So, after two massive defeats of 381 runs and 218 runs respectively, England now move to Perth where the third test begins on not the luckiest of dates i.e Friday 13th.
Though Alastair Cook and his men were quite sanguine of coming back in the series at Adelaide, a feckless and shambolic display denied them of even a sniff of victory and all they could get was nothing but a few positives.
Now, The Brits have their final chance of staying in the series and if they even draw the match here, they’ll still have hopes of retaining The Ashes by winning the final two tests.
What England can’t afford here is even a single loss which puts them in the situation of “Do or Die” for the rest of the series.
Now, talking about The WACA Ground in Perth, “Graveyard for The Batsmen” is what it is famously known because of the serious bounce and pace that this pitch generates.
This makes it clear that England would have to some serious work to do if they want to win out there because what Johnson can do there is what they better know.
England also would have a few positives with them when they’ll play in the third test in the form of Joet Root, Matthew Prior and Kevin Pietersen’s return to form.
The way these lads batted was commendable and to add to that, Ben Stokes looked in a good touch with both bat and ball which is a big boost for England if they want to keep their hopes alive.
Taking a look at the squad that should play for England is the one that doesn’t have Graeme Swann and Monty Panesar because spinners won’t be effective at The WACA track.
Chris Tremlett and Steven Finn should probably be in because of the pace and the bounce that these two will generate and their aggressive bowling could well dismantle the Aussies at The WACA which really could help England perform better with the bat and eventually win the match which would be much to the delight of all the English fans.
Hot favourites though are of course Australia and again no need to talk about their line-up because they have played almost perfectly.
Probable 11: England - Cook, Carberry, Root, KP, Bell, Prior, Stokes, Broad, Finn, Tremlett, Anderson.
Australia (squad announced): Rogers, Warner, Watson, Clarke, Smith, Bailey, Haddin, Johnson, Harris, Siddle, Lyon.
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