The Yorkshire Post – Australia captain Steve Smith has warned England his Ashes hosts have yet to play to their full potential this winter – despite taking a 2-0 lead to put themselves on course for series victory in Perth.

Summary

  • Australia captain Steve Smith has warned England his Ashes hosts have yet to play to their full potential this winter – despite taking a 2-0 lead to put themselves on course for series victory in Perth.
  • Smith’s men are two up with three to play, leaving England in the WACA’s last-chance saloon in the final Ashes Test scheduled to take place at venue where the tourists have won just once in almost 50 years.
  • Only in 1978, when Australia were drastically weakened by the call of World Series Cricket on their best players, have England prevailed in Perth.Smith added: “I hope we can start this game well, and put England under a little bit of pressure.
  • “If we could win this game, certainly it would take the wind out of their sails a little bit, and the series is dead and buried.”
  • “They’re only a couple of bad sessions from the series going away from them, so it’d be nice to get those sessions out of the way.”


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