Wet pitch in Perth delay Aussies victory: Ashes Series

The Steve Smith led Australia need 6 more wickets to win the Test match without having to bat again, while England trail the hosts by 127 runs at the end of the rain curtailed day. Australia are confident that there will be problems with the weather on the final day of the last Test at the WACA. Rain and a wet pitch stalled Australia’s push for victory on the final day of the third Ashes Test in Perth today. Showers caused play to be abandoned early on the fourth day and they continued through to Monday morning, forcing a scheduled early resumption to be cancelled. Australia need just six more wickets to win the match and regain the Ashes. Australia lead the five-Test series 2-0 and a win at Perth would mean they will regain the coveted urn. Trailing by 259 runs after the hosts declared at 662 for nine, England were reduced to 132 for four at stumps. Dawid Malan was unbeaten on 28 with Jonny Bairstow on 14 at the other end.

Complicating matters further was a damp spot on the pitch, just outside the popping crease at the southern end, with WACA ground staff working furiously with leaf blowers to try to dry it out. It was unclear how the water got through the covers onto the pitch, although there was some suggestion it happened when strong winds lifted them up. Match officials were confident the problem would be resolved once the rain stopped, but no time had been set for the resumption.

 

 

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