England are staring down the barrel of an Ashes series loss following another chastening day in Old Trafford that renders them on the verge of defeat heading to the fifth and final day…
Pat Cummins took 2 wickets to leave Australia requiring eight wickets to win the Test and retain the Ashes following the following remarkable knock from Steve Smith at Old Trafford, writes Sam Drury.
SCORECARD | AS IT HAPPENED
The world No 1 Test batsman created 82 before holing out off Jack Leach since the traffic announced on 186-6 to set the side of Joe Root a victory target of 383.
Cummins eliminated Root from the first and Rory Burns over as England’s chances of rescuing the match plummeted with the hosts, in the final stages of the eventful day in Manchester.
Joe Root bowled first ball into the perfect shipping, projecting in lineup angling in and nipping away to clip the top of off-stump.
England’s hopes of carrying out for a draw to save the Test and choose the series into a decider at The Oval next week surely rested with their skipper however, put into face a tricky half-hour session prior to stumps, the hosts lost their two top-scorers from the first innings to consecutive deliveries.
Prior to cleaning Root up with the next cummins first eliminated Rory Burns chunk to a top edge. He is the world’s # 1 Evaluation bowler for a motive.
The same one that has mastered the series so much: how can you buy Steve Smith outside? After five innings, 671 runs, a 134.20 average, five scores of at least fiftyfive, three of which countless, England are still very much not one the wiser.
Even after an excellent hour and a half of the ball in the rear end of the day session, one that saw the hosts briefly battle their way back into the Exam – reducing Australia into 44-4 in their second innings – Smith nevertheless couldn’t be changed.
Stuart Broad bowled another amazing opening spell, although Jofra Archer was back to bowling at blistering pace however, bar the strange play and overlook, Smith survived into tea and then rocketed throughout the gears at the day before dying for 82, holing out in the deep off Jack Leach, in helping set up Australia’s announcement.
David Gower on Root’s dismissal:”Oh, my word, what kind of delivery that is! Pat Cummins and Australia absolutely in their finest. We speak often, players talk about it, it is talked about by coaches. It’s the perfect delivery; goal for the top off, hit the top off, with just enough motion to win against the bat – that the complete ideal for virtually any bowler, and a body blow to the whole England team.”
Nasser Hussain on England’s afternoon fightback:”You see the personality of a side when they’re down, which hour and a half [earlier java ], England revealed that. They were done and dusted, out of this match, they fought their way in and with only 1 outcome possible. Jofra Archer and Stuart Broad, in particular, were Fantastic.”
Michael Holding on a legside plan to Smith:”Six men about the on-side bowling to Smith? You’re just allowed nine fielders and you would have to have a slide and a third man, leaving you 1 man to patrol the whole area from point to mid-off, whether is on the top of off-stump. He’d better be Usain Bolt but also a marathon runner to get enough power to do so. That is why I say ridiculous.”
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