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    England take wickets to keep hope alive

    James Anderson and Chris Woakes led the Three Lions' fightback against Australia in Adelaide.

    England were given a faint hope in the second Ashes Test as they took four wickets in a dramatic final session on day three in Adelaide. 

    Australia still closed with a healthy lead of 268 runs but the hosts are 53/4 overnight having bowled England out for 227 earlier in the day.


    England made a nightmare start when James Vince nicked behind for two in the second over of the day before captain Joe Root edged to third slip for just nine runs.

    Alastair Cook dug in to try and see off Australia's aggressive bowling attack but was then dismissed for 37 when he edged to first slip off spinner Nathan Lyon.

    Dawid Malan became the fourth batsman to fall in the session when he gloved to wicketkeeper Tim Paine off Pat Cummins.


    Australia continued their momentum at the start of the second session, with Lyon taking a magnificent return catch to dismiss Moeen Ali for 25.

    Not to be outdone, Mitchell Starc then claimed a brilliant caught and bowled of his own to catch a crunching drive from Jonny Bairstow at the second attempt.

    England then provided some resistance through Chris Woakes and Craig Overton, who passed a fifty partnership after seeing off a barrage of short bowling.

    Woakes was then dismissed for 36 when he top-edged high into the air and back to bowler Starc as England went in on 219/8 at dinner.


    Overton finished the innings on 41 not out as Stuart Broad and James Anderson fell in quick succession as England were bowled out for 227 shortly after tea, giving Australia a first innings lead of 215.

    Australia captain Steve Smith opted not to enforce the follow-on and sent his openers out to negotiate the tricky twilight period.

    There were encouraging signs as the new ball swung in the air, and the Three Lions made an early breakthrough as Cameron Bancroft was caught behind for four by Bairstow off Anderson.

    Anderson than trapped Khawaja for 20 before Woakes forced Warner into an edge to slip to leave Australia 41/3.

    Smith had one close escape thanks to DRS after he had been given out lbw to Anderson, but he had no such luck after being trapped by Woakes for six.

    Australia held on in the final stages of the day to close on 53/4, still leading by 268 runs.

    He Said

    “We weren’t relentless enough with our bowling so we came out today and learned what we could from the first innings, tried to pitch up as much as we could and I thought we did well.”

    James Anderson

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    Craig Overton is the third Englishman to top score on debut batting at number nine. 

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