Perth Test: Australia needs 5 wickets to regain Ashes
PERTH: Australia continues the domination over England on the fourth day of third test at Western Australia Cricket Association Ground, Perth and 5 wickets away to regain the Ashes title, ARY News reported on Monday.
Australia declared their second inning at score of 369/6. Shane Watson benefited his team by scoring 103 runs. He took charge on English spinner Graeme Swann, hitting into the stands with relish, crashing 37 runs from 13 balls he faced from England’s No. 1 spinner.
Another worth mentioning story of the day was George Bailey’s, who equaled the record for the most runs (28 runs) scored in a Test over from James Anderson.
Bailey made unbeaten 39 runs before his captain Michael Clarke signaled to declare the inning.
England’s faced early blow while chasing 504 runs, when English skipper Alastair Cook bowled out to a wondrous first delivery of the innings from Ryan Harris that shaped in then held its line to pluck the off bail.
Joe Root and Michael Carberry got the rhythm but weren’t able to carry on and were backed to pavilion after scoring 19 and 31 runs.
Middle order of England’s cricket team didn’t allow the Kangaroos to wrap up the game on the fourth day. Kevin Pietersen was dismissed by Natahn Lyon at 45 runs while Ian Bell departed off after scoring 60 runs.
But Ben Stokes and Matt Prior survived, averting any thoughts of the extra half-hour. Strokes remained unbeaten at 72 and Prior on 7.
Australia needs 5 more wickets to win and England requires 253 more runs on the last day of Perth Test.