Poms mull options for must-win Ashes Test

England coach Trevor Bayliss is likely to stick with the same XI for the third Ashes Test, claiming they created "a few scars" for Australia to worry about.

Moeen Ali is expected to lead England against a Cricket Australia XI this weekend.

Moeen Ali is expected to lead England against a Cricket Australia XI this weekend.

England trail 2-0 in the five-Test series, meaning they will hand over the urn in if defeated in the Perth contest that starts next Thursday at the WACA.

Moeen Ali's offspin was largely ineffectual in both Brisbane and Adelaide; he's captured two wickets at 98 in the series.

Moeen is the only member of the Test side playing in a two-day tour game that starts in Perth on Saturday but the prospect of the allrounder, one of England's best batsmen, being dropped isn't on the cards.

Bayliss is confident the team that suffered a 120-run loss at Adelaide Oval can still shock their hosts.

Blooding uncapped legspinner Mason Crane is one option but it would mean axing either Craig Overton or Chris Woakes.

"I can't see any reason to change the team for the next Test. Woakes bowled well, as did the two experienced bowlers," Bayliss said.

"Overton bowled extremely well. He batted and fielded well too. He has a bit of fire in his belly which I like.

"Everyone has showed they have a bit of fight, they need to find it for longer.

"We have got a few scars there with the Australian team. There will be a few who have missed out and a few who will be nervous."

Moeen, who has been somewhat restricted recently by a side strain and cut spinning finger, will captain England against a Cricket Australia XI at Richardson Park in this weekend's game.

Crane and Jake Ball, who was dropped after struggling in the Ashes opener, will be among those trying to impress Bayliss. The tourists' XI will be topped up with players from England's A team.

"Mo will (play), having missed a couple of games through injury," Bayliss said.

"All the reserves will play and we will grab some Lions players.

"We have to be careful not to over-analyse and make sure the guys are not just physically rested but mentally too."

Overton copped a painful blow to the ribs while batting on Wednesday but Bayliss suggested the debutant was in no doubt for the third Test.

"His ribs are fine. He's a big fella, it'll take more than that to slow him down."

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