Ashes - England battle after losing big wickets in sweltering Perth

Day two, third Ashes Test, WACA Ground, Perth - Tea: Australia 385 all out (Smith 111, Warner 60, Haddin 55 / Broad 3-100) lead England 180-4 (Cook 72, Carberry 43 / Harris 1-26) by 205 runs.

England battled to 180-4 by stumps on day two after bowling Australia out for 385 in the potentially decisive third Ashes Test in Perth.

Australia were able to add just 59 runs to their overnight score as the tourists rallied to restrict Michael Clarke’s side with Steve Smith finally dismissed for 111 after his century on day one.

Alastair Cook and Michael Carberry put on 85 for the first wicket before the latter fell along with number three Joe Root, who was controversially dismissed despite a review.

Cook departed for 72 to a soft shot before Kevin Pietersen – who became only the fifth Englishman to pass 8,000 Test runs – gave his wicket away to Peter Siddle for the 10th time.

Ian Bell and Ben Stokes led the tourists to the close of play unscathed but England still trail their hosts by 205 runs in a Test match they have to at least draw to prevent a humiliating series defeat.

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Australia 326-7 - A great start for England as Johnson takes his leave, caught behind by Prior off the bowling of Broad for 39.

Australia 338-8 - Smith departs for 111 after a review shows he got the faintest of snicks as Anderson's delivery fizzes through to Prior.

Australia 354-9 - Root takes a sharp catch at gully to dismiss Harris for 12 as Anderson picks up another wicket.

Australia 385 all out - Prior takes his third catch of the day as Siddle waggles his bat outside off stump and edges to the keeper off Bresnan's bowling. He departs for 21 and Australia's first innings come to an end.

[Report at lunch / end of innings]

England 9-0 - Cook is dropped by Smith in the slips in what is a difficult but very takeable chance. It's a big let off for the England captain.

England 85-1 - Carberry attempts to leave a delivery from Harris from round the wicket but it hits the toe of his bat and flies into the stumps. He goes for 43.

England 90-2 - Root plays forward to a full delivery from Watson and umpire Erasmus gives it out after a long delay. Root reviews it but, despite there being no mark on Hot Spot or visible deviation, there is not sufficient evidence to overturn the original decision and he departs for four.

[Report at tea]

England 136-3 - Cook miscues a cut shot off Lyon and picks out Warner at point who takes a smart catch to send the England captain packing for 72.

England 146-4 - Pietersen gives his wicket away in very soft fashion - again to Siddle - as he fails to clear Johnson at mid-on with a rash drive to depart for 19.

England 180-4 - Bell (9) and Stokes (14) lead the tourists to the close of play without further loss with a deficit of 205 runs still remaining.

[Report at close of play]


Johnson is the 15th player (second Australian) to hit 1,000 Test runs batting at number eight.

At the beginning of his innings, Cook needed 19 runs to join Hammond and Cowdrey as the only English players to hit 4,000 Test runs overseas.

Siddle dismissed Pietersen for the 10th time. His strike rate v Siddle is 43 compared to overall rate of 63.

Pietersen passed 8,000 Test runs to become only the fifth England player to reach that figure - the quickest and the youngest to do so.


Should Pietersen adapt his game? After being dismissed by Siddle for the 10th time, the famously stubborn Pietersen may have to find a new way of approaching his batting against this Australia attack. It was another desperately soft way of getting out from the England number four, but what is going to change?


Carberry: "I really enjoyed it. It's all an adventure for me. It can be quite nice. A nice place to bat and the ball came on beautifully to the bat. I've really enjoyed batting in Australia in general."

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