WACA, in Perth, witnessed the return of Ashes Cup to Australia. With a single inning score of 662 for 9, Australia remained as the unchallenged side winning the third consecutive match of the series. England scored 403 batting in the first inning. The next inning score of 218 was short by 41 runs of Australia’s tally, culminating the match as a series lost. The next two matches of the tournament are dead rubbers, leaving England the chance at least not to face a series whitewash. Australia was bolstered with strong scores from its players. In contrast, England was devoid of big runs. In overall, the visitors had a slackened form in the tournament both in bowling and batting, keeping by far, uncompetitive against Australia.
Steve Smith, Australian skipper thumped a career best knock in the match scoring 239 runs. Mitchell Marsh added 181 runs in the partnership. In England’s first inning, Dawid Malan scored 140, while Jonny Bairstow had 119 runs. The match overturned in the second inning when England batsmen remained highly marginal against Australia’s attack. In the second inning, chasing a 300 plus lead by Australia, 55 and 54 of James Vince and Malan were the highest score in England’s inning.
In the third inning, the pitch became more challenging for England to bat. Australia bowlers took an overall advantage of ground conditions. Josh Hazlewood nicked a five-wicket haul, his maiden mark in Ashes. In the fifth day, England could not sustain on pitch for even 35 overs. The team was all out before tea break. Hazlewood broke into the team with his first delivery, removing Jonny Bairstow. Although, Moeen Ali and Malan paired for 15.4 overs, the former’s contribution was marginal. Nathan Lyon removed Ali at 11. After the wicket, England could not withstand for even 10 overs.
Australia’s win came up with the hefty partnership between Smith and Marsh earlier in the second inning. Australia was dominant throughout the match, even if England players put up two centuries early in the match. With the win at WACA, Australia sealed the series, which was almost eminent after the team won the first two matches.
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