Cake gone, Cook looks for crumbs

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SummaryStaring at whitewash as England trail 3-0, skipper hopes to pull one back for England at MCG

ducks and my job’s on the line or a couple of losses and I’m under the same pressure.”

Clarke is aiming to join Warwick Armstrong (1920-21) and Ricky Ponting (2006-07) as captains who have led Australia to a 5-0 series sweep over England. Clarke said Australia would take in the same 12 as Perth, meaning all-rounder James Faulkner, who has a broken hand, will likely be 12th man.

“At this stage everyone seems fully fit. I haven’t looked at the wicket yet,” Clarke said. “It’s more about assessing the conditions tomorrow morning before we announce our 11.’’

England will also wait until just before the toss on Thursday to name its team, with one change expected to be Jonny Bairstow in for Prior as wicketkeeper.

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