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Ashes 2013: Allan Border warns of England fightback in Perth

England are down but not out, says Allan Border.

England are down but not out, says Allan Border. Photo: Getty Images

Beware the wounded Lion - that's the message from former Australian captain Allan Border as a desperate England aim to hang on to the Ashes.

Australia can clinch an unassailable 3-0 series lead when the third Test starts at the WACA Ground in Perth on Friday.

England has barely fired a shot in the opening two Tests, but Border says the tourists are capable of getting back in the contest.

''We've got to keep the hand on the throat now because England are a dangerous side,'' Border said.

''This will be a real danger game in that they're 2-0 down and they've got nothing to lose.

''That 'go-for-broke' mentality might be what they need.''

Border predicted England would bring in Tim Bresnan for either of their two spinners, Graeme Swann or Monty Panesar, on a bouncy pitch traditionally suited to fast bowlers.

England could even go for an all-pace attack if it includes lanky quicks Boyd Rankin or Chris Tremlett.

Australia is likely to retain the same XI that did the job in the opening two Tests; off-spinner Nathan Lyon complementing a balanced attack featuring Mitchell Johnson, Ryan Harris, Peter Siddle and all-rounder Shane Watson.

''You always need to take into account the wind factor at the WACA, the Fremantle doctor comes into play most days and it has an effect,'' Border said.

''You need blokes who know how to bowl into that breeze because it's quite a bucketing wind from one end of the ground.

''Nathan Lyon will enjoy those conditions, he'll get a little bit of drift and bounce.

''We've got three pacemen and an all-rounder, so we probably don't need another one, but England might think Swann and Panesar haven't done the job, so they might go for an all-pace attack and see if that works.''

Johnson has been the chief destroyer for Australia, taking 17 wickets at an average of 12.70 after a couple of devastating spells of aggressive fast bowling, regularly cracking the 145km/h mark.

''When bowlers get up to that sort of pace, it's hard work and there is that fear factor,'' Border said. ''Mitchell has been bowling fast, furious and changing his angles quite a bit, and bowling a lot of short stuff.

''It messes with your head and with your footwork.

''So if England can overcome those issues and take Mitchell Johnson out of the equation, they go a long way to building up a reasonable score.''

It's been a remarkable turnaround for an Australian team that was swept 4-0 in India earlier in the year and replaced South African-born coach Mickey Arthur with Darren Lehmann on the eve of the 3-0 series loss in England.

''Darren Lehmann has to take a lot of credit, he's created an environment the players feel a lot more comfortable in,'' Border said.

''Mickey Arthur, he's a good coach, but just misread the mood and what was required around an Australian cricket team, and Darren Lehmann's brought that to the table.''

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