Wednesday, 15 December 2010

England Aim For Third Test Glory

England go into the third Test match tomorrow at Perth in hope of wrapping of the series this side of Christmas, an England win will see them retain the Ashes in Australia for the first time since 1985.

While confidence is high following their triumphant victory in the last match at Adelaide, the tourists know Australia will be looking for a better performance.

Australia will make some changes for the third Test and it is thought that both Ben Hilfenhaus and Mitchell Johnson will return to the side.

Both fast bowlers missed the last test and this wicket will suit their style.

Australia insist that they haven’t decided on the final XI yet.

"We haven't got a team yet," said Ponting on the eve of the match.

"We've had a good look at the wicket this afternoon. It's changed a little bit since we've been here today so we want to just want to have a look at it again tomorrow before we finalise what our XI will be."

"(It's) still particularly grassy and I've had a good chat to Cameron (curator Cameron Sutherland) today about the wicket.

"It's different grass than there's been on the wicket before, so we've got a lot of things that we've got to think about yet before we finalise it.

"Looking at the wicket you'd think there's going to be a result in this game, so obviously that has to be a positive one for us or it's game, set and match."

England will need to make just one change to side after Stuart Broad was ruled out for the rest of the tour following a stomach injury he received during in the last Test.

Chris Tremlett, Tim Bresnan and Ajmal Shahzad are all vying for Broad’s position, but it is thought that England will go with Chris Tremlett.

"All three bring different skills to the party, and we have to work out which one is going to be best for Perth and onwards," Strauss admitted. "The way we've got to look at it is which bowler will help us take 20 wickets.

"When you're only playing four bowlers, they've got to be able to do their primary job.

"We're going to have to try to read the wicket - which is always a bit of a mysterious art." Best Blogger Tips
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