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3rd Test: England staring at defeat after Day 4

by Athar Ansari Dec 17, 2017 • 18:01 PM

Perth, Dec 17 (CRICKETNMORE) - England were struggling at 132/4 in their second innings at the end of a rain-interrupted fourth day in the third Ashes Test at the WACA Stadium here on Sunday, on the verge of defeat as they trail the hosts by 127 runs.

England's centurions from the first innings, Dawid Malan and Jonny Bairstow, were at the crease at stumps and face the herculean task of avoiding a third successive loss in as many matches during their current tour Down Under, reports Efe news agency.

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The fourth day's play resumed with Australia on 549/4. An inspired Jimmy Anderson trapped Mitchell Marsh leg before in the first over of the day and then Australian captain Steve Smith a few overs later. Then with the run out of Mitchell Starc, the Australians lost three wickets in a span of five overs.

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