“Ashes 2013-14: Matt Prior says England must come out fighting” – BBC Sport
The third Test starts on Friday in Perth where England will be aiming to win for only the second time, and first in 35 years, to start their comeback. England would become only the second team – Australia managed it in 1936-37 – to recover from losing the first two Ashes Tests and go on to win the series.
- Day 5 of 5 – Match finished
- Australia won the toss and decided to bat
- Australia 1st Innings 570 for 9 declared (158.0 overs)
- England 1st Innings 172 all out (68.2 overs)
- Australia 2nd Innings 132 for 3 declared (39.0 overs)
- England 2nd Innings 312 all out (101.4 overs)
- Australia won by 218 runs
After a busy year, England is feeling the heat ironically in December as they play the Ashes, Ryan Harris and Monty Panesar were both notable by their absence at the penultimate practice sessions for Australia and England before the third Test as doubt from England players rise. Early this week, England’s wicketkeeper-batsman, back to form with a half-century in the 218-run defeat in Adelaide on Monday, has no doubt about the tourists’ ability to defy the odds.
In Wednesday’s match ’11th dec 2013′ Australia’s coach Darren Lehmann poured cold water over all suggestions that their specialist spinner Nathan Lyon may be omitted to allow the selection of James Faulkner as an extra seamer on a pitch that Matthew Page, Perth’s acting curator, confidently predicted will have “pace and bounce for the quickies, definitely”.
“Ryan Harris has had an ongoing knee issue throughout his career which we manage after each Test he plays,” said a spokesman. “Along with all the bowlers, Ryan [has done] a recovery session [on Wednesday] and he will bowl [on Thursday].” – the Guardian
Although England success is still unsure the ashes has had an especially great turn out as all 23,500 tickets have been sold for each of the first three days and Adam Gilchrist, the former Australia wicketkeeper-batsman who hit the second-fastest Test century of all time off 59 balls at the Waca in the 2006-7 Ashes series, believes England may struggle again in the Perth furnace. 11th December 2013, the England team is sustain of a come back as England still believe “100%” they can win the Ashes from 2-0 down, with a new strategy they go to Perth.