The home side fight back well thanks to two wickets at the WACA.
Two late wickets to Australia before tea on the second day of the Perth Test match has seen them reign in England’s excellent start to their first innings at the WACA.
With their backs against the wall and in a must-win game, Alastair Cook and Michael Carberry gave their side their best opening partnership of the tour to date.
But when Carberry and Root departed, the later under controversial circumstances, Australia wrested back control of the session as the run-rate dropped to below a run an over at one point, as England went into tea at 91-2.
Scoreboard at tea on the second day of the third Ashes Test between Australia and England at the WACA Ground in Perth on Saturday:
Australia 1st innings:
Chris Rogers run out (Anderson) 11
David Warner c Carberry b Swann 60
Shane Watson c Swann b Broad 18
Michael Clarke c Cook b Swann 24
Steve Smith c Prior b Anderson 111
George Bailey c Pietersen b Broad 7
Brad Haddin c Anderson b Stokes 55
Mitchell Johnson c Prior b Broad 39
Peter Siddle c Prior b Bresnan 21
Ryan Harris c Root b Anderson 12
Nathan Lyon not out 17
Extras (lb6, w3, nb1) 10
Total (all out; 103.3 overs) 385
Fall of wickets: 1-13 (Rogers), 2-52 (Watson), 3-106 (Clarke), 4-129 (Warner), 5-143 (Bailey), 6-267 (Haddin), 7-326 (Johnson), 8-338 (Smith), 9-354 (Harris), 10-385 (Siddle).
Bowling: Anderson 23-5-60-2 (1w), Broad 22-2-100-3 (1w), Bresnan 23.3-4-81-1, Stokes 17-3-63-1 (1nb, 1w), Swann 17-0-71-2, Root 1-0-4-0.
England 1st innings
Alastair Cook not out 42
Michael Carberry b Harris 43
Joe Root c Haddin b Watson 4
Kevin Pieterson not out 0
Extras (lb1, nb1) 2
Totals (2 wickets; 34 overs) 91
Fall of wicket: 1-85 (Carberry), 2-90 (Root).
Bowling: Harris 9-4-17-1, Johnson 8-4-21-0 (1nb), Watson 5-2-21-1, Siddle 5-2-11-0, Lyon 7-3-20-0.
Umpires: Marais Erasmus (RSA), Billy Bowden (NZL)
TV umpire: Tony Hill (NZL)
Match referee: Jeff Crowe (NZL)