DARREN FOREMAN: Stokes ton a rare highlight as Aussies dominate

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Finally England showed a little bit of steel and can take positives from young Ben Stokes’ superb century.

Stokes’ knock only slightly eases the pain of three very poor Test matches for England.

England's Ben Stokes celebrates scoring 100 not out during day five of the Third Test at the WACA ground, Perth, Australia. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Tuesday December 17, 2013. See PA story CRICKET England. Photo credit should read: Anthony Devlin/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: Editorial use only; Strictly no commercial use; No transmission of sound or moving images;  No use with any unofficial third party logos. Call +44 (0)1158 447447 for further information.

England's Ben Stokes celebrates scoring 100 not out during day five of the Third Test at the WACA ground, Perth, Australia. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Tuesday December 17, 2013. See PA story CRICKET England. Photo credit should read: Anthony Devlin/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: Editorial use only; Strictly no commercial use; No transmission of sound or moving images; No use with any unofficial third party logos. Call +44 (0)1158 447447 for further information.

The performances have been poor, especially with the bat and they’ve never really got themselves into any of the matches and have ended up chasing the games.

Michael Carberry has looked reasonably solid opening up, and Ian Bell has had a few starts and looked good in the process.

Other than Stokes, there really is very little to take from this series.

The bowling has looked very ordinary and the batting even less impressive.

Still, you have to be as positive as possible and I like to think England will buckle down and make Australia work a lot harder for the last two Test matches.

Whether or not we can get a win from those two and make the scoreline look at least a little bit more respectable is another matter though.

I think most people would take a draw from the next Test to stop the rot and then look to win the last match.

The managerial merry-go-round is in full swing again with people leaving clubs left, right and centre.

Andre Villas Boas and Steve Clarke were the latest to lose their jobs after their respective chairmen hit the panic button following bad results.

I think both are harsh sackings to be honest.

Villas Boas lost one of the best players around in Gareth Bale and it was always going to take time for the new batch of players to gel and adapt.

The amount of points Bale won them last season is only being highlighted this year and Daniel Levy has decided to let the former Chelsea man go.

Steve Clarke has been a victim of his own success last season at West Brom.

They overachieved last season and have struggled a bit more this year and have missed Romelu Lukaku, who scored a lot of important goals last season.

I played my first competitive game of football since 2001 on Saturday when I helped out Cayton against Edgehill Reserves.

The main reason for having a run-out was that I have never had the chance to play alongside my son Curtis.

It was great to be able to play in the same team as him and be able to help him out.

I played 65 minutes at centre-back and he was left-back, so I enjoyed it.

I am a bit stiff now, but I enjoyed it and might play again.

PERFORMANCE OF THE WEEK:

Despite how bad Spurs were, Liverpool were outstanding and didn’t let their hosts get into the game at all.

QUOTE OF THE WEEK:

“No matter how excited I try to sound my voice still sounds incredibly boring but I’m actually incredibly excited right now! That’s just my voice - I’m sorry.”

Andy Murray.