England’s captain, Andrew Strauss, has challenged his players to raise their intensity back to the levels they produced for their crushing victory in the second Test at Adelaide, as they prepare to take on a youthful Australian team that has no option but to throw everything they’ve got into a match that could decide the destiny of the Ashes.
With Australia trailing one-nil in the series with three games to play, Strauss knows that a victory at the WACA would guarantee the retention of the urn, but that in itself is a tall order at a venue where England have won just once in 11 Tests. “We’re expecting five days of very tough Test cricket,” he said. “If Australia were wounded in Adelaide and have a point to prove, then they’re going to be that much harder to beat. We’ve got to be ready to counteract that.”
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