Warner the danger to England


England simply have to avoid defeat in the third Ashes Test in Perth if they are to sidestep surrendering the little urn to Australia with two matches left to play.

The WACA pitch has traditionally been the fastest of the lot Down Under, however, the last two Tests at the venue have been high-scoring affairs, particularly for Aussie opener David Warner.

He made 97 and 35 against South Africa just over a year ago and 253 and 24 twelve months earlier against New Zealand.

That recent form suggests that at 31/4 to be named man of the match, the left-hander is one to watch, especially as last time out against England in Perth he made 60 and 112.

For England, former skipper Alastair Cook will no doubt be eager to mark his 150th Test appearance in style, but even at 16/1 to be man of the match he is something of a long shot given his lack of form.

Only one of the last ten Tests played at the WACA has ended in a draw, but 4/1 for this match to do so is something to consider, if the pitch is as batsman-friendly as some pundits predict.

Also worth taking note of is the fact that the hosts have been beaten in four of those ten Tests, with South Africa claiming three of those tourist victories.

So, an England win at 7/2 might have some merit, if you think the Three Lions can finally start to roar with the bat.

Overall, the Ashes would appear to be all but lost and an Aussie whitewash is now just 2/1, but of more value is England to at least gain a consolation win, with a 4-1 final series outcome available at 33/10.

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