CRAIG Overton has retained his place for the third Ashes Test, with the tourists naming an unchanged side for the crunch encounter in Perth.

The 23-year-old impressed with his all-round display on debut in Adelaide last week and will be hoping to help England back into the series at 2-0 down with three Tests to play.

In the only slight change to the team, Jonny Bairstow has been promoted above Moeen Ali in the batting order - the wicketkeeper will bat at six, with Ali dropping down to seven.

The announcement of an unchanged side comes as little surprise, with calls for a reshuffle of the batting line-up ignored - perhaps given the relative lack of quality in the batting reserves and the fact Gary Ballance is left-handed, given Nathan Lyon's joy against such batsmen in the first two Tests.

Alastair Cook is to play his 150th Test (on the same ground on which he played his 100th) and will be eager to set the tone with the bat after a lean start to the series.

Bowling wise, Overton has deservedly kept his place despite the return to fitness of Durham's Mark Wood, who came through a tour match unscathed over the weekend.

The Somerset man will be looking to exploit the notorious bounce on offer at the WACA to build on his fine introduction to the international arena.

The third Test gets underway at 2.30am tomorrow morning (Thursday).

England XI for the third Test: Alastair Cook, Mark Stoneman, James Vince, Joe Root (c), Dawid Malan, Jonny Bairstow (wk), Moeen Ali, Chris Woakes, Craig Overton, Stuart Broad, James Anderson.