Close, what a day! Joe Root and Ben Stokes have guided England through to the close with no further loss of wickets, and the fourth day is set to be a thriller. England will need a further 203 runs, whilst Australia will be searching for seven wickets. Joe Root is at the crease on 75, whilst Ben Stokes will join him again in the morning, having curved his natural aggressive nature, scoring just two runs off 50 balls.


WICKET – a solid effort from Denly. he gloves one through to Paine though. He’s given England a chance here, an outside chance albeit.

The partnership was 126 off 155 balls. The breakthrough comes 50 minutes from close. Hazlewood accounting fr seven of the 13 England wickets in the match so far.

The Aussies get a bit of good fortune and England are 141-3.


50 for Denly. His second in Test cricket.

It comes off 134 ball. He certainly rode his luck early on, but on this occasion he made it look easy, working Lyon to mid-wicket for another four runs.

Can the England fans dare to dream?


Another appeal. ANOTHER APPEAL!

Root rushes forward to meet a Hazlewood delivery aimed at his off stump. He’s pushing forward, it hits his pads and Gaffaney’s finger goes up.

Root immediately reviews and it’s a poor decision, a huge inside edge very quickly becomes apparent.

Cue ironic appeals…


There haven’t been too many expressive shots in Root’s 57* – just good old fashioned Test cricket. England require 240 to win with eight wickets left.


100 partnership up between Root and Denly. That includes 12 × 4s. The latter smokes one through the covers and then runs a quick singles to reach the milestone.


Rooot plunders a fuller ball on the off side t the cover fence. Four runs and his 43rd Test fifty. He then trickles the following ball down to fine leg for four more. That’s 56 off 121 balls for the England captain.


Big appeal after Wade takes a catch at short leg. Umpire Gaffaney unmoved and rightly so, it ruffled Root’s jersey on its travels.


Denly looking to work Cummins off his hips, it pops up off the glove, Head is briefly interested at mid-wicket but it falls just out of reach. That one nipped back a bit!


England are doing their job in this second session. They have weathered the first spells from Hazlewood and Cummins. Can they get through the next 20 minutes before tea?


England now 75-2 having been 11 for no wicket at lunch. Root runs one down the fine leg boundary with soft hands. Hazlewood cuts a forlorn figure.


Rifled away by Denly on the back foot, ferociously through mid-wicket off Hazlewood. Four runs. A double bounce four on the pull takes England’s target to under 300.


England lost two wickets early in the afternoon session. Rory Burns was the first man to go, caught at first slip by David Warner off Josh Hazlewood. Jason Roy followed shortly after, bowled by a Patrick Cummins delivery. Since then, Joe Root and Joe Denly have grafted hard and remain at the crease om 18 and 19 respectively.


Another big appeal for Root off the bowling of Hazlewood. There’s definitely bat on that. NOT OUT!


Denly takes a blow to the helmet off Cummins. Out come the medical staff but he’s okay and seems to have settled back in.


Big appeal for the wicket of Root, who is on pair, but it’s bat on pad and not bat on ball. He then chops Hazlewood for three.


Denly, who top scored with just 12 in the first innings, gets lucky and send one flying through the slips to get off the mark.


WICKET – Bang! The off stump takes off and Roy’s Test cricket woes continue. He’s gone for 8 with England in deep, deep trouble at 15-2. Cummins has produced some high class deliveries and that’s right up there. It angles back, Roy decides to leave it alone and it clips the off stump.

Make that 15-2.

A high quality ball and Cummins wheels away in delight.


WICKET – Hazlewood angles one across Burns, a testing line, he fends at it, but clips it straight to Warner for his fifth catch of the match. He’s struggled with these back-of-a-length lines all series. He prodded at that one.

England 15-1.


The players are loitering on the outfield as we await the umpires. There seems to be a jovial discussion between Lyon, Cummins and Root taking place.


England reach lunch unscathed on 11-0 (Burns 5, Roy 6).


Roy and Burns stride out for a key 20 minute period before lunch.


It was only a matter of time as Cummins chops Archer on to his stumps, Australia all out for 246, England need 359 to win the third Test.


Labuschagne run out!? He’s played well, but has also rode his luck over the past two days.

He’s gone for 8- and falls short of a century again! He’s been great though and has shown great character. Two gritty, battling innings.

Denly fumbles in the deep, but arrows it at Bairstow who does exceptionally well to whip off the bails.

Unfortunate, but he gets a fine reception from a knowledgeable cricket crowd. Who knows what the value of that knock will be…

Australia 237-9.


WICKET – Cummins is undone by extra bounce from Stokes. He tried but failed to fend it away and Burns takes it down low to his right. Safe hands from the Surrey man.

Stokes finishes with a wicket maiden and Australia are 226-6.


Nasty from Archer. He’s cranking it up and another short one, where the ball follows the helmet, crashes into Labuschagne’s grill. A delay ensues, drinks are taken.


WICKET – Archer again!! The final ball of the 68th over. 87 mph. He square up Pattinson with a bouncer and it’s taken down low to his left by captain Root. That’s his 100th catch in Test cricket. Australia 215-7.


50 partnership between Labuschagne and Pattinson. That’s gets a ripple of applause from the Australia contingent.


Chance again! Burns gets round the square leg, Pattinson on the scamper is safe, Broad couldn’t get there and Burn’s shy at the stumps goes for four runs. Australia 215-6, this has not been England’s morning so far.


Chance! And you’ve got to feel for Broad there who continues to create opportunities. On this occasion Bairstow and Root combine to shell one. A terrific deliver which angles in and then straightens, Bairstow dives across Root and puts it down. It look destined for Root at first slip, should Bairstow have left it?


Another fine delivery from Broad, which hits Pattinson on the thigh, but it’s too high.

England desperate for a breakthrough here.


It’s a huge sell out crowd again. Of course Saturday is traditionally THE day. But more generally the crowds have been sensational this series.


Archer is held back by Root, who instead prefers Stokes who bowled 15.5 overs on the bounce last night. He took six first-innings wickets last night. Emerald Headingley continues to fill up.

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