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“To come back and win 3-0 would be fantastic”
Australia opening batsman Chris Rogers has announced that “we’re in the driving seat to go 3-0” up after the baggy greens ended day three of the third Test in Perth with a 369-run lead over England.
Rogers scored a half-century during Australia’s second innings, but the hero of the day was his opening partner David Warner, who smashed a magnificent century.
“I think if we said at the start of the day, the ultimate day to have was that we’d be in this position,” Rogers told Sky Sports. “It’s fantastic. We could have been under a little bit of pressure but we’ve done well. Now we’re in the driving seat to go 3-0.”
However, Rogers stated that Australia cannot take their foot off the pedal for even a second.
“Never. It’s a long way to go,” he said. “We’ll bat for a while tomorrow. Who knows, maybe after lunch and then have a good lead and attack England hard.”
Speaking about the widening cracks on the pitch, Rogers said: “The cracks are widening. The heat’s been amazing so it’s going to be hard to bat on second dig for England.
“When it cracks, it can be quite uneven. I’ve not seen cracks like this at the WACA for a while. If they keep getting like that it’s going to be hard for England.”
Rogers added that if Australia were to regain the Ashes at the end of this Test, it would be like a dream come true, especially after the baggy greens were thrashed 3-0 in the last Ashes series earlier this year.
“After England a lot of us were hurting,” Rogers said. “All of us were hurting. To come back and win 3-0 would be fantastic.”