Head coach Trevor Bayliss says as they attempt to conserve the Ashes at Old 23, England will take inspiration from their Headingley heroics.
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The hosts again will have to create something to help keep the show alive as they go to the final day of the fourth Test against Australia.
England reached the close on 18-2, chasing a 383 to win or, more realistically, needing to bat three sessions to escape with a draw.
It is a tall order, but with all memories of Ben Stokes’ stunning match-winning trillion in Leeds a fortnight ago England won’t throw the towel .
Bayliss said:”It’s a major challenge but we have got two guys around who are extremely good players and we’ve certainly got a few players at the sheds who can make hundreds.
“It will take a few of our men to make fantastic countless however, as we found in the last Test, anything you can.
“I’m always positive, I believe we could do it. We have had a chat from the living area, we’re certainly not going out believing it’s all over. They believe they are good enough to bat for 98 overs and rescue the match.”
England made a start as they dropped captain Joe Root and opener Rory Burns with no run on the board. Jason Roy and joe Denly will be the men to resume on Sunday.
Bayliss is confident from the batsmen remaining and points to Stokes’ efforts of what can be gained, as evidence.
He explained:”It probably provides the rest of the guys belief, that if a single guy can do it somebody else can perform it also.
“We’ve talked about who is going to put their hand and become the protagonist tomorrow. We know it’s going to be hard work, but we’re heading out there with the intention to accomplish this”
Australia have gotten themselves in such a position largely due to the performance of Steve Smith.
Smith hit a century in the first innings and then followed with 82 – remarkably his lowest score of the show – by posting 186-6 39, as Australia put their goal.
Smith stated:”When it is tough you want your experienced players to measure. I have played with quite a great deal of cricket now. I like to have in those situations and attempt to be the one to select through the team.
“I was able to create a great venture with Matty Wade, ideally one that sets us up for this match ”
Australia should take eight wickets on Sunday to win the game and claim the Ashes. Next week a 2-1 series lead would fasten the urn regardless of the lead to the final Test at the Oval.
Smith said:”It is pretty clear what we will need to do – quicks reach a good length, Gazza (Nathan Lyon) struck on the rough as much as possible.
“It is merely about relaxing and going outside and enjoying it and hopefully executing our skills enough to bowl England out tomorrow.”
See the day five of the fourth Test between Australia and England from 10am on Sky Sports The Ashes.