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Each of the tourists' five main bowlers went for more than a hundred runs in Perth

This is a record England's attack will not have wanted to be anywhere near.

On Sunday, the tourists' five-man bowling unit became just the eighth combination in history to go for more than a hundred runs each in an innings.

Jimmy Anderson, Stuart Broad, Chris Woakes, Craig Overton and Moeen Ali all conceded three figures during Australia's first innings in the third Ashes Test at the WACA as the hosts' batsmen gave their side the best possible chance to win the series with two matches still to play.

It is the third time a five-pronged English attack has managed the feat - with the previous two occasions coming against the Aussies in Cardiff in 2009 and West Indies at Lord's in 1973.

Unfortunately for Anderson and Broad, the formidable pair are the only bowlers to make the list twice.

The most recent example came at Hyderabad in February, when India put Bangladesh's attack to the sword in accumulating 656 for six.

England have endured a difficult time in Perth

The remaining members of the ignominious club are West Indies (against Australia at Kingston in 1955), Zimbabwe (against Sri Lanka at Bulawayo in 2004 and Australia in Perth in 2003) and New Zealand (against Australia in Brisbane in 1993).

That means the Aussies have inflicted the damage on all bar three occasions.

Worringly for the current England team, only one side has ever avoided defeat after having five bowlers go for centuries.

However, the team to have battled back to sneak a draw did included Anderson and Broad. At Sophia Gardens eight years ago, Anderson and Monty Panesar produced a famous rearguard effort to prevent defeat.

Having scored 435 in their first innings, England watched on as four Aussie batsmen made hundreds in their reply of 674 for six.

After a top-order collapse second time around, the hosts managed to hang on for a draw as Anderson and Panesar survived 69 deliveries to help England to 252 for nine when time ran out.

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