Australia were left cursing some inclement weather late on the fourth day of the third Ashes Test in Perth as England found themselves under the pump once again.
The tourists are still 127 behind with six wickets in hand and the rain forecast on the final day remains their best chance of salvaging a draw and keeping the series alive.
- Steve Smith (239) and Mitchell Marsh (181) fail to add to their 301-run stand as James Anderson returns 4-116.
- Australia declare 662-9 with Tim Paine (49 not out) and Pat Cummins (41) keeping the tourists out in the field.
- Mark Stoneman (3), Alastair Cook and Joe Root (both 14) fall cheaply as England finish the day 132-4, James Vince making 55 before perishing to a Mitchell Starc wonder-ball.
MOMENT OF THE DAY
Starc's dismissal of Vince was something to savour. Bowled around the wicket from wide of the crease, the ball angled towards leg stump, jagged off a crack and uprooted the off peg.
- India are the only other team to have posted 600+ in a Test innings in 2017, having done so on five occasions.
- England have made 400+ batting first and lost on eight occasions. Three of those have been by an innings, including two last year in India (Mumbai and Chennai; also vs Australia, The Oval, 1930).
- Australia have led by 200+ runs after batting second at home 39 times. They are W36 D3 L0, the only draw with England (W6 D1) coming at Brisbane 2010-11.
"That was pretty special, that's getting anyone out I think!" - Josh Hazlewood reflects on Starc's jaffa to remove Vince.
"We've got to keep fighting. The rain helped us, but tomorrow we've got to come with a good attitude and hopefully fight through the day." - Anderson issues the England rallying cry.
WILL THE RAIN SAVE ENGLAND?
Of all the Test venues in Australia, the WACA would expect the least rain but inclement weather is forecast for Monday and, with a feeble looking tail, England may need all the help they can get.
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