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Ashes 2013/14 podcast: Third Test, day four

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The carnage continued on day four as Australia butchered England's bowlers with Shane Watson (103 off 108 balls) to the fore.

After setting the tourists over 500 to win for the third time in the series, Australia struck instantly by removing skipper Alastair Cook first ball as the cracks in England's top-order - like those in the disintegrating Perth pitch - became ever wider.

Ian Bell and Ben Stokes offered resistance with a healthy and much-needed, fifth-wicket stand of 99 but with just five wickets in the bank and Stuart Broad hobbling around, England's prospects of preventing Australia regaining the Ashes on Tuesday seemed bleak...

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As ever, our pundits are on hand to share their views and reflections on all the action and discuss the biggest talking points - on and off the field!

With five former England captains in the commentary box - Nasser Hussain, Andrew Strauss, Mike Atherton, Sir Ian Botham and David Gower - not to mention the enigma that is Bumble, there's plenty of chat to catch up on.

On today's podcast...

Sir Ian Botham and David 'Bumble' Lloyd assess England's chances of pulling off 'another 1981'. Download it here.

The odds may be heavily stacked against England but if there are two men who refuse to lose heart it is Bumble and Beefy!

The fat lady isn't singing, says Bumble, but England must play tough cricket. Hear what he's made of England's 'fight-back' so far and how the tourists made Australia think a bit more on day four.

Beefy has long been an admirer of Ben Stokes and on today's podcast he delivers his verdict on the Durham all-rounder's batting and bowling performances so far.

The pair also offer their views on Matt Prior's form, England's 'shocking' performance in the field and the pyrotechnics provided by Shane Watson, plus Mike Atherton catches up with Ian Bell.

Here's how to #CatchUp...

Check out the Sky Sports Ashes podcast page here or check out the podcast on itunes or by hitting this MP3 link.

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Watch highlights of today's play on Sky Sports 2. Our coverage of the fifth and final day of the third Test begins at 2.25am on Tuesday morning.