Australia 2/5 to wrap up series

  • Last Updated: December 13 2013, 10:48 GMT

Australia are closing in on regaining the Ashes after ending the first day of the third Test at 2/5 with Sky Bet to take victory and with it, the series.

Steve Smith: Led the Australian recovery
Steve Smith: Led the Australian recovery

England started well enough in Perth after losing the toss, reducing Australia to 143 for five, but Steve Smith, with an unbeaten 103, Brad Haddin and Mitchell Johnson dug the hosts out of a hole and they finished on 326 for six.

Already 2-0 up in the five-match series, Australia had started the match as 4/6 shots. They drifted to 8/11 in-running with the Leeds-based firm as wickets fell, but by the close they had hardened to 2/5.

England could be backed at 5/1 come stumps, with the draw offered at 9/2.

England, who need to win this game and the two remaining others to take the series, will look to avoid the middle-order collapses which have undermined their campaign so far when they bat.

With this in mind, Australia are already 1/4 to take a first-innings lead with Sky Bet. England can be backed in that market at 3/1.

  • Posted at 1025 GMT on 13/12/2013.

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