Australia continued to bat England out of the third Ashes cricket test on Sunday as it amassed 643 for seven at lunch on the fourth day at the WACA.
Australia lost three wickets after resuming the day on 549-4 but wicketkeeper Tim Paine, 41 not out, and Pat Cummins, 36 not out, continued the assault on the England bowlers with an undefeated 82-run stand for the eighth wicket to extend Australia’s lead to 240 runs.
England scored 403 in its first innings after it won the toss and batted first.
With rain in the forecast later Sunday, Australia was expected to declare sometime early in the second session.
Australia’s total is the second highest at the WACA behind its 735-6 declared against Zimbabwe in October 2003.
At the start of play, Australia lost the overnight pair of Steve Smith (239) and Mitchell Marsh (181) as swing bowler James Anderson took 2-6 in 11 balls.
Marsh fell to the second ball and soon after Smith, both trapped leg before wicket and the pair was unsuccessful in having the decisions overturned through review.
The pair shared 301 runs for the fifth wicket to set up the mammoth total.
Anderson and fellow swing bowler Craig Overton have taken two wickets apiece.
Australia leads the five-match series 2-0 following victories in Brisbane by 10 wickets and in Adelaide by 120 runs.
Source: Fox Sports