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By Stephan Shemilt
BBC Sport at Old Trafford
Rory Burns states England can save the Test against Australia and with it the Ashes.
The home side missing three wickets on day three to become 200-5 at Old Trafford, tracking the 497-8 announced by 297 runs of Australia.
“We have got some work, but it is clear what we will need to perform,” opener Burns explained.
“We’ve obtained some batters left at the hutch and we are just a few good partnerships from asking them to make a play”
He added:”We must examine the positive aspect and determine where we can get to.”
If England are defeated in Manchester, then Ashes holders Australia will be 2-1 up with a single game to play and assured of carrying the urn down beneath.
However, Burns, that produced 81 thinks England could draw on inspiration.
The home side needed 73 when Ben Stokes was united by number 11 guy Jack Leach in Headingley, only for Stokes’ 135 not out to lead them to their highest ever run-chase of all 358.
“The manner that game went, anything you can,” said Burns. “We are not that far behind. It’s about putting pressure back on them and playing well [Saturday].”
A stand of 141 between Burns and ruler Joe Root had helped England to 166-2, just to shoot three wickets for Australia.
“We’re pretty pleased with where we are in,” said Hazlewood. “There is plenty of cricket but we’re first focusing on taking the last five wickets in the first innings.”
Hazlewood’s fellow quick bowler Pat Cummins added:”We are pretty happy being 300 ahead. It was a difficult day of Test cricket. To find those three wickets overdue, we feel really at the match.”
England are 98 runs off from avoiding the follow-on but if they really do make Australia bat again, are most likely to face having to survive much of the day to secure a lure.
The forecast is improved for your weekend, although the weather has played a part on each of the first three times.
“England have to bat beyond bat and lunch into the afternoon session on Saturday,” former captain Michael Vaughan told Test Match Special. “If they could get to 350, they are taking overs out of this game that they’ll need to bat on Sunday. It’ll be the terrific escape.
“That is Australia’s game to lose.”
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