Head saves Australia, however benefit nonetheless with England

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A swashbuckling Travis Head has stored Australia within the third Ashes Take a look at, earlier than England went to stumps on day three at 0-27 in pursuit of 251 for victory.

Requested to bat after tea following a prolonged rain delay that washed out the primary two classes, Australia misplaced six wickets in 20.1 overs to be all out for 224 at Headingley.

England have been have been capable of survive the 5 overs to stumps on Saturday night time and get the goal right down to 224, with Zak Crawley on 9 and Ben Duckett 18.

Australia have already burned a evaluation after they thought Crawley edged Mitchell Starc down legside, whereas a nick additionally landed simply in entrance of Steve Smith on the next ball.

However the scenario might have been far worse for an Australian aspect aiming to wrap up the Ashes with victory, if not for Head.

Enjoying a Ben Stokes-like innings, the counter-attacking left-hander managed the strike and focused the boundaries regardless of England having 9 males on the ropes.

He hit seven fours and three huge sixes that sailed over the legside and nicely into the group earlier than he lastly perished within the deep to Stuart Broad (3-45).

With Todd Murphy (11) on the different finish, Head helped placed on 41 for the ninth wicket after which one other 13 for the ultimate stand with Scott Boland.

Australia can really feel unlucky they have been compelled to bat in probably the most tough situations of the match, with the ball shifting round below heavy cloud cowl.

However they need to additionally replicate on a number of mind fades in good situations within the night of day two, which finally left their lower-order rapidly uncovered.

Each Marnus Labuschagne and  Smith fell to poor photographs in successive Moeen Ali overs, throughout a session during which Australia misplaced three wickets.
Then, in situations that made it rather more tough to bat on Saturday, wickets fell.

Mitch Marsh was caught behind when he tried to get on the entrance foot and go away Chris Woakes (3-68), just for the ball to brush his bat.

Alex Carey went in comparable circumstances, chopping on to a Woakes ball that bounced greater than he anticipated on an tried go away.

Starc was additionally caught when tucked up on the legside by Mark Wooden and Harry Brook ran again to catch it from quick leg, earlier than Pat Cummins was caught behind off the fast.

At that time, Australia have been in actual bother, earlier than Head took cost.

Rain is forecast for late on Sunday and thru Monday afternoon, though with the tempo at which the Take a look at has up to now been performed, a end result continues to be doubtless.

A win for Australia would wrap up their first collection win in England since 2001, whereas a draw could be sufficient to retain the Ashes if climate turned a big subject.

Historical past is on England’s aspect as they struggle to remain within the collection, with the final three fourth-innings finishes at Headingley being profitable chases of 296, 362 and 322.


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