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From Stephan Shemilt
BBC Sport in Old Trafford
England face a battle to save the Ashes after Australia took three wickets on the third evening of the fourth Test at Old Trafford.
Josh Hazlewood eliminated Joe Root Rory Burns and Jason Roy to leave the house side 200-5 297 behind Australia’s 497-8 declared.
England were making progress when Root and Burns added 141 to the third wicket.
However, Hazlewood backed a great to possess Burns fencing to slide for 81 trapped Root lbw for 71 up.
England had lost three wickets for 30 runs when Roy’s centre stump has been removed.
Jonny Bairstow and ben Stokes were together when bad light stopped play around 45 minutes early, in order to avoid defeat with England needing to bat for much of Saturday and Sunday.
If they neglect Ashes holders assured of keeping the urn and Australia will be 2-1 up with one Test to perform.
England are unlikely to have the rain that delayed play before 13:30 BST on Friday’s advantage – the weather forecast is clear to the weekend.
Faced with a massive total, England arrived knowing that any sort of batting recession in their second or first innings will ship the urn back down beneath.
For such a long time, Burns and Root were defiant from Hazlewood and Cummins particularly. While Root came through a young examination from Nathan Lyon the ball peppered burns.
They had been given more vocal assistance from an Old Trafford crowd still having to shiver throughout the cold – following his fumble in the end of England’s thrilling third-Test triumph at Headingley, while Lyon came in for routine taunting each run was renowned.
Australia had to combat with the states that faced England’s bowlers for much of the initial two weeks – not merely the wind, but also the placid pitch.
That they tested the batsmen would be to their credit, and also the tourists deserved the overdue success of Hazlewood.
It moved them a step closer to retaining the Ashes, in case the remainder will replicate the battling qualities of Burns and Root, but England could take the contest to The Oval.
There were just a few indications of frustration when it looked as their efforts would be wasted, creeping in to the tourists.
Between slip David Warner and keeper Tim Paine, Root edged Through an electric 10-over bout from Cummins both sides of tea on 54 and, in the next over, Australia wasted a review using a wishful lbw appeal against exactly the same man.
Whereas Cummins was luckless, his replacement Hazlewood was incisive.
He got one to move that the left-hander edged at second slide and followed, then captured you to scuttle that the Root that was trapped did not bother to critique.
The order had moved down after launching in the first three Tests and had been in no place to play with one that reunite, pushing hard about the walk along with his toes and with his palms. It left Hazlewood with 4-48, having eliminated nightwatchman Craig Overton in the second over of the afternoon.
This was Australia’s momentum, it seems likely they would have done more harm had the mild not shut .
England were under pressure when Root joined Burns By 23-1 with Overton and immediately adding two to his successive three.
The pace bowler was repelled by burns, Root needed his box broken by a blow from Mitchell Starc and also engaged in a battle of wits.
When they warmed to the job, runs were gathered, Lyon fell brief and especially when Starc was wayward.
Burns and Root scored square of the wicket on either side. While Burns has almost 100 runs over most the other openers at the series combined root followed his half-century in the next innings at Headingley.
Even though Burns’ dismissal triggered the late downturn, England have been transferred into a situation from where they ought to get the 98 runs they will need to avoid the follow-on.
By the day’s conclusion, there have been several symptoms of this ball starting to keep low, adding a further complication to save the game.
England opener Rory Burns on BBC Test Match Special:»It is not perfect, losing these wickets, however the way we battled through the afternoon, we are in a decent position.
«Test cricket is Test cricket and it was hard occasionally. I found a way and that’s probably my batting’s process.
«It’s about partnerships, now. We are in a struggle and it’s very clear what we will need to do come tomorrow.»
Former England captain Michael Vaughan:»This is Australia’s game to lose. England need to bat into the afternoon session beyond lunch and they’re taking overs out of the game that they’ll need to bat on Sunday when they could reach 350. It will be the wonderful escape.»
«That Pat Cummins charm was likely the best of the show and the truth is, Rory Burns survived that charm. That should give him a large quantity of confidence. Each and every person that loves Test cricket would admire what Cummins made for his group today.»
Australia bowler Pat Cummins:»The ball started to zip about and that I felt in the game. It was not to be for me personally. This takes wickets at the other end away and makes me happy when Josh comes on. He’d say,’I owe you for that’.
«We’re fairly happy being 300 ahead. It was a tough day of Test cricket. To find those 3 wickets overdue, we feel really at the game.»
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