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By Stephan Shemilt
BBC Sport in Old Trafford
Rory Burns states England can save the fourth Test and with this the Ashes.
The home side missing three wickets to be 200-5 at Old Trafford, tracking Australia’s.
“We have got some work, but it’s clear what we need to perform,” opener Burns explained.
“We have obtained some batters left in the hutch and we are only a couple of great partnerships from requesting them to make a play”
He added:”We have to examine the positive aspect and see where we could reach.”
Ashes holders ensured of taking the urn back down under and Australia will be 2-1 up to play if England are beaten in Manchester.
But, Burns, who left 81 on Friday, believes England could draw inspiration from their victory in the third Test.
The home side desired 73 if Ben Stokes was joined by number 11 guy Jack Leach in Headingley, only for Stokes’ unbelievable 135 out not to direct them to their highest of all 358.
“The manner that game went, anything you can,” said Burns. “We’re not so far behind. It’s all about putting pressure back on them playing nicely tomorrow [Saturday].”
A stand of 141 involving ruler Joe Root and Burns had helped England for paceman Josh Hazlewood, only to 166-2 to take three late wickets for Australia.
“We’re pretty satisfied with where we are at,” said Hazlewood. “There’s plenty of cricket left, but we’re first concentrating on taking the previous five wickets in the first innings.”
Hazlewood’s fellow fast bowler Pat Cummins included:”We’re fairly happy being 300 ahead. It was a day of Test cricket. To get those 3 wickets late, we believe really in the game.”
England are 98 runs apart from avoiding the follow-on however if they do make Australia bat again, are likely to confront having to survive a lot of the final day to secure a draw.
The weather has played a part on each of the few times, but the forecast is enhanced for the weekend.
“England must bat beyond lunch and bat to the day session on Saturday,” former captain Michael Vaughan advised Test Match Special. “If they can get to 350, they are taking overs out of this game they’ll have to bat on Sunday. It will be the wonderful escape.
“That is Australia’s game to lose.”
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