You would be forgiven for forgetting that the third Ashes test starts in Perth on Thursday, with the current circus that is England grabbing all the headlines following yet another incident in a Perth bar.
The incident between England Lions batsman Ben Duckett and James Anderson was another avoidable incident on a so far disastrous tour for Joe Root’s side, with England staring defeat in the face as they head to Perth.
The third test at Perth represents England’s last chance to get themselves back into the series, whereas a defeat would firmly set the wheels in motion for another 5-0 series defeat in Australia.
Perth has never been kind to England, with even victorious England sides struggling to cope with the pace and bounce produced by the pitch at the WACA.
This test at the WACA will be the last Ashes test ever to be held at the famous old ground, with future Ashes matches to be held at the newly built Optus Stadium situated on the opposite bank of the Swan River.
Despite losing to the first two tests in a comprehensive manner, Joe Root is likely to stick with the same side, if not only due to the nature of England’s disjointed squad.
The home side, barring any last-minute injuries, are highly likely to stick with the same side that comprehensively outplayed England in Brisbane and Adelaide. The trio of Mitchell Starc, Josh Hazlewood and Pat Cummins will hope that the last Ashes pitch to be produced at the WACA will offer them the usual helpings of pace and bounce.
If England are to keep themselves in the series, they will need to produce a batting performance they have seldom often produced in the past two years and will need the likes of Alastair Cook, Moeen Ali and Jonny Bairstow to recapture their best form.