Australia have the chance to wrap up the Ashes series in the Third Test at the WACA on Thursday.
The Aussies will come into this match high on confidence after their 120 run win in Adelaide last week. If only Joe Root elected to bat first though it could have been a much closer affair though. Australia set up their win early on with a massive 442/8d in the 1st innings and despite failing in their second dig being bowled out for just 138, England set themselves too much to do in the final innings.
As far as the series goes England will have history against them if they are going to climb back from their 0-2 start with only one team in 140 years of Ashes Tests coming back to win the series after dropping the first two matches.
With a softer than usual WACA pitch expected for Thursday's match conditions should favour the batsmen and we could see a lot of runs on offer. At the top of the order David Warner looks most likely to capitalise on conditions with a great record at the WACA averaging a massive 89.22 with the bat. Sportsbet have set his 1st innings line at just 38.5 runs @ $1.88 which looks to represent good value. If you are looking to get a bit of extra value then the $7 on offer in Man of the Match betting markets should be a good bet on form as well.
The teams won't be finalised until Thursday morning but the out of form Peter Handscomb is expected to make way for local all rounder Mitch Marsh. With Steve Smith stating they are looking to go in more bowler heavy.
Australia: Steve Smith (c), David Warner, Cameron Bancroft, Usman Khawaja, Peter Handscomb, Shaun Marsh, Mitchell Marsh, Tim Paine, Mitchell Starc, Pat Cummins, Nathan Lyon, Josh Hazlewood, Jackson Bird.
England: Joe Root (c), James Anderson, Moeen Ali, Jonny Bairstow, Jake Ball, Gary Ballance, Stuart Broad, Alastair Cook, Mason Crane, Tom Curran, Ben Foakes, Dawid Malan, Craig Overton, Ben Stokes, Mark Stoneman, James Vince, Chris Woakes.
England have lost their last seven Tests in Perth
David Warner averages 89.22 at the WACA
- Alastair Cook has a top score of 37 in his last 8 innings