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By Jack Skelton
BBC Sport at Old Trafford
England need a person to”put up their hand and be the protagonist” to stop Australia retaining the Ashes in Old Trafford, ” says coach Trevor Bayliss.
The hosts will restart on 18-2 on the last afternoon of the fourth Test, needing to bat at least 98 overs to draw on.
The five-match show is level at 1-1 after Ben Stokes’ incredible century gave a stunning victory in the next Test at Headingley to England.
“I’m always positive – we can take action,” said Bayliss.
“We have already spoken about who is going to put their hand up and be the hero.
“It is going to take a couple of our guys to produce good hundreds however, as we saw in the previous Test, anything is possible.”
A shortage of Jofra Archer, Stuart Broad and 196 decreased Australia in a thrilling day session to 44-4 after England narrowly avoided the follow-on to be dismissed 301.
But Steve Smith was in creating 82, placing on 105 using Matthew 16, masterful again as Australia announced on 186-6 to put England a 383 for victory.
Before Jason Roy and Joe Denly survived to the close pat Cummins eliminated Rory Burns and Joe Root.
“it is a big challenge but we have got two very good players on the market and we’ve got some men in the drop that could make hundreds,” said Bayliss.
“If you lose a couple of wickets so close to the conclusion of play it is a little disappointing but we are pretty upbeat.
“Hopefully we can bat well, save the game and enjoy a beer after.”
Former England captain Michael Vaughan said to salvage a draw the hosts needed a”miracle” on par with their thrilling win in Leeds.
“To face that Australia assault with this pitch today for 98 overs, it is going to take an extraordinary innings,” he told Test Match Special.
“You think that it will have to be Ben Stokes back – he’s the 1 player that appears composed and calm.
“There have not been a lot of this England team who have came – it’s been people and individual brilliance.”
Australia batsman Smith, who now has 671 runs at a mean of 134.2 inside this series, ” said his side will just keep”hitting the top of the stump span” to find the eight wickets that they need to keep the Ashes.
Cummins removed Root with a majestic delivery which hit the top of off-stump and abandoned the England captain for a duck.
“Cummins hit that length beautifully – which ball into Root is a blueprint of what we need to perform,” Smith explained.
“It is going to be hard for England, especially while the ball is hard.
“I felt pretty vulnerable in my first 20 or even 30 balls whenever they were bowling that fantastic length and there is sufficient up and down and sideways movement.”
Analysis and view by the cricket correspondent of the BBC.
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