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Tuesday 20th March 2018

England Fight Back to Keep Ashes Hopes Alive


7Dnews London - AFP

Sun, 25 Aug 2019 00:16 GMT

England battled hard to keep their hopes alive on day three of the Ashes third test, but Australia still look set to retain their title. England needed to break their record and score 359 to win. They batted 156-3 thanks to Joe Root's unbeaten 75 and Joe Denly's 50.

The home side still needs 203 runs to win and are an even more difficult position after managing just 67 in their first innings. The odds of an England victory look as slim as ever Australia are favourites to retain their title with two tests to spare.

AFP reported that Denly spoke after the game and admitted that he was disappointed with their performance in the first innings. "We were disappointed with the 67, and it wasn't good enough, but it's about showing character and fight in this second innings," Denly told BBC Radio's Test Match Special after stumps.

He also refused to give up on the victory. "I rate our chances very highly... The new ball will be tricky, but a few of our batters are due some runs."

Australia's Marnus Labuschagne, who was playing in place of the injured Steven Smith, said he was confident of his side's victory if they stuck to the game plan. "We have the new ball due in eight overs, which is good for us. "We have got to stick to our process, shut that scoreboard down and challenge both edges of the bat, ball in, ball out.

"If we do that, I've no doubt we will win the match."