Woakes and England looking to learn from Australia

Chris Woakes said England must press home the advantage, just like Australia has done, to salvage some pride from the Ashes.

Chris Woakes has taken six wickets in the three Tests so far.   -  AFP

All-rounder Chris Woakes said England should take a leaf from Australia's book as the embattled tourist looks to avoid an Ashes sweep.

England has already lost the coveted urn to Australia but Joe Root's men – trailing 3-0 – still have plenty to play for in the next two Tests, at the MCG and SCG.

It has been a forgettable tour for England, which has failed to build on promising starts throughout the three Tests so far, while Steve Smith's Australia has made the most of the meek displays from the English.

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"Where we can learn from Australia is in those situations they've taken it and made sure they don't let their foot off the throat," he said.

"We need to make sure we do that and take those chances. I know we're 3-0 down but we want to try to make sure that we come away from this series 3-2. We know we're going to have to play better cricket."

England will face Australia at the MCG without fast bowler Craig Overton, who is sidelined with a rib injury.

The last time England was swept in Australia was in 2013-14