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Wednesday, 12 December, 2018

Late Aussie collapse gives England glimmer of hope

Lions 10-1 to level series after claiming four wickets

Chris Woakes claimed two wickets in the final session of day three
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Day four 
BT Sport 1, 3am Tuesday

England are 10-1 to win the second Ashes Test after a final-session fightback on day three in Adelaide gave them a glimmer of hope that they could level the series.

The Three Lions were as big as 50-1 after being bowled out for 227 in their first innings, a deficit of 215 runs, but having declined to enforce the follow-on, Australia failed to enhance their dominant position under the lights.

Two wickets apiece from James Anderson and Chris Woakes restricted the Aussies to 53-4 at the close of play with Peter Handscomb and nightwatchman Nathan Lyon the not-out batsmen.

Australia remain heavy favourites to take a 2-0 series lead at 1-8, although they touched as short as 1-22 midway through day three.

The first hour of day four will be crucial for both sides and if England continue to attack the stumps as they did in the final session of day three, they could gain an early breakthrough.

Handscomb and Lyon have looked vulnerable when the ball is pitched up and backing the fifth wicket not to be a catch at 7-4 could yield a profit. Handscomb, in particular, has been identified by England as an LBW candidate and that mode of dismissal is a 4-1 chance.

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Australia remain heavy favourites to take a 2-0 series lead at 1-8, although they touched as short as 1-22 midway through day three
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