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England bowler Tim Bresnan struggled on his return to the side in the Third Ashes Test

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England let a commanding position slip as they failed to capitalise on in taking five early wickets, and Saker feels they must bowl better if they are to stand any chance of getting back into the Ashes

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Having gone 2-0 down in the Series, Cook knows that they need to win in Perth if England are to have any chance of winning the Ashes

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