Root offers hope to England

05 December 2017 06:44:43 EST

England have the chance to secure an incredible victory in the second Ashes Test after enjoying an outstanding fourth day in Adelaide.

It seemed that Australia were heading for a big win when they dismissed the tourists for 227 in their first innings after they had declared on 442-8 themselves.

However, after Baggy Greens captain Steve Smith had decided not to enforce the follow-on, Australia struggled in their second innings and were 53-4 at the close of the third day.

Jimmy Anderson and Chris Woakes maintained the pressure on Tuesday morning as Australia were eventually dismissed for just 138, leaving England a target of 354 runs to secure an unlikely victory.

Anderson claimed his first five-wicket haul in Australia while Woakes took 4-36.

England made a solid start to their second innings but, after Mark Stoneman and Alastair Cook had put on 53 runs for the first wicket, the former captain was trapped lbw by Nathan Lyon for 16.

Mitchell Starc then dismissed Stoneman and James Vince to leave England on 91-3 and seemingly on course for a routine triumph.

However, Joe Root and Dawid Malan put on 78 precious runs for the fourth wicket until the latter perished soon before the close for 29 when he was bowled by Pat Cummins.

Root was still there on 67 not out at the end of the day's play though while Woakes was unbeaten on five as England reached 176-4.

England are 1/1 to win the second Test while an Australia win is available at 1/1.

Anderson said afterwards: "It is pretty even. We definitely would have taken this position after the first two or three days. We have fought really hard to get back in the game.

"We followed on from last night really well as a group and fought really hard with the bat. We spoke about not doing ourselves justice with the bat in the first innings but we have shown what we can do.

"We are a good amount of runs short but are in a fantastic position. We have got batters in the shed to get us close."

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