Head coach Trevor Bayliss says England will take inspiration from their Headingley heroics as they attempt to conserve the Ashes.
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The hosts will need to create something to help keep the show alive as they go into the last day of the fourth Test against Australia.
England reached the close on 18-2 on Saturday, 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 opinions of Ben Stokes’ stunning hundred in Leeds a fortnight ago England will not throw the towel .
Bayliss said:”It’s a major challenge but we’ve got two men out there who are extremely good players and we’ve certainly got some players at the sheds that can make hundreds.
“It’ll take a few of our guys to earn excellent hundreds however, as we saw in the previous Test, anything you can.
“I’m always positive, I think we can take action. We have had a conversation in the living area, we’re definitely not going out believing it is all over. They believe they are good enough to bat for 98 overs and rescue the game.”
England made a start in their actions since they lost opener Rory Burns and captain Joe Root with no run on the plank. Joe Denly and Jason Roy are the guys to resume on Sunday morning.
Bayliss is convinced in the batsmen staying and points to Stokes’ efforts of what can be achieved, as evidence.
He said:”It probably gives the remaining guys belief, that if one man can do it somebody else can perform it also.
“We’ve already spoken about who’s going to put their hand and be the protagonist tomorrow. We are aware that it’s going to be hard work, but we are going out there with the aim to do that.”
Australia have got themselves into such a position due to Steve Smith’s performance.
Smith hit a century in the first innings and then followed up with 82 in the next – unexpectedly his lowest score of the show in five innings – as Australia put their goal by posting.
Smith said:”When it is demanding you want your experienced players to step up. I’ve played with quite a great deal of cricket now. I love to have in these scenarios and attempt to be the one to select through the team.
“I managed to create a excellent partnership with Matty Wade, ideally one which sets us up with this particular match .”
Australia need to take eight wickets on Sunday to win the match and maintain the Ashes. Next week Since the holders, a 2-1 series lead would secure the urn whatever the result in the last Test at the Oval.
Smith stated:”For us it is pretty clear what we need to do – quicks hit a fantastic length, Gazza (Nathan Lyon) hit the tough as much as possible.
“It’s simply about relaxing and going out and enjoying it and hopefully executing our skills well enough to bowl England out tomorrow”
Watch the day five of the fourth Test between Australia and England on Sky Sports The Ashes from 10am.
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