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By Stephan Shemilt
BBC Sport at Old Trafford
Exactly on from their past one, England will request another day.
So as to save the Ashes, an urn they have been desperately clinging on to for so long that their palms have no 29, they do so again and the nails are ripped from the beds.
A fortnight ago it was win or bust. There was also too much time left at the Test in order for it to be drawn. England pulled off a, or else they had been defeated.
In Old Trafford, there will be no pursuit, no Ben Stokes endangering spectators with mighty sixes, as they snatch defeat from the jaws of victory no Australians staring blankly into the distance.
It will be about survival – 98 overs of backs-to-the-wall, over-my-dead-body repulsion of three fast bowlers and a scheming off-spinner who will feel like he owes his team an Ashes-winning moment.
Mere job of the crease, as opposed to attempting to win the match, was the magnitude of the task even before the overdue carnage of Saturday, when England’s two greatest scorers of their very first innings – Rory Burns and Joe Root – were removed in Sunday’s equation by successive Pat Cummins deliveries.
At that point, England were two wickets down for fewer runs than the counterparts were about goals in Wembley.
A Old Trafford crowd which had been treated to a day which was almost the series in microcosm was silenced by Even the drama. It was a best hits, except for Stokes.
There were times when wickets tumbled along with also the pace bowlers of both sides seemed irresistible.
Because Jonny Bairstow is always bowled jonny Bairstow was bowled. His stumps aren’t a fortress however the hooks in a bowling alley, spending time knocked over than they’re upright.
Since Stuart Broad consistently gets David Warner, David Warner was obtained by stuart Broad. Six days in eight innings. Broad has created Warner his rabbit – he feed him his and should keep him.
Because they will constantly taunt Nathan Lyon the England fans taunted Nathan Lyon. From the celebration rack, cricket’s equivalent of a nightclub only with laminate flooring, it might have been necessary to put on three layers for the times that the sun dipped behind a blur, but that didn’t stop Lyon being mocked every time he grabbed the ball.
His Headingley fumble might still haunts lyon – that he hasn’t taken – but on the occasion in this series that England tried to bat through a day that was last, it had been Lyon who breathed out them.
And, obviously, Steve Smith produced runs since Steve Smith makes runs.
Yesthere were instances when Broad and Jofra Archer were flooding England fans with belief, to the point which every conversation seemed to end with”when we can only get Smith out”.
But Smith doesn’t get out. Not , anyhow. And his sense of occasion failed him. Smith love of batting has been that the refusal of a second of party whereas the allowance of one tiny mistake or error of conclusion would have sent Old Trafford, Greater Manchester and the nation into rapture.
In reality, since he moved through the gears, he demonstrated he is maddening ticks, umpteen nudges off cover drives and the pads that his footwork has to let.
In a single Archer over, he performed with a short-arm pull just like a guy whose arms were being operated by a puppeteer, followed up with a geometry-bending late cut to a delivery which has been over the leg stump and ended with an overarm smash at a bouncer that could have been a guy playing tennis with a frying pan.
At the frivolity of it all he holed out his lowest score of the series, to 82, and looked livid with himself. The announcement came shortly after, enabling the combination that amuses Burns and Root to be delivered by Cummins.
Only England haven’t been really good at rescuing Test matches. The last time they batted through a last day to save a match Sir Alex Ferguson Smith had to earn a Test slew and Sam Curran was just 14.
They had to do it rather frequently. Matt Prior at Dunedin in Auckland and also Steven Finn on the 2013 tour of New Zealand. Graham Onions twice in South Africa at 2009-10.
Monty Panesar in Cardiff and James Anderson is a decade past this past year, if they want Ashes inspiration.
To the way the 2005 Australians defied England about the day that thousands were locked outside To get something on this floor, they can look.
And just imagine when they pull it off. A finale at The Oval that this summer of all summers genuinely deserves.
Analysis and opinion from the BBC’s cricket correspondent.