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Third Ashes Test: Fluctuating fortunes for England

Skipper Joe Root, batting with an unbeaten 75 keeps England’s hopes alive in the third Ashes Test.

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Third Ashes Test: Fluctuating fortunes for England
Joe Root will resume the fourth day with an unbeaten 75. Photo: Getty Images

England captain Joe Root is carrying the hope for his side keeping the third Ashes Test still alive for the hosts in Headingley at day three.

The home team closed the day on 156 for 3, needing another 203 runs to win the Test. Joe Root will start the fourth day with 75 runs in 189 balls. Australia, therefore, are in need of seven more wickets to retain the Ashes this season.

Setting 359 to win after a disastrous first innings of 67 runs, England seemed to get defeated all the while in day three as they lost two wickets with 15 runs on the board.

Rory Burns was the first to go, edging Josh Hazlewood in the slip to safe hands of David Warner.

He was soon followed by Jason Roy against a Pat Cummins delivery. Rather comically, Roy made it look quite unplayable; he nearly fell over his feet while the top of his off stump was struck.

But Root, under severe criticism for his captaincy, turned the stones for the opposition with a resilient 126-runs stand batting 53 overs together with Joe Denly who was the last wicket to fall in the day scoring 50 off 155.

 

Brief score: 

Australia 179 & 246: Labuschagne 80, Wade 33; Stokes 3/56, Archer 2/40, Broad 2/52

England 67 & 156-3: Root 75*, Denly 50; Stokes 2*; Cummins 1/33, Hazlewood 2/35

England need 203 runs to win


 

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