England’s last hope shatters as Australia marked their next hefty win at Perth. Earlier in the inning in day five of the third Ashes, England trailed by 58 runs with three wickets remaining. Chasing the first inning score of Australia would not have been hectic if the team had not posed one of its largest scores. The tally of 662 for 9 wickets is the ninth highest in the team’s record.
With the aggregate, Australia pulled up the first inning lead to 259 runs. Steven Smith’s knock of 239 was a feat for not only the team, but the player as well. It was a career best knock of the skipper. The next top knock was off Mitchell Marsh who scored 181 runs. Smith and Marsh forged a partnership of 301 runs.
England did away with the partnership between Smith and Marsh in the fourth day morning session. James Anderson trapped both the players at a short interval. Still, the team had to face the tail knock of 41 off Cummins. By the 178th over, when the batsman was removed, Australia’s score reached 654. A couple of overs latter, the inning was declared with the wicket of Nathan Lyon. Tim Paine and Cummins presented another partnership pf 93 runs elongating the inning.
England started its second inning with a weakened knock off the openers. Alastair Cook continued with his low batting form. In his last 10 Test innings Cook scored only a single 30 plus figure. Stoneman nicked the ball off Josh Hazlewood losing his wicket as the first in the inning, in the second over. While Joe Root, falling without much contribution wobbled the team to 60 for 3. In 65.3 overs, England reached 200 runs with a strong knock off James Vince and Dawid Malan. The former scored 55, while Malan added 54.
The visitors could not resist the advances of Aussie bowlers, who slogged the lower order. The attack crippled England’s chase, as they kept on losing wickets. The team exhausted in 218 runs batting 72.5 overs. It was another loss of England, culminating as the series defeat to Australia. The latter won the match by 41 runs and an inning. The host seals Ashes 2017 series winning the first three matches.
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