Head coach Trevor Bayliss says as they try to save the Ashes at Old 23, England will take inspiration from their Headingley heroics.
SCORECARD | AS IT HAPPENED
The hosts again will need to generate something special to help keep the series alive as they head into the final day of the fourth Test against Australia.
England reached the close on 18-2, 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 all memories of Ben Stokes’ stunning hundred in Leeds a fortnight ago England won’t throw the towel .
Bayliss said:”It’s a significant challenge but we have got two guys around who are extremely good players and we’ve certainly got some gamers at the sheds that can create hundreds.
“It will take a few of our guys to produce superior hundreds but, as we saw in the previous Test, anything you can.
“I am always convinced, I think we could take action. We have had a chat in the living area, we’re definitely not going out believing it over. They believe they are good enough for 98 overs and save the match.”
England made a dreadful start since they lost opener Rory Burns and ruler Joe Root with no run on the plank. Joe Denly and Jason Roy are the guys to restart on Sunday.
Bayliss is confident from the batsmen and points to Stokes’ epic efforts of what could be achieved as proof.
He said:”It probably provides the rest of the guys opinion, that if one guy can do it somebody else can do it also.
“We’ve already spoken about who’s going to put their hand up and become the hero tomorrow. We are aware that it is going to be difficult work, but we are heading out there with the aim to do that.”
Australia have gotten themselves into such a powerful position largely on account of the performance of Steve Smith.
Smith hit a century in the first innings and then followed up with 82 from the next – remarkably his lowest score of the show in five innings – by posting as their goal was put by Australia.
Smith said:”When it is tough you need your experienced players to step up. Quite a lot of cricket and I have played with . Attempt to be the one to take through the team and I like to get in these situations.
“I was able to form a excellent partnership with Matty Wade, ideally one which puts us up for this particular match .”
Australia should take eight wickets on Sunday to win the match and maintain the Ashes. Next week a 2-1 series lead would fasten the urn at the Oval.
Smith stated:”It is pretty clear what we will need to perform – quicks hit a good span, Gazza (Nathan Lyon) hit on the tough as far as possible.
“It’s simply about relaxing and going outside and enjoying it hopefully executing our skills enough to bowl England out tomorrow”
See the day five of the fourth Test between England and Australia from 10am on Sky Sports The Ashes.
Read more here: http://gremiummcbrake.de/?p=724