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By Jack Skelton
BBC Sport in Old Trafford
England need a person to”put their hand up and be the protagonist” to prevent Australia retaining the Ashes in Old Trafford, states coach Trevor Bayliss.
The hosts will resume on.
The five-match string is level at 1-1 following Ben Stokes’ incredible century gave England a stunning victory in the next Test at Headingley.
“I’m always positive – we could do it,” said Bayliss.
“We have already spoken about who’s going to put their hands up and be the hero.
“It is going to take a few of our men to produce fantastic hundreds however, as we found from the last Evaluation, anything will be possible.”
After England avoided the follow-on to be dismissed for 301, a shortage of Jofra Archer, Stuart Broad and 196 decreased Australia in a thrilling afternoon session to 44-4.
However, Steve Smith was in creating 82, putting on 105 with Matthew Wade masterful as Australia announced to put England a 383 for victory.
Pat Cummins removed Rory Burns and Joe Root in balls until Jason Roy and Joe Denly lived to the close.
“it is a significant challenge but we have got two great players on the market and we’ve got some men in the drop that can generate hundreds,” said Bayliss.
“If you lose a few wickets so near the conclusion of play it’s a little disappointing but we are pretty upbeat.
“Hopefully we could bat well, save the match and enjoy a beer afterwards.”
Former England captain Michael Vaughan said to salvage a draw the hosts needed a”miracle” on level with their exhilarating triumph in Leeds.
“To face that Australia attack on this pitch now for 98 overs, it is going to take an incredible innings,” he advised Test Match Special.
“You think it will have to be Ben Stokes again – he is the one player that seems composed and calm.
“There have not been a part of this England team who have came – it’s been individuals and human brilliance.”
Australia batsman Smith, who currently has 671 runs at an average of 134.2 inside this show, said his side will only keep”hitting the top of the stump length” to get the eight wickets that they require in order to retain the Ashes.
Cummins eliminated Root with a delivery which struck the top of off-stump and then abandoned the England captain for a duck.
“Cummins struck that span beautifully – which chunk into Root is a blueprint of what we will need to do,” Smith explained.
“It will be difficult for England, especially while the ball is still hard.
“I felt pretty vulnerable in my first 20 or even 30 balls when they had been bowling that great length and there is enough up and down and backward motion.”
Analysis and view from the BBC’s cricket correspondent.