SBS – Two-nil down to Australia after defeats in Brisbane and Adelaide, England must at least cobble a draw at the WACA to keep the five-match series alive, at a venue where they have lost their last seven matches.

Summary

  • Two-nil down to Australia after defeats in Brisbane and Adelaide, England must at least cobble a draw at the WACA to keep the five-match series alive, at a venue where they have lost their last seven matches.
  • On the eve of the Perth test, however, the tourists’ hopes of focusing on the cricket continued to be tested with queries about the team’s off-field culture.
  • British media, meanwhile, reported that England coach Trevor Bayliss had threatened players that careers would be on the line if another off-field distraction arose following the Ben Stokes suspension and Jonny Bairstow’s ‘head-butt’ incident.
  • Having already been quizzed repeatedly about his team’s culture, Root hoped that his players could put the focus back on cricket and away from the bar with a good performance at the WACA.
  • Captain Steve Smith claimed his team had unsettled Bairstow in the series-opener at the Gabba by sledging him about his head-butt ‘greeting’ of Australia’s opening batsman Cameron Bancroft during a boozy night out in Perth last month.


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