Ashes 2019, England vs Australia, ENG vs AUS 4th Ashes Test, Day 4, Live: England in trouble as Starc removes Bairstow after lunch

WICKET: Australia strike shortly after lunch. Mitchell Starc, coming round the wicket trapped Jonny Bairstow on the backfoot and he has to depart for 25. He takes the review but the ball was doing enough to hit the top of leg stump. Nice, little partnership comes to an end. England 138/6

WICKET: OUT! Nathan Lyon gets one to kick out of the rough and a set Joe Denly gloves the ball to Marnus Labuschagne at forward short leg. England 93 for 5 and in trouble.

Lunch: Lunch taken at Old Trafford and England head into the interval 87/4, 296 runs short of victory.

WICKET: Pat Cummins gets another one. Stokes inside edges that ball to Paine. Doesn’t even wait for umpire Marais Erasmus to raise his finger; simply walks away. Looked a close call. Even the appeal wasn’t the loudest. Snicko shows spike. Stokes might have survived had he not walked. None the less, doesn’t matter now. England 87/4

WICKET: Bowled him! Pat Cummins gets one to viciously shape back in. Daylight between Jason Roy’s bat and ball and the offstump is rattled. Once again, Roy is bowled in his Test career. England 66/3.

Meanwhile…

Roy, Denly weather the storm: It’s been a wonderful first hour for England. Jason Roy and Joe Denly have batted out of their skins to see off a testing spell of fast bowling from Cummins, Starc and Hazlewood. They’ve raised the 50-partnership for the third wicket. England 56/2

Day 5 underway: Here we are, into the final day of the 4th Test with Australia eight strikes away from retaining The Ashes. England need another 365 runs to win. Is there any way Australia cannot win from here?

Pat Cummins took two wickets in two balls, including England captain Joe Root for a golden duck, to leave Australia on the brink of retaining the Ashes at Old Trafford on Saturday.

England were 18-2 in their second innings at stumps on the fourth day of the fourth Test, still needing a further 365 runs on Sunday’s last day to reach a target of 383.

By contrast, Australia require eight wickets to seal a win that would see the holders keep the Ashes at 2-1 up with one to play in a five-Test series.

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The most England have made in the fourth innings to win a Test the 362/9 they posted in their series-levelling success last time out at Headingley, where Ben Stokes’s stunning 135 not out and the resistance of No 11 Jack Leach secured a remarkable one-wicket victory.

Earlier, Steve Smith‘s remorseless run-glut continued as he made 82 — his lowest score this series — in Australia’s second innings 186-6 declared. Australia captain Tim Paine’s decision left England with an awkward 30 minutes in which to bat.

Below are the details of how you can watch and follow the contest live

What: Ashes, 4th Test, Day 5

When: Sunday, September 8, 2019

Venue: Old Trafford Cricket Ground, Manchester

Time: 3:30 pm IST

On TV: Sony ESPN

Live Streaming: SONY LIV

SQUADS

Australia: Tim Paine (c and wk), Pat Cummins (vc), Marcus Harris, Josh Hazlewood, Travis Head (vc), Marnus Labuschagne, Nathan Lyon, Peter Siddle, Steven Smith, Mitchell Starc, Matthew Wade, David Warner.

England: Joe Root (c), Jofra Archer, Jonny Bairstow, Stuart Broad, Jos Buttler (wk), Rory Burns, Sam Curran, Joe Denly, Jack Leach, Craig Overton, Jason Roy, Ben Stokes, Chris Woakes.