Late wickets offer slim hope

04 December 2017 06:32:36 EST

England hit back with the ball late on on day three of the second Ashes Test against Australia, but the hosts remain well on top in Adelaide.

The Baggy Greens were reduced to 53-4 in their second innings, but having earlier dismissed the tourists for 227 in their first innings and opted not to enforce the follow-on, Australia hold a lead of 268 runs with two days left to play.

We've got an outside chance, but we've got a lot of work to do.

James Anderson

Debutant Craig Overton top-scored with 41 not out as England again crumbled with the bat, with off-spinner Nathan Lyon claiming 4-60 and paceman Mitchell Starc finishing with figures of 3-49.

However, the hosts then stumbled in their second innings, as Cameron Bancroft edged James Anderson behind and departed for four.

Anderson also accounted for Usman Khawaja for 20, before Chris Woakes had David Warner (14) caught in the slips by Joe Root and trapped Steve Smith leg before for six.

Both Peter Handscomb and nightwatchman Lyon were unbeaten on three at the close, with the hosts still in charge overall.

Australia are now priced at 1/1 to win the second Test and take a 2-0 series lead, with the draw available at 1/1 and an England victory 1/1.

And fast bowler Anderson admitted that he and his colleagues were disappointed by their efforts with the bat, which left them well behind in the game.

He told ABC: "We're a long way behind in the game so we can't over-attack in the field. We've got an outside chance, but we've got a lot of work to do.

"We gave it absolutely everything and we've come away with four wickets, which we're delighted with. We attacked where we could, bowled as full as we could and we got the rewards.

"(But) we've got some very frustrated players in the dressing room. We should have got more runs than we did."

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