With Australia holding a 2-1 lead within the five-match sequence, England’s possibilities of stopping their arch-rivals from retaining the Ashes hinge on a victory in Manchester. Contemplating the unfavourable climate forecast for the weekend, a swift success could also be crucial for England’s aspirations.
All through this sequence, the momentum has swung forwards and backwards, and Wednesday was no exception. Steve Smith, Marnus Labuschagne, Travis Head, and Mitchell Marsh appeared poised for substantial scores, however England managed to curtail their progress, stopping them from changing their begins into huge innings.
With Australia seven wickets down with one and a half hours of the day to go, England have been hoping to get some runs on the board themselves earlier than the shut, however just one extra wicket fell to make sure the vacationers will return to bat on Thursday.
Stuart Broad took two Australian wickets to maneuver onto 600 in check cricket, with house favorite James Anderson, on his return to the England aspect, left annoyed, like the remainder of his crew.
(With Reuters Inputs)