 for 662 before they declared. It was the ninth-highest total in Australia’s Test history, and their heftiest score since the Cardiff Ashes Test of 2009, when they amassed 6 for 674 in their second innings. England fans will remember that their side clung on for a draw on that occasion.
This time, Australia had earned themselves a 259-run first-innings lead. It was almost true to say that Steven Smith was the difference between the teams, for he himself had accumulated a career-best 239. The day began with some positive signs for England, as they plucked out Mitchell Marsh for 181, removed Smith, and ran out Starc within the first five overs. And the day ended early with Perth’s wet weather giving Malan and Bairstow a reprieve. But not much that went in between was good for England.