Perth: In a stat among stats for a sport which places extraordinary value on centuries and numbers, opposing captains Michael Clarke and Alastair Cook will each earn their 100th Test caps in the third Ashes match of the series.
Clarke's Australian team leads the five-Test series 2-0 and is hoping to regain the Ashes in Perth. Cook's team has won the past three Ashes series but after going through a year without defeat, has suddenly slumped to back-to-back defeats in this series. (Cook's brain is scrambled: Boycott)
Understandably both players will therefore put more emphasis on their teams, but the coinciding hundreds warrant attention. (Aussie media write off England)