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From Stephan Shemilt
BBC Sport in Old Trafford
Rory Burns says England can save the Test and also this the Ashes.
The home side missing three wickets on day three to become 200-5 in Old Trafford, tracking the 497-8 declared by 297 runs of Australia.
“We’ve got some work, but it is clear exactly what we need to do,” opener Burns said.
“We have 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 look at the positive aspect and also see where we could get to.”
Ashes holders assured of taking the urn down under and Australia will probably soon be 2-1 up to play, if England are defeated in Manchester.
But, Burns, who produced 81 on Friday, thinks England will draw inspiration.
73 was had by the home side if Ben Stokes was united by number 11 final man Jack Leach in Headingley, only for Stokes’ 135 not out to direct them to their greatest of all 358.
“The manner that match moved, anything is possible,” said opener Burns. “We are not so far behind. It’s all about putting pressure back on them and playing well tomorrow [Saturday].”
A stand of 141 involving Burns and ruler Joe Root had helped England to 166-2, just for paceman Josh Hazlewood to shoot wickets for Australia.
“We’re pretty satisfied with where we are in,” said Hazlewood. “There’s a lot of cricket left, but we are first focusing on taking the previous five wickets in the first innings.”
Hazlewood’s fellow fast bowler Pat Cummins included:”We are pretty happy being 300 ahead. It was a day of Test cricket. To find those three wickets late, we believe really in the game.”
England are 98 runs away from preventing the follow-on butif they really do make Australia bat again, are most likely to face having to endure a lot of the final day to secure a draw.
The prediction is enhanced for your weekend, although the weather has played a role on each of the three times.
“England have to bat beyond lunch and bat to the afternoon session on Saturday,” former priest Michael Vaughan advised Test Match Special. “If they could access 350, they are taking overs out of the game that they’ll have to bat on Sunday. It will be the great escape.
“That really is Australia’s game to lose.”
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