Hazlewood wants Ashes wrapped up early


Australia seamer Josh Hazlewood wants to wrap up the third Test in Perth early on the fifth and final day as rain threatens to ruin the home side’s chances of regaining the urn.

Hazlewood took two wickets on the fourth day to help reduce England to 132/4 before ain brought and early end to the day with the tourists still needing another 127 runs just to make the hosts bat again.

Wet weather is again forecast to be in and around the WACA on Monday and Hazlewood is keen to wrap up the game which will give Australia an unassailable 3-0 lead in the series with three matches still to play.

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Hazlewood said after the day’s play: “We would have loved to stay another hour to get that fifth wicket but we will try tomorrow.

“We’ve looked at it (the weather radar) and there is just some rain tomorrow morning. Hopefully it doesn’t stick around too long and we take these next six wickets.

“It feels pretty close. We’ve gone through the [England] tail pretty quickly in the past two games, so one or two more quickly tomorrow morning.”

The visitors have Dawid Malan and Jonny Bairstow, who both scored centuries in the first innings, at the crease and will look to bat out most the final day to keep England in the series.