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Cricket: Cook falls cheaply as England move to 91-2 at lunch

England captain Joe Root put his side in to bat after winning his third toss of the series, with day one at the WACA overshadowed by match-fixing allegations in a British newspaper.

Starc kept banging in short balls, and the bounce of the WACA pitch beat Stoneman and a leaping wicketkeeper Tim Paine to give England four byes and their 50th run.

Hazlewood ended Australia’s frustrations with the stubborn second-wicket stand, teasing Vince into a cover drive away from his body that will only further cement the England number three’s reputation for squandering starts.

Australia, who recalled all-rounder Mitchell Marsh at the expense of middle order batsman Peter Handscomb, lead the five-match series 2-0 and can win back the coveted urn with victory at the WACA.

England were unchanged from the side that lost the second test in Adelaide but tweaked their batting order, with wicketkeeper Jonny Bairstow promoted to number six and all-rounder Moeen Ali dropping to seven.

READ MORE (Reuters)

  • No evidence Ashes test under fixing threat, says ICCReuters
  • Cricket-England win toss, choose to bat in third Ashes testNasdaq
  • Live: Australia vs England, Ashes Third Test from the WACAThe Australian
  • England 4-175 against Aussies in 3rd TestSBS
  • Burning questions: What cricket's latest match-fixing allegations mean for ...Fox Sports
  • Pacers snap England's resolve on quick Perth pitchCricbuzz
  • Ashes: No evidence of corruption in third Test after fixing claims - ICCBBC Sport
  • ICC: No evidence of corruption regarding 3rd Ashes testCharlotte Observer
  • Cricket Australia to assist probe into alleged spot-fixing on third Ashes Test ...SkySports

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