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Vince: We must believe England can retain Ashes

James Vince hit 55 in his latest innings. Credit: PA

James Vince hopes England can remain in the Ashes despite the fact his rearguard effort was cut off by a devilish crack in the WACA pitch as Mitchell Starc served up an unplayable delivery.

England's stylish number three was in the process of building the most important innings of his Test career to date, just when the tourists needed him most.

But after unfurling 12 trademark boundaries, he was bowled off-stump when left-armer Starc hit a crack from round the wicket and found deviation Vince admits would have defeated him every time.

Vince was down on his luck but not on himself as he reflected after the fourth day on England's perilous situation - still 127 runs behind and seriously up against it to bat out the match.

"We have two guys (Jonny Bairstow and Dawid Malan) at the crease who spent a lot of time there in the first innings. We have to have belief we can stay in the series," he said.

"It's still frustrating to get out, but it's easier to take than the ones where you feel like you're at fault yourself. If I faced that another 20 or 30 times, I think it would get me out every time."


England move Bairstow up batting order for third test

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England have moved Jonny Bairstow one place up the batting order to number six in an otherwise unchanged line-up for the third Ashes Test.

Bairstow batted at number seven in the previous two Tests of the series in Brisbane and Adelaide but has switched places with all-rounder Moeen Ali for the match in Perth.

England must at least draw at the WACA, where they have won just once since their first visit in 1970, to keep their hopes of retaining the urn alive.

Elsewhere England have made the call to put Moeen down to number seven after his largely unproductive series with the bat so far.

The all-rounder has made only 105 runs in four innings, falling on each occasion to in-form Australia off-spinner Nathan Lyon.

Bairstow, who has been batting with the tail, therefore gets the opportunity to impress further up the order.

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