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3rd Test, England tour of Australia and New Zealand at Perth, Dec 14-18 2017

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Team news

Australia will not name their XI until the morning of the match, but if the pitch looks remotely flat, it is expected that Mitchell Marsh will replace Peter Handscomb to provide a fifth bowling option.

Australia (probable): 1 Cameron Bancroft, 2 David Warner, 3 Usman Khawaja, 4 Steven Smith (capt), 5 Shaun Marsh, 6 Mitchell Marsh, 7 Tim Paine (wk), 8 Mitchell Starc, 9 Pat Cummins, 10 Josh Hazlewood, 11 Nathan Lyon.

England have named an unchanged XI but Moeen Ali and Jonny Bairstow have swapped places in the order,

England 1 Alastair Cook, 2 Mark Stoneman, 3 James Vince, 4 Joe Root (capt), 5 Dawid Malan, 6 Jonny Bairstow (wk), 7 Moeen Ali, 8 Chris Woakes, 9 Craig Overton, 10 Stuart Broad, 11 James Anderson

Pitch and conditions

Will it be the WACA pitch of old? Pace and bounce? These questions have preceded every Perth Test in recent years, and the answer varies from summer to summer. Some years there are hints of the old WACA, other years it is one of the country's most docile surfaces. Western Australia coach Justin Langer says the past few Sheffield Shield games at the WACA have been played on flat pitches, but curator Matt Page is confident the surface will be quicker than last year. The forecast for Perth is hot, though with a chance of rain on days four and five.

Looks like Mitch Marsh coming in for that hack handscomb.Eng should end the madness of sending Bairstow too low,should be no.5 atleast.

 

Also,apparently spot-fixing is back:

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The build-up to the crucial third Ashes Test at the WACA has been overshadowed by claims that the match has been targeted by spot-fixers, who are purported to have offered a newspaper details of rigged periods of play.

According to a report in The Sun, two men asked the newspaper's undercover reporters for up to 140,000 (USD187,000) to "spot fix" markets, such as the exact amount of runs scored in an over. No individual players on either team were singled out in the report.

The ICC responded with a statement from Alex Marshall, general manager anti-corruption, who said there was currently "no evidence" that the Perth Test had been corrupted.

"We have now received all materials relating to The Sun investigation," Chapman said. "We take the allegations extremely seriously and they will be investigated by the ICC Anti-Corruption Unit working with anti-corruption colleagues from Member countries.

"From my initial assessment of the material, there is no evidence, either from The Sun or via our own intelligence, to suggest the current Test Match has been corrupted. At this stage of the investigation, there is no indication that any players in this Test have been in contact with the alleged fixers.

"The allegations are wide ranging and relate to various forms cricket in several countries, including T20 tournaments. We will look closely at all the information as part of our investigation. We ask anyone with information about these allegations to get in touch with the ICC Anti-Corruption Unit via contactacu@icc-cricket.com."

http://www.espncricinfo.com/story/_/id/21761154/ashes-test-overshadowed-spot-fixing-claim

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2 hours ago, Franco Vazquez said:

Speed guns look highly overestimated.Don't think Hazlewood can bowl over 140

Hazlewood was the quickest bowler in 2010 U19 WC, was bowling up to 144K. So how is he not capable of hitting over 140. He bowled over 140 even in India last time.

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That second session had some serious fast bowling, Hazelwood is bowling 140 plus speeds.Excellent batting by Malan had some luck deserved his 100, after a long time saw a very competitive Ashes test cricket.

 

Can our guys go that all out and still have something left in the tank to finish the day with second new ball. 

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9 hours ago, Franco Vazquez said:

Speed guns look highly overestimated.Don't think Hazlewood can bowl over 140

Not at all, Hazelwood can bowl in excess of 140kph, in last match too he bowled a ball at 146.7kph and it genuinely looked that fast.

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This is the difference between India and Aussie pace bowlers even if they bowl at same. One big partnership and still England are struggling to cross 400. If these were Indian fast bowlers, we would be struggling to stop them below 550-600. Intensity and focus of Aussie pacers is a standout feature. They will make you earn every run and our bowlers start giving freebies once there is a big partnership.

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13 minutes ago, rkt.india said:

This is the difference between India and Aussie pace bowlers even if they bowl at same. One big partnership and still England are struggling to cross 400. If these were Indian fast bowlers, we would be struggling to stop them below 550-600. Intensity and focus of Aussie pacers is a standout feature. They will make you earn every run and our bowlers start giving freebies once there is a big partnership.

Also impressive is how quickly they took advantage of that Malan wicket and knocked out the last 5 wickets for barely 50 runs.  And that's against an England team that supposedly "bats deep".

 

I expect South African bowlers to employ similar short ball tactics against our guys, especially the likes of Jadeja, Bhuvi etc

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19 minutes ago, rkt.india said:

This is the difference between India and Aussie pace bowlers even if they bowl at same. One big partnership and still England are struggling to cross 400. If these were Indian fast bowlers, we would be struggling to stop them below 550-600. Intensity and focus of Aussie pacers is a standout feature. They will make you earn every run and our bowlers start giving freebies once there is a big partnership.

they are smarter may be ,our bowlers get carried away,i remember last time in Brisbane we got carried away with short ball theory and let johnson and starc smash us  :noidea:

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