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Australia eight wickets away from retaining Ashes

Australia bossed the proceedings on Day 4 of the fourth Ashes Test at Old Trafford. They set England a target of 383 and need to take eight wickets on the final day to take a 2-1 lead in the series and retain the Ashes.

England was left rattled in the very first over of their second innings with Pat Cummins dismissing Rory Burns and Joe Root off consecutive deliveries. Jason Roy managed to deny Cummins his hat-trick. He managed to stick around with Joe Denly, who was his opening partner until the last Test before he was demoted to number four and England’s overnight total is 18/2.

Earlier in the day, the hosts managed to avoid the follow on thanks to Jos Buttler scrapping it out with the tail but he was dismissed soon after as Australia started their second innings with a 196-run lead.

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