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Paceman Pat set to deliver Ashes glory for Aussies; CRICKET.

Byline: Jim Holden

England will have to pull another great escape they are to take the Ashes distance after being on the canvas by Pat Cummins at Old Trafford.

Set an improbable second innings victory target of 383 by Australia last night, they lost Rory Burns and Joe Root to successive balls in the world No.1 bowler's opening over and have all to do to scramble a draw on the final day.

England chased down record 359 to win at Headingley last week but after the calamitous start, which left them 18-2 at the close, it will take another sporting miracle to reach The Oval next week still level in the series.

England coach Trevor Bayliss said: "It will take couple of guys to make good hundreds but as saw in the last Test anything's possible.

"I'm always positive and think we can do it. We're certainly not going out there thinking it's all over.

"Losing a couple of wickets near the close of play is disappointing but we're pretty upbeat about what we might do tomorrow.

"We've already spoken about who's going to put their hand up and be the hero tomorrow.

"We know it's going to difficult on this wicket against this attack but Ben Stokes showed in last Test match it can done and we have to believe in ourselves."

A win would guarantee the Ashes stay in Aussie hands for the first time since Steve Waugh's side followed up their triumph in England in 2001 with a home series victory two years later.

With no rain forecast, the picture looks bleak England- especially with Cummins on fire.

The Aussie speedster said: "They're coming out all right at the moment. feeling okay. One big final push tomorrow."

England narrowly avoided the follow-on but with a 196-run first-innings deficit they were in a corner.

A new-ball burst from Stuart Broad and Jofra Archer reduced Australia to 44-4 but England's nemesis Steve Smith returned to haunt them again with 82 off 92 balls to set up a declaration.

After their fast start last night, with the ball that dismissed Root first ball a beauty, Australia need another eight wickets to retain the Ashes.

But Smith said: "It will be difficult - particularly while the ball is hard.

"Patty hit it beautifully tonight. That ball to Root is a blueprint of what we need to do first thing and let the pitch do its thing.

"It's about relaxing and enjoying it and hopefully executing our skills well enough to win the game."

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