The Ashes: Cook's struggles continue as Australia hone in on the urn


Australia will be looking to go 3-0 up in the 2017-18 Ashes series on Day 5 of their third Test against England in Perth.

England trails Australia by 127 runs and aside from the forecast of rain on day five, the tourists are clinging to a glimmer of hope of avoiding defeat with first-innings century makers Dawid Malan (28 not out) and Jonny Bairstow (14 not out) the overnight batsmen.

"I don't think we've learned anything from today that we didn't already know", Farbrace said in a sobering assessment of the English bowling unit.

Rain brought an early conclusion on the fourth day. "You only need a couple to straighten off it and you are in the game".

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And after knocking the Englishmen down, Marsh said the Australians planned to "put our foot on the throat". "We don't have that extra pace, we knew that coming into that series, and we haven't got the highest quality of magical spin", he added. "It's going to be tough and I'm sure there's going to be some good balls flying around out there but these two especially showed in the first innings that they can occupy the crease for a long time, so hopefully they get off to a good start in the morning".

Hazlewood struck in the second over of the England's innings when he had opener Mark Stoneman caught behind by Tim Paine for 3.

Record run-scorer Cook, who became the first Englishman to appear in 150 Test Matches, for his country, has found runs hard to come by during this series, scoring just 83 runs in during six innings'.