Night-mare For England Continues….

English team found themselves in heaps of trouble after the 3rd day of 3rd Ashes test at Perth.

Australia began their overnight innings, both batsmen Hussey and Watson continued the good work. Australia survived the first hour without losing a wicket and scoring 46 runs….
English team found themselves in heaps of trouble after the 3rd day of 3rd Ashes test at Perth.

Australia began their overnight innings, both batsmen Hussey and Watson continued the good work. Australia survived the first hour without losing a wicket and scoring 46 runs. Meanwhile, Watson reached his 90s and was looking good to convert it into 3 figures before Tremlet got his wealthy wicket. Shane once again missed his century just by 5 runs getting out on 95.

By then, Australia had scored 177 leading by 258. Smith who was under immense pressure due to his poor batting technique joined Mr. Cricket. In the very next over Smith was given out caught at slip but UDRS saved him.

Smith then capitalized the opportunity provided, he nicely supported Hussey for quite some time. Meanwhile, Hussey scored another half century.  After his 50, Hussey was also given out LBW but he rightly reviewed it.

Smith remained there with Hussey till score was 251, then he eventually got out to Tremlett after scoring 36 runs. Aussies lost their last 5 wickets for 60 odd runs, Hussey scored his 13th test hundred, Anderson picked his 200th wicket by dismissing Siddle and Tremlett got his five wicket haul on his return to test cricket after nearly 3 years.

Eventually Australia got out at 309, giving England a tough target of 391 to retain the URN.

In their reply, England were supposed to put up some fight and an exciting end was expected but English batting night mare continued as they lost their wickets at regular intervals.

The collapse started when, Harris removed Cook early in the innings, then Strauss was removed by Johnson and in next 17 overs England lost their first 5 wickets only adding 42 runs. Harris and Johnson picked 2 wickets each while Hilfenhaus fetched 1 wicket.

At stumps, England were 81 for 5 still needing 310 runs to win.

The bottom line is Australia is needing only 5 more wickets to level the 5 match series.

Player Of The Day: It was Hussey who scored 13th century of his career and took Australia to the driving seat.

Flop Of The Day: England match winning off spinner Greame Swann who only bowled 9 overs and went for over 5.50 runs per over.

Moment Of The Day: Hussey was given LBW, when he was on 60 and Australia were only  280 odd runs ahead but UDRS saved him.

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