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Fourth Day Of Third Ashes Test

Australia had one hand on the ashes at tea on the fourth day of the third test against England in Perth.

Trailing by 259 runs on the first innings after Australia declared at 662 for nine, England were 71 for three when an early tea was called due to rain, with James Vince on 36 and Dawid Malan on four, still trailing by 188 runs.

The home side lead the five-test series 2-0.

England's best hopes of staying alive in the five-match series would appear to rest with the weather, and there was a loud cheer from England fans when the forecast rain arrived just minutes before tea.

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