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ROOT HAD IT CUMMIN! SUNDAY MIRROR 08.09.2019 54 SMUULS THE ASHES: ENGLAND v AUSTRALIA SMUULS mirror.co.uk/sport 08.09.2019 FOURTH TEST OLD TRAFFORDWorld No1 bowler bowls Joe first ball to leave us needing another miracle.

Byline: NEIL SQUIRES at Old Trafford

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

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 it all to do to scramble a draw on the final day.

England chased down a 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 is crossing his fingers that lightning will strike twice.

"It's a big challenge. It will take a couple of guys to make good hundreds but, as we saw in the last Test, anything's possible.

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

"They believe they are good enough to go out there put in a good performance, bat 98 overs and save the game.

"When you lose a couple of wickets like that near the close of play it is pretty disappointing but we are pretty upbeat about what we might do tomorrow.

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

w. t ttack howed "We know it is going to be difficult on this wicket against this attack but as Ben Stokes showed in the last Test match it can be done and we have to believe in ourselves."

A win would guarantee the Ashes stay in Australian hands for the first time since Steve Waugh's side followed up their win in England in 2001 with a serie he ce 's d n 01 es victory in Australia two years later.

With a rain-free forecast, England cannot rely on any help from the weather today and the picture looks bleak - especially with Cummins on fire.

Sky Sports: "It was always the plan to have a couple of overs tonight and it feels like there's enough in the wicket if you get it up there nice and full." He added: "We just need one big final push now tomorrow."

Eng-land narrowly avoided the follow-on yesterday but with a 196-run first innings deficit they were in a corner. A spirited new ball burst from Stuart Broad and Jofra Archer in de co sp SAreduced Australia to 44-4 but England's nemesis Steve Smith returned to haunt them again with an off-the-wall 82 off 92 balls to set up a declaration.

Cummins hailed the contribution of Smith. He said: "None of us really expected the innings that Smithy went out there with. He was incredible."

After their fast start last night - the ball from Cummins that dismissed Root was a beauty - Australia need another eight wickets to retain the Ashes. On a wearing pitch, they're nearly there.

Smith fired a warning to the England batsmen. He said: "I think it will be difficult tomorrow - particularly while the ball is hard. When you bowl a good length there is enough up and down and sideways movement.

"Patty hit it beautifully tonight.

That ball to Root is a blueprint of what we need to do first thing in the morning and let the pitch do its thing.

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

SCOREBOARD England v Australia (Day 4 of 5, Today 11am) EMIRATES OLD TRAFFORD: England, with eight second-innings wickets in hand, require 365 runs to beat Australia AUSTRALIA: First Innings 497-8 dec. (Smith 211, Labuschagne 67, Paine 58, Starc 54no) ENGLAND: First Innings (Overnight 200-5) B Stokes c Smith b Starc 26 J Bairstow b Starc 17 J Buttler b Cummins 41 J Archer c Paine b Cummins 1 S Broad b Starc 5 M Leach not out 4 B4 lb11 w5 nb4 24 Total (107 overs) 301 Fall: 10, 25, 166, 175, 196, 228, 243, 256, 283. Bowling: Starc 22-7-80-3, Hazlewood 25-6-57-4, Cummins 24-6-60-3, Lyon 36-4-89-0. AUSTRALIA: Second Inns D Warner lbw Broad 0 M Harris lbw Broad 6 M Labuschagne lbw Archer 11 S Smith c Stokes b Leach 82 T Head b Archer 12 M Wade c Bairstow b Archer 34 T Paine not out 23 M Starc not out 3 B5 lb2 w7 nb1 15 Total (6 wkts., dec 42.5 overs) 186 Fall: 0, 16, 24, 44, 149, 158. Bowling: Broad 14-4-54-2, Archer 14-2-45-3, Overton 5.5-1-22-0, Leach 9-0-58-1. ENGLAND: Second InnsR Burns c Head b Cummins 0 J Denly not out 10 J Root b Cummins 0 J Roy not out 8 0Total (2 wkts., 7 overs) 18 Fall: 0, 0. Bowling: Cummins 3-1-8-2, Hazlewood 2-1-0, Lyon 1-0-5-0, Starc 1-0-3-0. Umpires: H Dharmasena & M Erasmus.

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THAT HURTS Rory Burns trudges off after being caught for a duck

AUSSIES RULE Pat Cummins clean bowls Joe Root and (left) Steve Smith salutes yet another half-century

Aussies celebrate after Pat Cummins grabs two wickets in successive balls PAT IS TWO GOOD
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