England vs Australia: Day four of fourth Ashes Test in a nutshell

England are staring down the barrel of an Ashes series loss following another chastening afternoon in Old Trafford that renders them on the edge of defeat heading into the fifth and final day…
Pat Cummins took two wickets to leave Australia needing eight wickets retain the Ashes following another knock from Steve Smith at Old Trafford and to win the Test, writes Sam Drury.
SCORECARD | AS IT HAPPENED
The world before holing out off Jack Leach because the people, Number 1 Test batsman made 82 declared to place a victory target of 383 to the side of Joe Root.
Cummins eliminated Rory Burns and Root from the first over as England’s chances of saving the match plummeted with the hosts closure on 18-2, from the closing stages of an eventful day in Manchester.
Joe Root bowled first ball to the perfect shipping, nipping away to clip the top of off-stump, pitching in lineup and angling in.
England’s hopes of holding out for a draw to save the Exam and take the string into a decider at The Oval next week certainly rested with their skipper however, put in to confront a tricky half-hour session prior to stumps, the hosts dropped their two top-scorers from the very first innings to consecutive deliveries.
Before cleaning Root up with the second Rory Burns ball was first removed by cummins to a top edge. He is the world’s No 1 Test bowler for a motive.
The same one that has mastered the series so much do you buy Steve Smith outside? Following five innings, 671 runs, a 134.20 average, five scores of at least fifty, three of that countless, England are still very much none the wiser.
Even after an excellent hour and a half with the ball in the rear end of the afternoon session, one that saw the hosts briefly battle their way back into the Exam – reducing Australia to 44-4 in their second innings – Smith nevertheless weren’t able to be shifted.
Stuart Broad bowled another excellent opening attraction, while Jofra Archer was back into bowling at blistering pace but, bar the strange play and overlook, Smith lived into tea after which rocketed throughout the gears at the day before perishing for 82, holing out in the deep off Jack Leach, in helping put up Australia’s announcement.
David Gower on Root’s dismissal:”Oh, my word, what kind of delivery which is! Pat Cummins and also Australia absolutely in their very finest. We speak players talk about it, coaches talk about it. It’s the ideal delivery; aim for the very top off, hit the top of off, with only enough movement to win against the bat – that the absolute ideal for any bowler, and a body blow to the whole England team.”
Nasser Hussain about England’s day fightback:”You find the character of a negative when they’re down, and that hour and a half [earlier tea], England showed that. They had been done and dustedout of the match, with one result possible and they fought their way in. Jofra Archer and Stuart Broad, specifically, were Fantastic.”
Michael Holding on a legside strategy to Smith:”Six men on the on-side bowling to Smith? You’re only allowed nine fielders and should is on at the top of off-stump, you would need to have a slip and a person, leaving you one man to patrol the whole area from point to mid-off. He be Usain Bolt but also a marathon runner to get sufficient power. That is why I say ridiculous.”
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