Stuart Broad is refusing to give up on his and England’s Ashes campaign, despite a debilitating day for both at the WACA.
Broad had to leave the scene of England’s misery, where they ended day three of the third Test 369 runs behind, to have X-rays and scans on his right foot.
England’s front line pace bowler was unavailable while David Warner, 112, and Chris Rogers, 54, were piling on the agony for his teammates on the way to 235-3 at stumps.
Broad must wait until medical experts in England have assessed scans to decide his chances of playing in the last two Tests.
England’s Ashes prospects are perhaps in an even sorrier state after they lost their last six wickets for 61 to be bowled out for 251 and put themselves on course for a third successive defeat.
Should that transpire, far from initial hopes of winning a fourth successive Ashes series, the urn will already be gone at 3-0 down.
Broad hobbled into the close-of-play press conference on crutches, and wearing a conspicuous protective shoe, after being hit almost full on his right metatarsal by a Mitchell Johnson delivery which got him out lbw.
He insisted though, having left England’s famous Ashes victory down under mid-series because of injury three years ago, that he hopes he can stay the course this time.
Despite another bad day, Broad is still optimistic although it is extremely difficult finding anyone outside the camp who shares that optimism.
The 27-year-old does not accept, despite England’s perilous position, that the urn is already as good as lost.
“No, that’s certainly not the way we think,” he added.
“We’ve had numerous Tests over the past four years that we’ve managed to save when we had no right to.
“There is a lot of belief in that changing room that we’re certainly due a score.
“There’s a lot of guys with great Test records in there who haven’t delivered in this series so far and are desperate to.
“We know, if you keep working hard on your game, things change for you - and we’re hoping it does for us in the second innings.”
Australia, however, have every right to be very confident.
“I don’t think we could be in a better position, that’s for sure,” said Rogers.
“We aren’t taking anything for granted - but to finish day three 370 in front, that is position A.
“Today was amazing, as good as we have had in the Ashes so far.”
However, once they went from 180-4 overnight to 261 all out, conceding a lead of 124, England were up against and when Warner and Rogers posted their first century opening stand, England were in a familiar place - under the cosh.
Tim Bresnan got Rogers, Warner fell to Swann and Ben Stokes bowled Michael Clarke for 23 but at 235-3, Australia were once again in an overwhelimgly dominant position.