Pat Cummins dented England’s hopes of keeping the Ashes alive by Ignoring Jason Roy and Ben Stokes on day five of the First Test at Old Trafford before lunch.
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England – that are aiming to bat out the last day of a Test to make a draw for first time since 2013 at New Zealand – improved from their overnight 18-2 into 66-2 through Roy (31) and Joe Denly (48no).
But Cummins castled Roy throughout the gate to end a third-wicket rack of 66 and soon had Stokes – whose heroics had denied Australia an Ashes-sealing triumph at Headingley – .
Stokes walked following gloving Cummins, who’s moved on to 24 wickets for the series and shot his side closer to retaining the urn – England are 87-4 in the break, with Jonny Bairstow (2no) along with Denly.
If Australia take the final six wickets and proceed 2-1 up with one to play, they will turn into the touring side to depart England since Ashes holders since the Steve Waugh-captained team of 2001.
Cummins had begun the victory push Saturday evening, reducing England to 0-2 four chunks into their innings if he dislodged Rory Burns and Joe Root for ducks from successive deliveries.
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