Australia v England, 3rd Test, Perth December 15, 2010

England bid for early Christmas present

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Match Facts

December 16-20, Perth
Start time 10:30 (02:30 GMT)

The Big Picture

All both teams want for Christmas is a win, but Australia would settle for a draw as a way of stopping the damage from an opponent showing few weaknesses. England lead the five-match contest 1-0 and will retain the Ashes with a victory, which is the most likely result on the form of the opening two encounters. England have never secured the urn before Christmas in their 133-year history of visits Down Under, and they may never have a better chance.

The series is only 10 days old but already it has taken a toll on both sides. Stuart Broad has been ruled out with a stomach tear and will spend his week in the Test Match Special commentary box instead of the dressing room. Simon Katich's heel problem has forced him out of the side and Australia have called for the type of wholesale changes England teams were mocked for making between 1989 and 2002-03. It's young talent time for the hosts, with Steven Smith (21), Phillip Hughes (22) and Michael Beer (26) coming in, and Mitchell Johnson in favour again after a week spent in the WACA nets.

Apart from which fast bowler to pick to replace Broad, England's main worry is their recent history of giving away hard-won series leads. They allowed Australia to level the 2009 Ashes after four games - but recovered to take the trophy - and also drew in South Africa after earning an early advantage. Australia are praying for more generosity this time.

Form guide

(most recent first)

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England WDWLW

Watch out for...

Mitchell Johnson is back. That would have been a scary line once, but over the past two years he has become a man of mystery. Dropped for the first time in his Test career after going wicket-less in Brisbane, Johnson has trained his way back after an intense week working with Troy Cooley, the bowling coach. The WACA is a great venue for Johnson, who has 21 wickets in three Tests, including a career-best match haul of 11 for 159. Australia need that version of Johnson in this fixture, not the ineffective model that appeared at the Gabba.

The new dad James Anderson has been to Lancashire and back over the past week to be at the birth of his second child. Over the next five days he will have to battle jet-lag and an Australia batting line-up that is determined not to be overwhelmed by England's remodelled attack. Anderson's control and swing will be vital, especially when he's running into the breeze of the Fremantle Doctor. He was dropped for the Perth Test on the previous tour, but is such a better bowler than he was four years ago..

Team news

Australia's big question surrounds whether to play Peter Siddle, the bowler who started the series with six wickets on the opening day in Brisbane. Siddle hasn't claimed a victim in Australia's past two innings and Ryan Harris jumped ahead of him in Adelaide. If both Johnson and Ben Hilfenhaus, the in-to-the-wind man, come back in, then Siddle will probably miss out. He may get a reprieve if Beer is left out, but that will depend on the wicket on Thursday morning. Ponting is delaying naming the side until he takes one final look at the surface.

Australia (probable) 1 Shane Watson, 2 Phillip Hughes, 3 Ricky Ponting (capt), 4 Michael Clarke, 5 Michael Hussey, 6 Steven Smith, 7 Brad Haddin (wk), 8 Mitchell Johnson, 9 Michael Beer, 10 Ryan Harris, 11 Ben Hilfenhaus.

It is now almost certain that Chris Tremlett will be Broad's replacement ahead of Tim Bresnan. Despite Bresnan's tactical nous on flat pitches, Tremlett offers extra bounce and menace with his height and will have a crucial role to play alongside Anderson, Steven Finn and Graeme Swann.

England (probable) 1 Andrew Strauss (capt), 2 Alastair Cook, 3 Jonathan Trott, 4 Kevin Pietersen, 5 Paul Collingwood, 6 Ian Bell, 7 Matt Prior (wk), 8 Graeme Swann, 9 James Anderson, 10 Chris Tremlett, 11 Steven Finn.

Pitch and conditions

Perth is always talked up as a fast man's favourite but over the past decade it has disappointed. Every year there is excited chatter from the locals that this time it will recapture its past glories. Maybe it will really happen this time. The pitch is expected to start with a tinge of green, but the cracking late in the match is expected to be a far greater concern to the batsmen than early seam movement. Sunny conditions are forecast throughout the game, with maximum temperatures above 30C.

Stats and trivia

  • England have won only one of 11 Tests at the WACA, with that victory coming in the Packer-depleted era of 1978-79
  • Australia have succeeded in 21 of 39 games here, with only nine losses. Five of those were against West Indies.
  • Ricky Ponting is the leading the run-scorer in Tests at the WACA with 933, two more than Allan Border. David Gower is the best of the overseas players with 471 in five matches
  • If Alastair Cook is wanting to add the highest score at the WACA to his Brisbane ground record, he must beat Matthew Hayden's 380 against Zimbabwe in 2003-04
  • Quotes

    "We are priming ourselves to play our best game so far in the series and we know we have to do it by a long way if we want to win the game."
    Ricky Ponting

    "I feel like it's part of my job as a bowler and I see myself as the leader of the attack here, so it's important I think about what went right for us in the last two games and what we can improve on for this game."
    James Anderson had plenty time to ponder his game during 48 hours of flying in the past week

    Peter English is the Australasia editor of Cricinfo

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  • suresh_sksj on December 16, 2010, 3:26 GMT

    changes changes....what difference it makes...the same story....Ricky it's time u decide about your future ASAP else you will be down the drain soon.... I recollect a line from Clint Eastwood's movie Magnum Force ...." A man should know his limitations "......guess Ricky does not know that....and that Rome did not last for ever, he should accept the fact that CHANGE is the only thing in the world that's permanent...and it's other teams time to come up and dominate world cricket....Ausies you days of domination is done with....accept the fact...even Chappel, Healy, Shane, Billy, Slates...in the commentry team keep talking of Ausies coming back and dominating again.....god..... where do these people come from.....it's now time for Eng, Ind, SA to dominate guys....time over for Ausies....the quick you guys digest that the better.....

  • Timmuh on December 16, 2010, 2:06 GMT

    Australia picked Johnson, England will win. There is no hope of building any pressure when the so-called strike bowler cant be sure of hitting the pitch. Pathetic.

  • OL-ROWNDER on December 16, 2010, 1:58 GMT

    Ponting has to score. If he fails test Australia loses. Siddle and Johnson will perform here. But Ponting must score. He should go in the match as if theres no other batsman. It is his failure that is letting Australia down.

  • on December 16, 2010, 0:46 GMT

    england will win!!... its a new dawn of cricket

  • on December 16, 2010, 0:26 GMT

    @Righthandbat. Every game is important to both sides in an Ashes series but to say more important to England is just ignorant of the facts. Australia need to win two tests out of the remaining three and considering they've taken 16 wickets in the first two tests combined it doesn't look good at the moment for them. One more point, did you watch the first two tests? Watson, Hussey and Haddin were the only Australian batsmen to perform well. Why would you take out one of your in form players? Either way, if Clarke hasn't lose his place after his performances thus far, Haddin certainly has nothing to worry about.

  • on December 16, 2010, 0:23 GMT

    the aussies are going to die go cook 385 u can do it if not go kp give them a wopping that is long overdue.

  • EverybodylovesSachin on December 15, 2010, 23:59 GMT

    Australis is going to loose..Ricky Pointing will be retired..Micheal Clark will not be new captain of Australia...ALL Indians supports England...Go England.....win this test match and secure Ashes..............

  • RajArya on December 15, 2010, 23:28 GMT

    Is Glen McGrath still predicting 5-0 win for Aussie... I hope he is better at maths than he is with his crystal ball gazing .. LoL...

    It will be great to see the two great HAS BEEN teams battling for 4th and 5th place TEST rankings....

  • MinusZero on December 15, 2010, 22:51 GMT

    Johnson should not play until he plays a shield game. Net practice proves nothing, he was practicing in the nets before wasnt he? Go England, Crush 'em

  • righthandbat on December 15, 2010, 22:33 GMT

    This game is far more important to England than Australia. England suffered an innings defeat and came back and comfortably won the last test in 2009. Australia could easily do the same.

    The England batting lineup has been in very good form, but some mistakes (like playing Cook against Victoria) have been creeping in and it is up to them to ensure that their bowling and batting remains solid. An Australian victory here will be pretty devastating to England, given the MCG and SCG are left and they are never easy venues to play at - the crowd will be much more Australian (especially if it is 1-1 in the series). England have to win in Perth or produce a gritty draw otherwise this campaign will get a lot harder.

    Australia must at the very least draw this game, and Ponting must return to form, along with a good performance from the bowling attack. Haddin also needs to prove he can bat at 6, so the likes of Smith (or another all-rounder) can slot in at 7 for the future.

  • suresh_sksj on December 16, 2010, 3:26 GMT

    changes changes....what difference it makes...the same story....Ricky it's time u decide about your future ASAP else you will be down the drain soon.... I recollect a line from Clint Eastwood's movie Magnum Force ...." A man should know his limitations "......guess Ricky does not know that....and that Rome did not last for ever, he should accept the fact that CHANGE is the only thing in the world that's permanent...and it's other teams time to come up and dominate world cricket....Ausies you days of domination is done with....accept the fact...even Chappel, Healy, Shane, Billy, Slates...in the commentry team keep talking of Ausies coming back and dominating again.....god..... where do these people come from.....it's now time for Eng, Ind, SA to dominate guys....time over for Ausies....the quick you guys digest that the better.....

  • Timmuh on December 16, 2010, 2:06 GMT

    Australia picked Johnson, England will win. There is no hope of building any pressure when the so-called strike bowler cant be sure of hitting the pitch. Pathetic.

  • OL-ROWNDER on December 16, 2010, 1:58 GMT

    Ponting has to score. If he fails test Australia loses. Siddle and Johnson will perform here. But Ponting must score. He should go in the match as if theres no other batsman. It is his failure that is letting Australia down.

  • on December 16, 2010, 0:46 GMT

    england will win!!... its a new dawn of cricket

  • on December 16, 2010, 0:26 GMT

    @Righthandbat. Every game is important to both sides in an Ashes series but to say more important to England is just ignorant of the facts. Australia need to win two tests out of the remaining three and considering they've taken 16 wickets in the first two tests combined it doesn't look good at the moment for them. One more point, did you watch the first two tests? Watson, Hussey and Haddin were the only Australian batsmen to perform well. Why would you take out one of your in form players? Either way, if Clarke hasn't lose his place after his performances thus far, Haddin certainly has nothing to worry about.

  • on December 16, 2010, 0:23 GMT

    the aussies are going to die go cook 385 u can do it if not go kp give them a wopping that is long overdue.

  • EverybodylovesSachin on December 15, 2010, 23:59 GMT

    Australis is going to loose..Ricky Pointing will be retired..Micheal Clark will not be new captain of Australia...ALL Indians supports England...Go England.....win this test match and secure Ashes..............

  • RajArya on December 15, 2010, 23:28 GMT

    Is Glen McGrath still predicting 5-0 win for Aussie... I hope he is better at maths than he is with his crystal ball gazing .. LoL...

    It will be great to see the two great HAS BEEN teams battling for 4th and 5th place TEST rankings....

  • MinusZero on December 15, 2010, 22:51 GMT

    Johnson should not play until he plays a shield game. Net practice proves nothing, he was practicing in the nets before wasnt he? Go England, Crush 'em

  • righthandbat on December 15, 2010, 22:33 GMT

    This game is far more important to England than Australia. England suffered an innings defeat and came back and comfortably won the last test in 2009. Australia could easily do the same.

    The England batting lineup has been in very good form, but some mistakes (like playing Cook against Victoria) have been creeping in and it is up to them to ensure that their bowling and batting remains solid. An Australian victory here will be pretty devastating to England, given the MCG and SCG are left and they are never easy venues to play at - the crowd will be much more Australian (especially if it is 1-1 in the series). England have to win in Perth or produce a gritty draw otherwise this campaign will get a lot harder.

    Australia must at the very least draw this game, and Ponting must return to form, along with a good performance from the bowling attack. Haddin also needs to prove he can bat at 6, so the likes of Smith (or another all-rounder) can slot in at 7 for the future.

  • chuck11 on December 15, 2010, 21:29 GMT

    The current aussie team is only a shadow of the team a few years ago. The old aussie team would have bounced back and regained the ashes, but i don't see it happening with the current team at all.. They are going to fold easily. I predict a close game but england will come out on top.

  • on December 15, 2010, 21:01 GMT

    at WACA ponting and co. do it.... england will surely lose...

  • on December 15, 2010, 20:39 GMT

    It's a tough call, Australia has a slight edge becoz of WACA experience, but the gut feeling says it's going to be England this time.

  • on December 15, 2010, 19:34 GMT

    I think England are in for a massive reality check. Jimmy Anderson will be exposed as the pie chucker he is. Punter double hundred coming in after Phil Hughes 100.

  • voma on December 15, 2010, 19:22 GMT

    Yes Australia are due a big score soon , but there are 2 people standing in there way . James anderson and Graeme swann . Oh and i nearly forgot a 6 foot 7 inch young fast bowler called finn , who has allready taken plenty of wickets in so called difficult aussie conditions . The only chance aussies have is if Englands batting collapses twice .

  • CricNits on December 15, 2010, 18:29 GMT

    i wonder why the hell the aussies seleectors are not selecting stuart clark...brett lee...

  • danithereddevil on December 15, 2010, 17:09 GMT

    no dobut england is awesume side....the aussies r nothing at the moment....i think stuart board is over rated player n bowler..soorry to say....nice to see him out

  • on December 15, 2010, 17:05 GMT

    i want to see ajmal shahzad perform in the ashes!!

  • asadkum on December 15, 2010, 16:29 GMT

    Mohammad Asad from USA................................................................... I guess AUS have a chance to win in Perth. Ponting have to regain his form.

  • Herbet on December 15, 2010, 16:10 GMT

    Sammykent

    Cook has lost his form because he failed in a tour game? And Australia bat deeper because they have picked an allrounder at 6 to replace... an allrounder.

    That seems like sound analysis to me.

  • on December 15, 2010, 15:57 GMT

    England start an Ashes Test with the unfamiliar position of being firm favourites and a series lead as well. Hope they don't get complacent as Australia even in their current form cannot be written off yet. This Perth Test and the Centurion Test of India vs RSA..what more can a cricket fan ask for ? Hoping for India and England to win.

  • sportz247 on December 15, 2010, 15:45 GMT

    if hughes and smith can be decent enough to settle their spot in test arena by showing decent peorformance in this test match then australia is going win this test match comfortably.

  • on December 15, 2010, 15:38 GMT

    Surprised that there is no Shane Warne in the probables list :P

  • AndrewDass on December 15, 2010, 15:26 GMT

    Australia haven't picked a quality spinner to compare with the like of Swann, as a result, they will not win in Perth. Hauritz should have been picked; or at least they should have brought in David Hussey, who can contribute with the bat and the ball.

  • on December 15, 2010, 14:56 GMT

    Aussies are capableof winning this waca 3rd test, & changing the fortunes of this series from this test onwards... England may be abit out of sorts & exposed on this pitcH!

  • nzcricket174 on December 15, 2010, 14:45 GMT

    @Iceborn999 I agree. Everyone wrote off the Wallabies against the All Blacks at Hong Kong and they came through to win against the odds. The Australian attitude is to never back down, never say die. Think back to the 2nd test versus Pakistan. It seemed as if Pakistan were going to ease to victory but Australia put up a fight and got ever so close to winning that game.

  • chad_reid on December 15, 2010, 14:37 GMT

    i am a ponting fan and to all of you saying ponting is due for a big one i have been hearing that for about more than 2 years and so far he has been disappointing hope he does it does time but i dont have any high hopes of that hussy and haddin are the man in form time to move them up the order and drop the under performing punter clarke down if another fail by these too clarke shud be dropped punter wont be dropped coz his captain

  • bumbles11 on December 15, 2010, 13:42 GMT

    Picking all pace attack is best option for Aussies BUT Smith is not a spinner and he will get carted - Bell pulverised him in Auis A game. Johnson needs to perform or Ashes will be retained by England before xmas for 1st time in 133 years of Ashes history. Strauss is due a big score, Cook, KP and Bell are in good form. Finn and Tremlett will be a handful and in my opinion England will take some stopping.

  • landl47 on December 15, 2010, 13:39 GMT

    When was the last time Australia came into a test with their recent record reading 4 losses and a draw? Certainly not since they played the great Windies sides of the 80s/early 90s. England, on the other hand, have won 9, drawn one and lost one of the last 11 tests they've played. Australia will need a huge turnaround in form since Adelaide to win this game. If the wicket is seam-friendly and they bowl first they might do it. England are in great form; in the 6 tour games so far all the top 7 have made centuries except Collingwood and he has a 94 and an 89. It's a pity the game against Victoria wasn't played on a livelier pitch, because that wasn't great preparation for the WACA. Good luck to both sides and I hope it's a great game.... with England having retained the Ashes by the end of it.

  • Marcio on December 15, 2010, 13:35 GMT

    Great pic of Johnson. You'd almost think he was a decent fast bowler from that shot! My thoughts for this test are that there's no way Australia could possible play that bad again - esp. fielding. They did well to get 300 in the last innings when the ball was turning sideways and bouncing. Swann won't get those conditions at the wacca. Also, there's no way Eng's players can keep performing way above their level. It's inevitable the gap between the teams will level out. Despite what the bashers say, there are simply too many very good players in the Oz team for them to keep losing for long. Online critics are very shallow, and amazingly short in terms of attention span. One or two good or bad games and they think that's the things will always be/always have been. Australia will win 2 of the last 3 tests, England one. That's my bold call! Any takers?

  • Garp on December 15, 2010, 13:07 GMT

    So let me get this straight, there basing that Mitchel Johnson is back on form on a few net sessions? Is that because he is an Australian that he has the ability to regain his form by throwing in the nets? or is it wishful thinking at loud? I can't wait till tonight to see this remarkable turnaround based on some net sessions because in 15 years of following cricket I've never seen a fast bowler who was in utter disamy as Johnson has been turn it all around in a matter of days by bowling in the nets. If history tells us anything it is that players out of form hardly ever regain it during a series and especially on a side that has as many selection issues and problems as the Australians are having. I'm sure the Aussie's will come out with a purpose but the key will be if there able to maintain it when things don't go their way. Taking wickets is just a third of the Australians problems, there is also fielding and then the ability to score runs.

  • sunnymachoo on December 15, 2010, 12:47 GMT

    Australia can come back. They need to relax. After all, Australians have got the spirit of never giving up till last moment. Best wishes Australia! =) But England is really in very good form, far better than Australia's.

  • on December 15, 2010, 12:46 GMT

    It's a mouth watering contest! Pressure is on Australia to deliver! Their pace attack have never looked that impotent.During last 10-12 years Australia is being rated, for the first time,as under dogs. Poms are looking composed and probably at their prime! One would assume Aussie sun set is about to happen... but i've this feeling they won't go down so easily!

  • on December 15, 2010, 12:12 GMT

    Siddle is shadow if real aussies.four Fast bowler (Siddle,Haris,Jhonson, Hilfenhaus)and two all rounders (Smith &SWatson) is more than enough.

  • WilliamFranklin on December 15, 2010, 12:09 GMT

    or even Tremors will tear them apart!

  • Rohan0309 on December 15, 2010, 11:38 GMT

    I think neutral spectators will lose interest in Ashes if it continues to be one-sided and will switch over to India v South Africa! ;)

  • sammykent on December 15, 2010, 11:36 GMT

    Tough game to pick. It seems Cook has lost his form a bit, based on his performance against Victoria, and Ponting must be due a decent score. The curator is talking up a seamer friendly four day game and the selectors are both adament that a spinner is required. Either way bowling first seems the consensus and Australia have opted to bat deep by bringing Johnson back and including Smith who is far more a batter than bowler but provides a good change up bowling option. Both teams are under immense pressure, Australia to stay in the hunt and England to finish the series with two games to go. England have a hand on the urn which may bring about a nervousness that costs them. This would be a shock as the team England have right now is brimming with confidence and talent. It will only take a couple of guys to step up for them to win and so far most of the team has been stepping up.

  • LALITHKURUWITA on December 15, 2010, 11:03 GMT

    Aussies will win at Perth but not the Ashes.

  • Iceborn999 on December 15, 2010, 11:02 GMT

    There is a saying in the world of rugby "never right off a wounded wallaby". I feel this saying is relevant for this Australian cricket team. The Aussies may of been disappointing up to this point, but all we need is a bit of luck to go our way. The poms have a habit of slacking off midway through series, we have seen this. We have a habit of producing cricketing magic every now and again, they have seen this and should remember it. Cricket is a funny game. Expect the Australians to fight like dogs in this test. If Ponting can regain form and Mitch fires on the WACA wicket... we will win..... Don that baggy green and remember who you play for fellas... Go you good things!!!!.

  • chad_reid on December 15, 2010, 10:51 GMT

    i know its highly unlikely but i have i gut feeling that aus will win this test and mr beer after all the negatives of his selection in the squad and Johnson as well will be the main reason for the win lol talk bout the irony if that happens but as i said is a 98 percentile of that not happening and of course the English don't fear the aus team anymore. hey but you never know it could happen

  • on December 15, 2010, 10:45 GMT

    i feel Australia is going to hit England very hard in this test and the others to follow...i'm fore seeing a huge victory for Australia this match and Ricky Ponting a big score.

  • ravi_hari on December 15, 2010, 10:25 GMT

    It is the most crucial test for both sides as it is the 3rd test. Apart from a stupendous record at WACA nothing seems going right for Aussies in the preparations for the match. A confused captain and an almost toothless attack make them most vulnerable notwithstanding the record at the venue. England on the other hand will be too happy to give Finn additional responsibility in the absence of Broad and his injury might be the blessing in disguise as Broad did not look too good in the first 2 tests. Tremlett is more than just a replacement. If you look at it, Australia have actually lost because of their batting. In the first test they batted well in the first innings and did not give a chance to English bowlers to secure a win. In the second test Aussies batted poorly in both the innings and conceded defeat. So they have to bat well to win or save the test. Once you put 400+ on the board, the same bowlers will look completely different. Lets see who triumphs. Hari Ravi

  • anver777 on December 15, 2010, 10:23 GMT

    "Make it or break it" moment for Aussies........specially for Ponting who is under tremendous pressure.......hope we can witness a good match on Thursday !!!!!!!!

  • on December 15, 2010, 9:41 GMT

    I would love to see Johnson bowl the "Alan Davidson" way and win,square the current Series. All the best "Punter" & men

  • on December 15, 2010, 9:39 GMT

    i want seires ENGLAND 3-1

  • WilliamFranklin on December 15, 2010, 8:58 GMT

    Tremors will tare them apart!

  • Something_Witty on December 15, 2010, 8:51 GMT

    I can't see Australia winning this match with our current mindset and how poorly we are playing. The best we can hope for is an Aussie-dominant draw to settle the nerves down a bit, then we might have some chance of getting back on track. Still, without knowing what the pitch is like it's hard to tell, but England should be clear favourites and it would take an inspired performance from more than one player to swing things back our way. Best of luck to the boys! Hope Hughesy and Watto can put on a good partnership and get some time in the middle together.

  • 0wais on December 15, 2010, 8:44 GMT

    This match will decide the fate of this series

  • on December 15, 2010, 8:29 GMT

    AUSSIES TIME IS GONE HOWEVER THEY WILL NOT GIVE UP (I WAS TEMPTED TO USE 'COME HARD AT' BUT THEY DON'T HAVE ENOUGH METTLE) ENGLAND SHOULD NOT BE COMPLACENT AS THEY WANT TO SEA THE DEAL THIS IS ENGLAND'S GREATEST CHANCE OF RETAINING ASHES

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  • on December 15, 2010, 8:29 GMT

    AUSSIES TIME IS GONE HOWEVER THEY WILL NOT GIVE UP (I WAS TEMPTED TO USE 'COME HARD AT' BUT THEY DON'T HAVE ENOUGH METTLE) ENGLAND SHOULD NOT BE COMPLACENT AS THEY WANT TO SEA THE DEAL THIS IS ENGLAND'S GREATEST CHANCE OF RETAINING ASHES

  • 0wais on December 15, 2010, 8:44 GMT

    This match will decide the fate of this series

  • Something_Witty on December 15, 2010, 8:51 GMT

    I can't see Australia winning this match with our current mindset and how poorly we are playing. The best we can hope for is an Aussie-dominant draw to settle the nerves down a bit, then we might have some chance of getting back on track. Still, without knowing what the pitch is like it's hard to tell, but England should be clear favourites and it would take an inspired performance from more than one player to swing things back our way. Best of luck to the boys! Hope Hughesy and Watto can put on a good partnership and get some time in the middle together.

  • WilliamFranklin on December 15, 2010, 8:58 GMT

    Tremors will tare them apart!

  • on December 15, 2010, 9:39 GMT

    i want seires ENGLAND 3-1

  • on December 15, 2010, 9:41 GMT

    I would love to see Johnson bowl the "Alan Davidson" way and win,square the current Series. All the best "Punter" & men

  • anver777 on December 15, 2010, 10:23 GMT

    "Make it or break it" moment for Aussies........specially for Ponting who is under tremendous pressure.......hope we can witness a good match on Thursday !!!!!!!!

  • ravi_hari on December 15, 2010, 10:25 GMT

    It is the most crucial test for both sides as it is the 3rd test. Apart from a stupendous record at WACA nothing seems going right for Aussies in the preparations for the match. A confused captain and an almost toothless attack make them most vulnerable notwithstanding the record at the venue. England on the other hand will be too happy to give Finn additional responsibility in the absence of Broad and his injury might be the blessing in disguise as Broad did not look too good in the first 2 tests. Tremlett is more than just a replacement. If you look at it, Australia have actually lost because of their batting. In the first test they batted well in the first innings and did not give a chance to English bowlers to secure a win. In the second test Aussies batted poorly in both the innings and conceded defeat. So they have to bat well to win or save the test. Once you put 400+ on the board, the same bowlers will look completely different. Lets see who triumphs. Hari Ravi

  • on December 15, 2010, 10:45 GMT

    i feel Australia is going to hit England very hard in this test and the others to follow...i'm fore seeing a huge victory for Australia this match and Ricky Ponting a big score.

  • chad_reid on December 15, 2010, 10:51 GMT

    i know its highly unlikely but i have i gut feeling that aus will win this test and mr beer after all the negatives of his selection in the squad and Johnson as well will be the main reason for the win lol talk bout the irony if that happens but as i said is a 98 percentile of that not happening and of course the English don't fear the aus team anymore. hey but you never know it could happen