Australian players celebrate Josh Hazlewood's, center, dismissal of England's Alastair Cook during the fourth day of their Ashes cricket test match in Perth, Australia, Sunday, Dec. 17, 2017. (AP Photo/Trevor Collens)
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Australia moved within six wickets of reclaiming the Ashes at the close of a rain-hit Day 4 of the third Ashes test Sunday, with England still 127 runs short of making the hosts bat again.Australia had declared at 662 for nine after lunch, their highest ever Ashes total at home, with captain Steve Smith finally dismissed for 239 from 399 balls.One large fissure at the southern end of the wicket opened up to swallow England No. 3 James Vince for 55 when a Mitchell Starc ball jagged back to rip out his off-stump.Vince and first innings centurion Malan dug in for 40 runs before the pitch claimed the No. 3 .With England desperate for a captain's knock, Root joined Vince in the middle and the pair added 31 runs to prompt a bowling change.
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