England arrived in Perth 2-0 down, having been obliterated in Brisbane by 277 runs and succumbing to final day jitters in Adelaide as their batsmen collapsed to 129 all out, en route to a six-wicket defeat.
The tourists recalled Monty Panesar and Sajid Mahmood in place of Ashley Giles and James Anderson, with the spinner making an immediate impact, taking five for 92 as Australia were bowled out for 244. Steve Harmison also returned to form, taking four wickets after harrowing match figures of one for 288 in the first two Tests.
The hosts gained a 29-run first-innings lead however as England crumbled to 215 all out, with only Kevin Pietersen passing 50. By the end of play on day two, Australia were looking ominous as they reached 119 for one, and an overall lead of 148.