At 2-0 down with three Tests to play against Australia, England’s grasp on the Ashes in hanging by a thread and a trip to the WACA in Perth seems unlikely to help the situation.
The tourists have only won one of the 13 Tests they have played on the ground and that sole victory came back in 1978, with all of the last seven Perth Ashes clashes ending in comprehensive victories for the Baggy Greens.
It is England’s batting which has failed to hold up in the opening two Tests, with skipper Joe Root the only player to pass 50 twice in the series so far.
Bairstow seems likely to earn a promotion up the order, having looked in decent touch at seven, only to be left with little help from the tail on a couple of occasions.
Only Steve Smith and Shaun Marsh have registered centuries in the series to date, so 15/2 for no individual tons at the WACA could be worth considering.
For Australia, while their batters have performed slightly better than their English counterparts, it is in the bowling department where they have upped the ante.
Left-arm paceman Mitchell Starc helped blow England away on the final morning of the second Test and the helpful conditions in Perth see him a slightly skinny 29/4 to be named man of the match.
The first wicket of the Adelaide encounter was lost to a run-out, but with the seamers likely to find the conditions helpful in Perth, a more regular dismissal seems more of an option.
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