England fight history in do-or-die encounter against Australia at Perth

Visitors need to produce positive result at WACA, where they have won only once in 13 Tests

England will be fighting history to stay alive in the Ashes series when they will face Australia in the third Test starting from Thursday at WACA in Perth.

Visitors, already two-nil down in the series, will be ideally looking to register a win at a venue where they have won only once in 13 matches, which was back in 1978, which means only something special can turn their fortune in the ongoing series.With no changes in the playing eleven, the England team management will be desperate to see former captain Alastair Cook return to form, who will be playing in his 150th Test match.

England will be depending on captain Joe Root to provide stability at the top in the batting department, whereas wicket keeper Jonny Bairstow and Moeen Ali will be eager to live up to the expectations at the later part of the innings.In terms of bowling, the team will be depending on in-form veteran pacer James Anderson and all-rounder Chris Woakes, both of whom showed what they are capable of in suitable conditions.

For Australia, things look settled to say the least. In the batting department, the onus once again will be on captain Steve Smith and his deputy David Warner to lead from the front, whereas the team management will be hopeful that second Test man of the match Shaun Marsh will continue his good form in his home town.

In the bowling department, Australia will be depending on the pace trio of Mitchell Starc, Josh Hazlewood and Pat Cummins, whereas Nathan Lyon will take care of the spin department.There are strong chances that all-rounder Mitchell Marsh will replace out of form Peter Handscomb, which means the home side will be likely to have more bowling options.

The pitch is expected to assist the pacer with some bounce and speed, whereas the weather is expected to stay fine in the first three with little chance in the last two days.

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