Head coach Trevor Bayliss says England will take inspiration from their Headingley heroics as they attempt to conserve the Ashes in Old??Trafford.
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The hosts need to create something to keep the series 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, having to bat three sessions to escape with a draw.
It’s a tall order, but with memories of Ben Stokes‘ stunning match-winning trillion in Leeds that a fortnight ago England will not throw the towel .
Bayliss said:“it is a significant challenge but we’ve got two men around who are extremely good players and we’ve certainly got a few gamers at the sheds that can create hundreds.
„It will take a few of our guys to produce excellent countless but, as we saw in the last Test, anything you can.
„I’m always positive, I believe we can do it. We have had a chat from the room, we’re certainly not going out believing it is all over. They think they’re good enough to bat for 98 overs and rescue the match.“
As they lost captain Joe Root and opener Rory Burns without a run on the plank, england made a dreadful start in their rearguard actions. Joe Denly and Jason Roy are the men to restart on Sunday.
Bayliss is confident from the batsmen and points to Stokes‘ epic efforts as evidence of what can be gained.
He explained:“It probably provides the rest of the guys belief, that if one guy can do it someone else can do it as well.
„We’ve already spoken about who’s going to put their hand up and become the hero tomorrow. We know it is going to be tough work, but we are heading out there with the aim to do this“
Australia have got themselves in a powerful position on account of the functionality of Steve Smith.
Smith hit a century in the first innings and then followed with 82 – unexpectedly his lowest score of the series in five innings – as Australia set their target by posting.
Smith stated:“When it is tough you want your seasoned players to step up. A lot of cricket and I’ve played with . I like to get in those situations and attempt to be the one to select the team.
„I managed to create a excellent partnership with Matty Wade, ideally one that puts us up for this game.“
Australia should take eight wickets on Sunday to win the game and claim the Ashes. Next week, a 2-1 series lead will fasten the urn at the Oval.
Smith said:“For us it is pretty clear what we need to do – quicks hit a fantastic span, Gazza (Nathan Lyon) struck on the tough as much as possible.
„It is just about relaxing and going out and enjoying it hopefully executing our abilities enough to bowl England out tomorrow.“
Watch the day five of their fourth Test between Australia and England on Sky Sports The Ashes from 10am.
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