Michael Vaughan slams "dreadful day for English cricket"

Michael Vaughan describes day three of the third Ashes Test as a "dreadful" one for English cricket, with Australia on the verge of winning the series.

Former Ashes winning captain Michael Vaughan has described the third day of the third Test against Australia as a "dreadful" one for English cricket.

The tourists collapsed from 180-4 to 251 all out and were then dispatched around the park by David Warner (112) and Chris Rogers (54), who put on 157 for the opening wicket to help the Aussies establish a 369-run lead by the close in Perth.

England are now facing a mammoth task to avoid falling 3-0 behind in the series and thus lose the Ashes, and Vaughan has slammed the under-performing players for their continued first-innings failures.

"For the third match in a row, Australia have had no pressure whatsoever in the second innings," he told BBC Sport. "Rogers and Warner might as well have gone out with flip-flops and cigars.

"This has been a dreadful, dreadful day for English cricket. It is never easy when you are watching a team that has this much talent play to this standard. They are frazzled.

"Matt Prior is a pivotal member of this team but you can tell that his poor batting is affecting his keeping now. The dressing-room now will be the worst place in the world."

Vaughan was skipper of the England team that won the urn for the first time in 18 years in 2005.

Australian batsman David Warner celebrates making his 100 runs on the third day of the third Ashes cricket Test match against England in Perth on December 15, 2013
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