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By Jonathan Agnew
BBC cricket correspondent
Joe Root and rory Burns played innings and have shown England the method to conserve the Ashes.
But for all that hard work, these three wickets demonstrated how in Test cricket you can just go bang, bang, bang and this match is flipped on its head.
From appearing comfortable and protected, England are currently up from it and dropped to prevent the follow-on from the fourth Test at Old Trafford.
They need no matter what Australia’s tactics may be, 98 more runs to perform it and have got to arrive. They must attempt to keep Australia out at the area for as long as possible.
I’d be surprised if Australia do apply the follow-on should England fail to achieve 298. They will bat on, put a little more wear on the pitch, allow their bowlers have a break and then give themselves four sessions to bowl England out.
Even if England do get bowled out later although sneak past the follow-on, which gives Australia the chance and a enormous lead to put the bat rounds to get Nathan Lyon to a turning pitch days four and five.
In other words, England find themselves at a battle. Sooner or later on Saturday, Australia might declare in their second innings and then set about accepting.
The rest of England’s batsmen have the ideal example to follow in the way Burns and Root played.
Burns does believe that he is good enough. That is an integral point for anyone since you start off not knowing and wondering if you will belong coming into Test cricket.
People have talked with his bat pointing towards gully within his backlift, about Burns’ unique technique, however, Steve Smith has a technique that was quirky and he’s not overly bad.
You can be special and if it works for you, then let it operate.
It functions for Burns – due to that quirkiness but he’s scored over 1,000 County Championship runs for the last five seasons, he is played to deal with that, where he struggles, he can go through spots.
He’s ignored all of the talk about his strategy, captured on and batted. He was certainly brave against the ball in his 81 and is gutsy – that was if there was only 1 man back and it turned out to be a safe shooter and he took one on.
He swayed and ducked – which reveals because he had been out hooking a couple of times before this series, he’s learning.
Root fought by means of a debilitating innings – he was struck over his legs and had his own box smashed.
When I talked to him the day before this match he explained he had been hammered his right thigh at the nets so he has certainly got a few lumps, which perhaps unsettled him a little.
But he revealed how – what England shouldn’t do now is neglect to show determination, discipline and that fight.
Ben Stokes and Jonny Bairstow have to bat for as long as you can like that on Saturday when they restart their innings.
England have given their all to it. Though how do you assess Jason Roy? It’s so Hard.
He’s been moved to five protect him from the new ball and he arrived in the scenario that was ideal – actually in five, tiring bowlers and confronting a ball that was 64-over-old.
Then he played with a couple of nice strokes but if he is bowled by that ball you are left asking,’Where was his first front foot?’
If he’s going to overlook that ball then he actually must have been out lbw . however, it went straight through again.
That drive that is huge is his game – he has never batted in a game. England are currently asking to make this step up.
England are currently confronting a Australia speed attack also.
Pat Cummins bowled an absolutely fantastic spell – these 10 overs were among the charms of this set.
He was totally relentless, absolutely magnificent and wickets. Pace, accuracy – that had been tireless and to find nothing was so unfair.
Subsequently Josh Hazlewood comes on and gets three wickets. That is typical of a bowler’s good deal, it will go another way.
Meanwhile, the Mitchell Starc was as we expected – a boundary balls that are reasonable bowled but at searing pace.
Lyon bowled too short, wasn’t at his very best and the crowd seemed to be getting to him. But he has a turning pitch.
Jonathan Agnew spoke to BBC Sport’s Jack Skelton