WA Today – England had opportunities to win this Test but, frankly, were not good enough to drive home their advantage.

Summary

  • In the first innings, the three newcomers to Ashes cricket – James Vince, Mark Stoneman and Dawid Malan – played well and with great patience and concentration to score half-centuries, but did not have the experience or maturity to go on to score a hundred or more.
  • On the third morning, while England waited for the new ball, they were excellent, with inventive and unusual field placings that stifled the Aussie run-rate.
  • In that two-hour session, Smith scored only 17 runs from 66 balls, England had control and, at lunch, Australia were tottering on 213 for seven.
  • David Warner got himself out to short midwicket in the first innings trying to shovel a length ball.
  • Moeen, Ball and Woakes will have to up their games or England will have no chance.


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