CRICKET

England 132/4 At Stumps, Australia 662/9 Declared

Australia had one hand on the Ashes at Stumps on the Fourth Day of the Third Cricket Test against England in Perth.

Trailing by 259 runs in the first innings after Australia declared at 662 for nine, England were 132 for four when Stumps was called early after a rain-interrupted Final Session.

Earlier, resuming their innings on the overnight score 549 for four, Australia declared their first innings at 662 for nine.

Steve Smith added 10 runs in his overnight score of 229.

Smith hit 30 boundaries and one six in his 239 runs knock.

Mitchell Marsh made 181 runs with the help of 29 boundaries.

Tim Paine score unbeaten 49 while Pat Cummins made 41.

For England, James Anderson bagged four while Craig Overton took two wickets.

Trailing by 259, England lost three quick wickets for just 60 runs in their Second Innings.

Alastair Cook made 14, Stoneman scored 3 while Skipper Joe Root added 14 runs.

James Vince then scored 55 runs with the help of 12 boundaries. Dawid Malan was unbeaten on 28 with Johnny Bairstow on 14 when the stumps were drawn.

For Australia, Josh Hazlewood bagged two while Mitchell Starc and Nathan Lyon took one wicket each.

England's Best Hopes of staying alive would appear to rest with the Weather, and there was a loud cheer from England Fans when the forecast rain first arrived just minutes before Tea.

More rain is forecast on the Final Day, although it is only predicted to be a problem before lunchtime.

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