Independent UK – 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.
  • With England embattled too by the late-night drinking escapades which have resulted in a string of unfortunate controversies, many are already predicting Australia are about to inflict another 5-0 whitewash defeat – as they did in two of the previous three Ashes series down under.
  • Only in 1978, when Australia were drastically weakened by the call of World Series Cricket on their best players, have England prevailed in Perth.
  • “I hope we can start this game well, and put England under a little bit of pressure,” Smith added.


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