Australia 549/4 At Stumps On Day 3 Against England In Perth

Australian Batsmen Steve Smith and Mitchell Marsh put England's Attack to the sword on the third day of Third Ashes Test in Perth, leaving the tourists praying for rain to salvage their hopes of retaining the Ashes.

The home side took total control of the Match and were 549 for four in their First Innings by Stumps, with Smith on 229 and Marsh on 181.

Australia is leading by 146 runs with Six Wickets still in hand.

For England, Craig Overton bagged two while Chris Woakes and Moeen Ali took one Wicket each.

England scored 403 runs in their First Innings.

Australia Lead the Series 2-0 and can regain the Ashes with victory at the WACA Ground.

Heavy rain is forecast for the Fourth Day, but is not predicted to arrive until late in the afternoon, reducing the chances of a draw.