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Saturday 21 September 2019

Burns insists English hopes not in ashes

OUT: England’s Rory Burns walks after losing his wicket during the fourth Ashes test at Old Trafford. Pic: Reuters
OUT: England’s Rory Burns walks after losing his wicket during the fourth Ashes test at Old Trafford. Pic: Reuters

Rory Burns believes England can draw on the spirit of their Headingley success to get back into the fourth Ashes Test against Australia.

England are facing a battle to save the match at Old Trafford after closing the third day on 200 for five, still trailing the tourists by 297.

It is a tough challenge but, after the Ben Stokes-inspired, series-levelling victory in the third Test in Leeds, Burns insists nothing should be counted out.

The opener, who hit a battling 81 in England's reply, said: "The way that game went, I think anything is possible.

"We are not that far behind in this fixture. We are a couple of partnerships away from making them make a play again. It is about putting pressure back on them and playing well tomorrow."

Stokes and Jonny Bairstow will resume this morning with their first task to score the 98 runs required to avoid the follow on.

Burns said: "We have obviously got some work to do, but it is pretty clear what we need to do. We have got some batters left in the hutch and we are 100 runs behind it (the follow on). That is a couple of good partnerships and then we are up close to them, and we're asking them to make a play.

"We have got to look at it from a positive aspect and see where we can get to."

Burns put on 141 for the third wicket with captain Joe Root (71) in England's highest partnership of the series. Both were removed by Josh Hazlewood late in the evening session, with the seamer ending the day with four for 48.

Speaking at the post-match press conference, Burns said: "Obviously as a team we probably wouldn't have liked to lose a couple of wickets at the end, but I think it has set it out pretty clear for us, in terms that there is a follow on to get past, there is a score to get as close as we can to. I think we are only a couple of partnerships away from that."

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