Where did it all go wrong in Perth? Ten reasons why England crashed and burned in the third Ashes Test

1 England failed to ram home their advantage. From 69 for five on day one, Australia should never have been allowed to make 268. Mike Hussey claimed it was above-par — he was spot on.

2 At Adelaide , Jonathan Trott’s direct hit in the first over ran out Simon Katich and caused panic in Australia’s dressing room. But he missed an easier chance to get rid of Brad Haddin on day one when the Australia keeper was only 13 runs into his 53 — a moment that could have reduced the home team to 88 for six.

3 The seamers bowled too short to Hussey, who grew up at the WACA and pulls from waist-height as well as anyone in world cricket. He did get out to a bouncer in the second innings, but only after he had made 116.

Meat and drink: England's seamers bowled too short for Milke Hussey

Meat and drink: England's seamers bowled too short for Milke Hussey

4 England failed to attack the stumps. Australia won five lbw shouts to England’s two, and although both sides bowled four batsmen apiece, two of England’s successes came via inside edges.

Why didn't he bowl more? Graeme Swann was underused at the WACA

Why didn't he bowl more? Graeme Swann was underused at the WACA

5 Steven Finn may be the leading wicket-taker in the series with 14, but he is also the most expensive, leaking 4.30 runs an over. Hussey hit him for 62 in the two innings from only 78 deliveries, and Shane Watson collected 41 of his second-innings runs from the 53 balls Finn delivered to him.

6 England ’s right-handed middle order failed to adapt to Mitchell Johnson’s late inswing, aiming across their front pads when the situation demanded a straight bat. The indecision cost them the match.

7 Andrew Strauss underused Graeme Swann in the second innings, bowling the off-spinner for only nine overs out of 86. A slow bowler in a four-man attack usually does about 40 per cent of the work.

8 England ’s second innings batting contained too many pokes at balls that could have been left. Strauss, Kevin Pietersen and Trott all nibbled at deliveries they had left in Brisbane and Adelaide.

9 Ian Bell batted a place too low at No 6 — and in the second innings he was pushed down to No 7 after Jimmy Anderson was used as a nightwatchman. He has to be given the chance to build an
innings instead of being left to hit out with the tail.

10 England missed the injured Stuart Broad’s control, lower order batting and snarl. He would have relished taking on the Australians’ in-your-face aggression.

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