Sport Cricket The Ashes: Australia turns the screws, setting England 359 to win

The Ashes: Australia turns the screws, setting England 359 to win

Solid knock: Marnus Labuschagne on his way to not out 53 at Headingly. Photo: Getty
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Marnus Labuschagne’s latest brave batting display has ended with a run out on 80, but not before seemingly batting England out of the Ashes series.

Australia was 246 all out after 75.2 overs, stretching its lead to 358.

At lunch England was 0-11.

Resuming at 6-171 and holding a 283-run lead at the start of day three in the Third Test at Headingly the Australian batsmen pushed on against a weary England attack.

Labuschagne had resumed day three unbeaten on 53 and was eventually out when chancing a second run.

James Pattinson fell for 20 after edging off Jofra Archer to Joe Root in the slips, while Pat Cummins fell soon after for six after being caught by Rory Burns off the bowling of Ben Stokes.

England dropped several chances in the morning sessions, cruelling any chance it had of getting back into the game.

England’s highest ever successful run chase was 332 against Australia in Melbourne in 1928.

Earlier, Hazlewood is still shaking his head at how day two of the third Test turned out for Australia, saying “I can’t remember a day like this” after snaring 5-30, with Australia bowling England out for 67.

“The first hour was fantastic and we just kept building.

Might be starting with a few scars there … I don’t think many teams are winning if one of their innings is 60 or 70 runs.”

Tim Paine’s team will retain the urn if they win at Headingly and take a 2-0 series lead.

Batting coach Graham Thorpe admitted there was no excuse for his side’s feeble batting effort.

“We’re disappointed with the way in which we batted, It’s tough to take in the dressing room when it happens,” Thorpe said.

Exhausted: England Ben Stokes was too tired to celebrate a wicket. Photo: Getty

Headingley has seen big fourth-innings run chases in recent times; In 2001 England hunted down 315 on the final day to shock Australia and two years ago the West Indies scored 322 to seal a memorable win.

But Thorpe insists England do boast the talent to make amends and warned Australia not to believe the match is over.

“Sportspeople always have to be very optimistic when you have an opportunity still to do something,” he said.

-with AAP