Can the holders of the Urn stay in hunt or will the Aussies win 3-0?
Where: The WACA, Perth
When: 02.30 (GMT)
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Australia will look to close out an impressive home summer series when the take on England in the third Ashes Test of the summer, which begins at the WACA in Perth this morning.
Heading into the game the home side has all of the form and confidence with them, after they thumped Alastair Cook and his side by 381 runs in Brisbane and 218 runs in Adelaide.
Despite their form heading into the game Australian captain Michael Clarke has his share of headaches.
James Faulkner, who was tipped to be a late inclusion in the side to give Australia an all-pace attack, was ruled out after breaking his thumb while batting in the nets on Thursday.
While it remained to be seen if he would have taken the place of off-spinner Nathan Lyon, the fracture will mean Australia will use an unchanged bowling attack, as Ryan Harris (sore knee) has improved as the Test approached.
Cook and Ian Bell have both said in interviews before the Perth match that the Three Lions’ top-order simply had to make runs, with only Joe Root and Michael Carberry showing signs of form.
Too often the English batsman have been out to rash shots on the leg-side and the Australians plans of frustrating the likes of Bell and Kevin Pieterson have also worked wonders.
Mitchell Johnson has grabbed many of the headlines so far this season for his form with the ball, and again all eyes will be on him as he looks to continue his love affair with the, tipped to be, fast and bouncy WACA pitch.
But for Johnson, and the rest of the fast bowlers picked on both sides, getting carried away with the bounce can affect rhythm as past teams have simply expected a barrage of bouncers to earn wickets.
The side who who bowls a fraction full of a length will get results, as edges will fly through to the slips along with giving the ball a chance to swing, something neither side has been able to do so far this summer.
While the quick men have gotten most of the attention before the game, spinner Graeme Swann and Lyon will have their part to play.
The English tweaker has had a series to forget, and has been made to look pedestrian at times by the likes of Michael Clarke and Brad Haddin.
But close in fielders will always be in the action in Perth, with bat-pad chances easier to take, but only if Swann follows Lyon’s lead and bowls with more over-spin, as opposed to side spin, to make the most of the conditions.