England were bidding to capitalise on Jonny Bairstow and Dawid Malan’s centuries despite the dramatic collapse which followed on the second morning of the third Test.
Bairstow made 119 and Malan weighed in with 140 as they shared a fifth-wicket stand of 237, a record for England at the WACA. But England’s Ashes fightback then suddenly faltered on the way to 403 all out.
Bairstow even allowed himself a headbutt of his helmet, as a cheeky reference to his infamous bar-room welcome for Cameron Bancroft back at the start of England’s tour, as he celebrated his first Ashes hundred.
But Malan’s attempt to dominate Nathan Lyon ended with a diving catch at point – the first of six wickets to fall for 35 runs – before Australia moved to a mid-afternoon 48 for the loss of key opener David Warner, caught behind off Craig Overton.
England had a second wicket when Overton struck again, removing Bancroft lbw for 25 after a successful review of the initial not out verdict.
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