Touring side look to go on the attack further after winning first two days.
Where: Old Trafford, Manchester
When: 10.00 (GMT)
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For the first time in the series Australia is taking the fight to home side and current holders of the Ashes.
However, Aussie skipper Michael Clarke realises that a victory to keep his side in the hunt for a historic series win will be hard to come by on a pitch that is turning into a batsman’s paradise at Old Trafford in Manchester.
After their failings with the bat at both Trent Bridge and Lords, which saw England take a deserving 2-0 lead in the series, Australia finally found the secret formula to batting in Test matches – partnerships.
Every time the tourists failed with the bat it was because England were able to maintain pressure with the ball and two or three quick wickets fell.
Not so in Manchester.
There was only two partnerships in the top-order that could be classified as failures, those being for the second and fifth wickets.
On those occasions Usman Khawaja and Chris Rogers and David Warner and Clarke made six and 22 respectively.
However, it could be argued the shocking decision against Khawaja resulted in a much smaller partnership that the rest of the Australian batting order offered up.
Of course the highlight for the Australia’s was the partnership between Clarke and Steve Smith which netted them 214 runs and set the tone for their massive first innings of 527.
However, the pitch is playing so well for the batsman that a score in excess of 500 was considered par so the Australians would be advised not to put the champagne on ice just yet.
Clarke gave his side every chance of earning early wickets late on day two, by declaring and giving his attack 30 overs at the Three Lions’ top order.
Normally a sneaky period of 10 overs is all that is needed to send a jitter or two through an opposition opening pair as they walk out to face a new ball after being in the field all day.
However, Clarke knew that unlike the pitches at Trent Bridge and Lords which offered plenty for the fast men with the new ball, his attack would have to build pressure slowly.
Alastair Cook and Joe Root looked to be riding out the storm well, with Root crawling along at a strike rate of less than five for much of his time at the crease.
But eventually something had to crack.
After having his place in the Australia side heavily questioned by local scribes before the side touched down in England, Peter Siddle continued to be the most consistent fast bowler for his side.
His wicket of Root and nightwatchman Tim Bresnan took him to 13 wickets for the series, a fine return for a player who always gives everything when he runs into the crease.
While he remained wicket-less on day two, the decision to bring in Nathan Lyon for Ashton Agar looks already to be the right one.
If the Australian top-order does its job and scores runs, the side can carry a player who is there solely for his wicket-taking potential, not the other way around, as was the case for the young Agar.
Lyon showed he was able to get almost as much turn as Graeme Swann with a relatively new ball while also having the bounce to trouble a noted player of slow bowling in the England captain Cook.
While Agar has been dumped after just two Tests, the 19-year-old has shown plenty of potential and should be kept in the system and given time time to mature and refine his bowling, where he could be come a genuine spinner and all-rounder for the side in the future.
England are far from being out of the contest with Cook resuming his innings on 36, and due for a big score in the series.
Jonathan Trott can bat for days and will need to, at least for the next two, as they look to climb back into the game.
Also up England’s sleeve is Ian Bell, who has easily the best form on the board of any batsman in the series and will loom as a key wicket if and when he comes to the crease on day three.