Jonny Bairstow scored his maiden 100 vs Australia    Getty Images
Jonny Bairstow scored his maiden 100 vs Australia Getty Images

England compiled runs throughout the park in the first half of the morning session and lost 6 wickets in the next half. The Perth wicket continued being benign to the batsmen, as Dawid Malan and Jonny Bairstow dealt in boundaries and stretched the fifth-wicket stand to 237. However, as has been the case in the series so far, Australia did not let England breathe easy. From 368 for 4, England outrageously slumped to 403 all out.

Nathan Lyon, the impetus-provider, triggered the collapse. He removed Malan for 140. Peter Handscomb, at point, took a remarkable catch. Mitchell Marsh then added to England’s misery, dismissing Moeen Ali for a duck.

What England had feared happened. Chris Woakes joined the downfall, throwing away his wicket as well.

Steven Smith sensed urgency and marshalled Mitchell Starc: the in-swing delivery dismantled Bairstow’s defence after he reached his maiden hundred against Australia.

Stuart Broad, amidst a series of blunders, hoiked a baseball shot over the leg-side boundary. It was a similar shot to the one had executed in The Gabba Test. While he tried to make room to collect runs on the vacant off-side field, James Anderson gave his all to shuffle away from Mitchell Starc’s bouncers. Australia soon ended the act and packed England’s last 6 wickets in 35 runs.

England 403 (Mark Stoneman 56, Dawid Malan 140, Jonny Bairstow 119; Mitchell Starc 4 for 91, Josh Hazlewood 3 for 92) vs Australia

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