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  • 8:53 PM IST
    HE’S DONE IT! England level the ashes2019 1-1. Riveting Stuff! England chase down 359!

    Absolutely remarkable from Ben Stokes (135*) as he steers England to a stunning and famous win at Headingley. He and Leach add 76 runs for the final wicket
  • 8:41 PM IST

    DROPPED! Ben Stokes put down by Marcus Harris at deep fine leg on 116. Is that the match? He made the dive and got his hands under the ball… but it popped right out! Headingley crowd go up. To make matters worse, Stokes cracks back-to-back fours ti bring the equation down to single figures. WHAT.A.MATCH!

  • 8:28 PM IST

    Absolute genius Ben Stokes! A memorable century for the England allrounder as he crashes one through the leg side. What more? He follows it with back-to-back sixes – 4, 6, 6. England need just 21. Can he pull this one off? It will go down in history as one of England’s most famous victories!

  • 8:11 PM IST

    England need 49 to win. Incredible scenes at Headingley. Ben Stokes is alive and as long as he’s there, so are England. Stokes takes Lyon for two sixes down the ground before bringing out a magnificent reverse hit for a monster SIX. Can be get England over the line? He’s also brought up his World Cup final bat. Riveting stuff!

  • 8:07 PM IST

    OUT! Not good from Jofra Archer. Having scored two boundaries in the over, he slogs Nathan Lyon and perishes at deep mid-wicket. LBW and England are NINE down for 286. Stuart Broad reviews but since there was not bat, he has to go. Australia one wicket away from 2-0. Ben Stokes is stranded at the other end.

  • 7:02 PM IST

    GONE! Oh dear. Hang on. This one is alive and kicking. England lose their third wicket of the session and seventh overall. 261/7 as Hazlewood gets rid of Chris Woakes. Stokes is stranded. Jofra Archer the new man in. What a tournament it’s been for him. Can he support Stokes here? England fans are stunned in silence

  • 7:00 PM IST

    It’s not been easy for Ben Stokes, who has taken 152 balls to bring up his half-century. Needless to say, he is the key here as England try and level the series. But Australia have their tail up. Two months ago, he carried the hopes of an entire nation on his shoulders and got his team over the line at Lord’s for a thrilling World Cup final win.

    Can he do it again?
  • 6:46 PM IST

    England 243/6. Australia have bowled remarkably after lunch and have been rewarded in the form of two big wickets. After a couple of close calls, Jonny Bairstow poke at a ball outside off a lobbed a simple catch to Marnus Labuschagne at second slip.

    Shortly, after England were dealt another blow when Jos Buttler was run out by a direct hit from Marcus Harris at the non-striker’s end. After a confusion, Buttler was short trying to come back.
  • 5:37 PM IST

    End of the morning session, ladies and gentlemen. And England would be happy with what they’ve achieved in these first two hours. They go to lunch with the score reading 238/4. More importantly, they need 121 more to win and level the series.

  • 4:53 PM IST

    This is a good partnership developing for England with Jonny Baitstow and Ben Stokes scoring runs a bit more freely. Bairstow is 24 off 34 with three boundaries and Stokes playing his part – 17 off 91 balls. This is a man coming off a century in the previous Test. The partnership is 53 off 59.

  • 4:06 PM IST

    Oh what a wicket! It’s the GOAT, Nathan Lyon who strikes early on Day 4. It’s his 356th wicket, meaning he’s now ahead of Dennis Lillee. Root is the man dismissed. Goes down the wicket to Lyon and manages a tickle. The ball beats Paine but David Warner takes an excellent catch to send back the England captain. England dealt a blow early – 159.4

  • 3:33 PM IST

    James Pattinson to kickstart the day’s proceedings

  • 3:29 PM IST

    So Day 4 about to get underway. England need 203 runs to draw level, Australia need 7 wickets to retain the Ashes

England vs Australia live cricket score, 3rd Test, Day 4: Ton-up Stokes seals memorable win for England to level series 1-1

England vs Australia live cricket score and ball by ball commentary, ENG vs AUS The Ashes 2019, 3rd Test, Day 4, live score at Leeds

Hello and welcome to our live coverage of day four of the third Test of The Ashes 2019 between England and Australia at Headingley on Sunday.

ENG vs AUS Day 3 recap

England captain Joe Root restored a measure of batting pride for his side with an unbeaten 75 in the third Test at Headingley as Australia were denied an Ashes-clinching win inside three days on Saturday.

At stumps, England were 156-3, still needing a further 203 runs to reach a target of 359 made all the more imposing after they had collapsed to a woeful 67 all out in the first innings — their worst Ashes total for 71 years.

Their second innings threatened to go the same way at 15-2. But Root, out for ducks in his previous two knocks, was still there at the close after a third-wicket stand of 126 in 53 overs with Joe Denly (50). Ben Stokes was two not out from 50 deliveries.

An Australia victory would see the holders retain the Ashes at 2-0 up with two to play in a five-match series.

The odds were still in their favour but England now had an outside shot at a win that would rival their celebrated ‘500/1’ success of 1981 when they beat Australia at Headingley after following-on. Only three sides, however, have made more than 300 to win in the fourth innings of a Test at Headingley — Australia (404-3 in 1948), England (315-4 against Australia, 2001) and the West Indies with 322-5 two years ago.

No one was consulting that page in the record books, though, when England slumped to 15-2 by losing two wickets for no runs in four balls. Left-hander Rory Burns (seven) edged Pat Cummins to David Warner at first slip before Surrey team-mate Jason Roy, yet to convince as a Test match opener for all his World Cup heroics, was bowled playing down the wrong line to Josh Hazlewood, who took 5-30 in the first innings.

Denly, the only England batsman to reach double figures in the first innings with 12, repeatedly played and missed either side of being hit on the head by a Cummins bouncer but hung on in there.

The more-assured Root cover-drove off-spinner Nathan Lyon, long a thorn in England’s side, for four to complete a 120-ball fifty acclaimed by the Yorkshireman’s adoring public.

Root had a brief scare on 59 when given out lbw to Hazlewood but his immediate review revealed a clear edge which had somehow escaped the attention of New Zealand umpire Chris Gaffaney.

Denly’s single off Lyon saw him to fifty in 134 balls.

But when Hazlewood defied the increasingly slow pitch by getting a bouncer to lift, Denly was in no position to hook and gloved the ball to Australia captain and wicketkeeper Tim Paine, with England now 141-3.

Earlier, Marnus Labuschagne missed out on a maiden Test hundred as he top-scored with 80 in Australia’s second-innings 246.

It was his third successive fifty since becoming world cricket’s inaugural concussion substitute in place of star batsman Steve Smith in the drawn second Test at Lord’s. Australia resumed on 171-6 with Labuschagne 53 not out after making 74 — seven more than England managed between them — in the first innings.

Labuschagne had made 60 when he was dropped for the third time in his innings by diving wicketkeeper Jonny Bairstow when an edge off Stuart Broad appeared to be heading Root’s way at first slip. Labuschagne had moved on to 70 when, as happened with his second ball at Lord’s, he was hit on the helmet grille by a Jofra Archer bouncer. But he was cleared to bat on by Australia’s team doctor.

There was now a risk that wickets at the other end might deprive Labuschagne of a hundred but he ran himself out instead. Ignoring the old rule of ‘never run on a misfield’ when Denly fumbled at third man, Labuschagne failed to beat a throw to Bairstow as his valuable 187-ball innings came to an end.