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England offered little Perth solace

England offered little Perth solace

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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.

So it’s no surprise to see Australia 20/39 to win again and secure series victory with two games to play, with England a distant 33/10 to overturn recent history in Perth.

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.

A big score is needed from Root if England are to make their mark, so look to him at 10/1 to be man of the match, while Jonny Bairstow a back-up option at 25/1.

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.

Fellow quick Pat Cummins at 12/1 offers more value, while off-spinner Nathan Lyon at 16/1 should not be discounted, having wreaked havoc among England’s lest-handers in the first two Tests.

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.

Clean bowled at 15/4 is worth considering, while LBW (5/1) accounted for the first wicket in two of the four innings in Adelaide, so it also one to bear in mind.

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Adrian Mills Adrian has enjoyed a journalistic career spanning over three decades, with cricket his specialised topic. He also has a wealth of knowledge on football, golf and tennis and has the stats to back up his betting advice.