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  1. Malan 110* - maiden Test century
  2. Dropped by Bancroft on 92
  3. Bairstow 75* - stand worth 174
  4. Stoneman 56, Vince 25, Root 20
  5. Australia lead 2-0 in five-Test series
  6. Day two starts at 02:30 GMT

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By Amy Lofthouse, Tom Rostance and Saj Chowdhury

All times stated are UK

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The question on everybody's lips... how many wickets will England lose in the morning?

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Andrew Bedford: Still think we will be all out for sub 400. It's the hope that kills you.

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Our man in Perth on the first day

Stephan Shemilt

BBC Sport in Perth

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"Malan answered their call, firstly by counter-attacking after England lost three wickets for 42 runs.

"The 30-year-old needed some fortune - he could have been run out had a David Warner throw hit the stumps, and a hook off Starc was top-edged for six - but, as he grew into his innings, Malan showed exceptional judgement outside off stump as well as unfurling glorious cover drives and deft cuts."

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Brian Egles: Moeen Ali with the bat could be crucial tomorrow. Whichever of Bairstow and Malan is still there could get another 50+ if he sticks around. Could be the difference between 350 all out and 500+

Agreed. Maybe with the going good Moeen will finally shine.

Brilliant Bairstow

By the way, we haven't mentioned Jonny Bairstow.

It was an unbeaten 75 from the man who's been in the spotlight for not 'on-the-field' reasons this series.

He moved up the order for this match and has been more than brilliant support for Dawid Malan.

And he also had time to make this lovely pattern on the Waca pitch.

Jonny Bairstow

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Dave Amitri: Can people stop calling for Cooks head? It's classic Cook bad run = big hundred. There must be stats to back it up. Anyway who would you bring in?

Is your brother Del? No doubt you've not heard that one before.


What Malan & Bairstow have done today for ALL England batsmen for the rest of the series is MASSIVE! It’s a mental game! #Ashes

Does KP mean "mental" in the 1990s slang terminology way?

So that Stoneman decision...

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'Stoney' was going along nicely. Made his 50 and looking good for 100. But then disaster struck...

A ball from Mitchell Starc appeared to flick off his right glove en route to the gloves of Tim Paine.

Not out after an appeal! But then the review.

It showed that there was a noise when the ball hit a glove - but which glove? The glove on the handle or the glove off it?

Third umpire Aleem Dar over-ruled Marais Erasmus because of what the 'snicko' said.

Root was angry in that dressing room.

Thoughts? Any forensic experts out there?

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Adam: Can’t understand the calls for Cook to be dropped. He’s had a few lean tests, but to go dropping your all-time leading run scorer and proven performer mid-Ashes series, when you’ve been searching for a decent partner for him over the last 5 years borders on ludicrous.

It's not that ludicrous, really.

AC(e) Malan

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Here's more from England's unbeaten centurion:

"It's been nice to score runs. I was under a bit of pressure, so it was nice to score runs when the team needed it, to make sure that I cashed in when I did get a start.

"It was good fun. I really enjoyed the pace that these guys come with, the short ball. In county cricket you're more worried about 78mph dibbly dobblies. It challenges you technically and your heart. It's exciting to walk out there. It's not comfortable, you don't feel you're enjoying at the time, but it's great to get through those situations.

"Most innings on this trip I've been peppered by these guys. I don't know why they keep picking me for the short balls. They are all quality and bowl good pace. It was hostile, tough to work out a way to play.

"Tomorrow the first hour is crucial for us. If we can give them a sniff with the second new ball we give the momentum back. We have to be ruthless. Wicket is nice to bat when you get in. First 30 or 40 balls, especially the way the come at you."

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Third Test, day one recap


  • Root wins toss, opts to bat first
  • Opener Alastair Cook goes for 7.
  • Mark Stoneman makes 56 but is then given out after a review shows Mitchell Starc's ball came off the glove attached to the bat - or did it????
  • England recover from 131-4 to 305-4 at the close of play thanks to Dawid Malan’s heroic 110* and Bairstow’s 75*.

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Katya Witney: After switching off at 115-3, waking up to see the score at the close of play was fantastic. Well done @dmalan29 true class and I cannot think of a better time to have done it. Hopeful for tomorrow that we can post a big score! #Ashesundefined #305-4

That's the spirit Katya.

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'You lie in bed at night thinking about scoring a hundred'

Dawid Malan

Here's some more from England's hero of the many hours Dawid Malan:

"I was so emotional [reaching 100]. I didn't really know what to do, I almost started crying when it happened. To do it in front of my parents, the sacrifices they made. It's nice to repay them.

"With anything you do, you need self-belief, to feel like you belong. When you get your first hundred, you have that belief to trust your game. I might never get a run again, but you still have the belief to perform at the highest level.

"I do like to be positive. I walked out and thought, 'I have nothing to lose, see the ball, hit the ball and do what comes naturally'.

"You lie in bed at night thinking about scoring a hundred, I didn't even know what to do. You always play it through your head about how you're going to score a hundred at some point.

"Nice to do it under pressure and when the team needs it."

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Scott Mabbutt: Having been burnt by hope too often before I fully expect England to be all out for 340 by lunchtime tomorrow.

That's the spirit Scott.

2, 7, 37, 16, 7

Alastair Cook

No… not my National Lottery numbers, but Alastair Cook’s innings during this series so far.

He was out lbw for 7 today in his 150th Test appearance. It was plum from Mitchell Starc.

There’s chat that the ex-skipper might quit Test cricket after the series.

This week he said: "Naturally, there is discussion in any team, senior players talk about the next move.

"Ultimately, I don't know. I haven't made any decisions on anything."

This latest brief cameo at the crease would not have helped his thought process.

Elsewhere in Australasia....

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It's like he's playing baseball!

Do you remember Ben Stokes? Well, the Durham (and England) all-rounder made 93 off only 47 balls for Canterbury against Otago in the Super Smash in New Zealand.

Stokes was named in England's squad for the one-day series in Australia that follow the Ashes, although he is unlikely to play.

More on that here.

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David Copperfield (right) and Elizabeth Taylor - not sure what happened there.
  • Does Dawid Malan deserve a knighthood?
  • Are Malan and Bairstow the sweetest partnership since Tate and Lyle?
  • Is Mark Stoneman’s autobiography going to be entitled ‘Glove’s off?’?
  • How much of a pain is Tim Paine?
  • Was swapping Bairstow and Moeen around the greatest trick since David Copperfield walked through The Great Wall of China (it really happened!)?

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Third Test, day one recap

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Cheers Tom. Merry Birthday.

Here's the first day recap (makes for pleasant reading, England fans):

  • Root wins toss, opts to bat first
  • Alastair Cook again goes for single figures (7). Hmmm…
  • Mark Stoneman overcomes Newcastle’s umpteenth defeat to make a half-ton…
  • …but he’s shown the finger after a review decides he gloved a Mitchell Starc delivery to Tim Paine (who caught three behind the stumps).
  • However, England recover from 131-4 to 305-4 at the close of play thanks to Dawid Malan’s heroic 110* (that’s more than 100 runs!) and Bairstow’s 75*.
  • Surely they can’t can they? I mean, score more than 400?

A round-up, reaction, your reaction and lots of poor attempts at humour coming up.

The tables have turned*/**/***

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*Australia will probably score 500.

**England have not won in Perth since 1978.

***England have never beaten or drawn with Australia from 2-0 down.

When Starc, Hazlewood and Cummins had Mark Stoneman dancing to a dangerous tune at lunchtime it looked like being another tricky day for England.

But Dawid Malan and Jonny Bairstow batted brilliantly to put England into a very good position.

With that, I'm off for a nap - here's Saj Chowdhury - who like me celebrated his birthday yesterday - to guide you through the next few hours of reaction.

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Durren: Showing some passion and class and about time too... Woke up expecting an all out for a pitiful tally... Replacement for Cook needed though.

George Davis: Test matches are rarely won on the first day but we've all seen them too easily lost! Bring on day two.

Simon Hughes

BBC Test Match Special commentator

If England get 550, that's like a bit of extra pace with the bowling. That's what they need.

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Woke up at 6:30 to watch the cricket and made it to the end of the days play without seeing England lose a wicket. Unbelievable.


Australia wicketkeeper Tim Paine on BT Sport: "The wicket is really good so we can take confidence out of that but credit to the two of them, they played really well. The pitch has pace in it but it's a good track.

"We are confident that if we can take two quick wickets we have seen what we can do to their bottom four. "

Simon Hughes

BBC Test Match Special commentator

You do worry about England's bowlers on this pitch. The dismissals - Cook and Vince were done by pace, Root was a bit unlucky and Stoneman was definitely suckered by quick, bouncy pace. None of the England bowlers have got that combination. You get in on here, it's quite difficult to get you out.

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Philip Dantès: He dealt with the short bowl, made the most of a good quick pitch, and cashed in. A fine knock from Malan.

Paul Cotterill: Apart from all the times I've ranted on that the Eng team is utterly rubbish and spineless, I've never for one second doubted that the they would show real grit and flair.

Oh, Paul.

Simon Hughes

BBC Test Match Special commentator

Jonny Bairstow was excellent today. He played so straight. I don't understand why England haven't had him at six throughout this series. It's been a flaw in the way they decided to organise this team. He proved today they have to have him in the top six. He's been bristling with intent. England have needed a bit of presence at the crease, and both of them have had that.

Ebony Rainford-Brent

Ex-England batter on BBC Test Match Special

This lead can easily be frittered away. In Brisbane, England were in a similar position but quite quickly, they collapsed. The new ball has been really important in this series. It's still quite hard and if England come out tomorrow, try and reset and lose a quick wicket, then Australia will be in to the tail quite quickly.

I think Bairstow has been brilliant for England but his technique allows him to get out there and counter-punch.

'A chance to get a big score'


More from Dawid Malan on TMS: "It was nice to finish this one and still be four down and give us a chance to get a big score and put them under pressure tomorrow.

"We're 2-0 down. It has been tough. We've been under the pump for things that you wouldn't normally be under the pump for. The only way you get rid of these headlines is to win games of cricket, and we've put ourselves in a good position. We need to be right on it tomorrow."

'England need 425-plus'

Michael Vaughan

Ex-England captain on BBC Test Match Special

England will be disappointed if they don't get 425-plus. This is the best batting wicket of the series so far and the outfield is rapid. You get rewarded for every stroke you play, and it's difficult to set fields to.

If they don't, Australia will be delighted, because the ball hasn't done a great deal. Josh Hazlewood was the pick. You can't afford to switch off mentally against this Australia side.

England's Dawid Malan on being dropped on 92: "When I nicked it, I was like, 'Oh no, I've throw away my chance'. But luckily it was my day."

On facing Australia's fast bowlers on a quick surface: "I quite enjoy it - I'd much rather face that than someone bowling 80mph trying to find my edge or pad. It is intimidating but it's good fun. It's what you get up for, it gets your heart racing - that's Test cricket."

Ed Smith

Ex-England batsman on BBC Test Match Special

Alastair Cook

Alastair Cook didn't play awfully. But when you're out of form, you don't quite trust yourself. In Malan's Test career to date, he hasn't really trusted himself to strike the ball. Today, instead of just surviving, he trusted himself to make that shot. That was the difference today. If he continues to play like that, he could be a very valuable number five.

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Christie Walker: Fantastic to see that, with Root and Cook somewhat out of nick, that players like Malan and Stoneman are finally standing up to be counted (but preparing for 350 all out tomorrow).

Chris Friend: Preparing for a carol service with the theme of the ‘best Christmas present ever’ and now have inspiration from England!

Oliver: Best day of the series for England so far, let's hope we can push on tomorrow. The pessimist in me, however, suggests a morning collapse and the Aussies will be in before lunch.

'I wanted to cry'

England's Dawid Malan, who made 110 not out, on TMS: "I didn't really know what to do when I hit that shot. It was pretty emotional. I almost wanted to cry. I was trying to keep the tears in.

"I didn't think I'd get one. This time I didn't think I'd play for England, so to get a hundred in the Ashes at the Waca... It's not every day you score a hundred for your country."

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