Joe Root has confirmed and named his squad for the third Ashes Test at The WACA cricket ground in Perth and there will be no changes from the last day/night Test Match played in Adelaide. He also revealed that his team are feeling confident and that they still have a shot at a series win so it is all to play for tomorrow.
As we all know, if England lose this then they lose the Ashes and their record at the WACA is not great, so things are against them. Could things change though for the very last Ashes Test at this famous ground? That’s right, the Fremantle Doctor will blow across the WACA one final time during this Test Match with the new Perth Stadium due to be finished very soon.
Originally Cricket Australia were hoping the brand new 60,000 stadium in Burswood, which is just across the Swan river would be ready for this Third Test but construction delays have meant the ground is not fully operational as yet. The WACA it is then.
The squad then is listed below and Alastair Cook will be playing for his 150th Test cap and his 147 consecutive match. Could we see a repeat of his first Ashes hundred performance in Perth in 2006? England fans will certainly hope so as he and his team certainly need the runs they know he can get. As mentioned there are no changes to the actual squad but apparently Bairstow will move up one place in the batting line up to six, with Moeen Ali dropping down. First ball of the day will be 02.30hrs UK time.
England team for the third Test against Australia
Joe Root (captain)
Also, England Cricket legend Darren Gough spoke at the weekend just gone and gave his thoughts and predictions going into the third test in Perth. Darren highlighted his ideas on which players England should be utilising in Perth and how they should be using their particular sets of skills (notably Joe Root, Moween Ali and Alistair Cook). He also touched on Australia’s biggest strengths and the way that we need to play in order to defeat them.