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Australia in command at Old Trafford

7th September 2019, 20:31 by Tom Hill

England's hopes of saving the Ashes are under threat after they lost two wickets on day four against Australia at Old Trafford.

The hosts ended their first innings on 301, with Rory Burns the top scorer on 81, which gave the Aussies a massive 196-run advantage. England's fans were then given hope of another unlikely salvage job as Australia were reduced to 44-4 in the second session of day four.

David Warner was dismissed for 0 while Marcus Harris, Marnus Labuschagne and Travis Head also disappointed with the bat.

Australia were pulled away from trouble once again by Steven Smith, with the world's number one batsman scoring a quick-fire 82.

The tourists declared on 186-6, with 30 mins remaining in the final session.

England were set a target of 383 runs to win, but they lost Burns and Joe Root after two superb successive balls from Pat Cummins.

Joe Denly and Jason Roy showed some resistance to help England reach 18-2, and coach Trevor Bayliss is refusing to give up hope.

He told BBC Test Match Special: "Anything is possible. We saw that in the last Test match.

"We spoke about last week about who will put their hand up and be remembered. We are pretty upbeat about what we might be able to do tomorrow. Hopefully, we bat well, save the game and enjoy a beer after.

"We already had a chat. Everyone is psyched to go out tomorrow and be the one or two guys who go out and score a hundred."

This article originated on sportinastorm.com

Tom Hill offers a strong insight into football and rugby league, whilst also having a good knowledge of several other sports including boxing, horse racing and American Football.

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