17:07: Good thing I put money on an England win, then remembered I forgot to.
13:07: I have to go, think it’s quite doable. Wish I could do this:
“Willing Stokes on from the Greek island of Kefalonia, ditched the family turtle spotting tour to listen to the cricket!”
Yes, I’m afraid family is second today. See you this evening, hopefully.
12:29: Five wides, who’s feeling the pressure now? I’ve felt since yesterday that this was doable, with or without Root 66.
12:08: Don’t dwell, England, work out permutations to win and grind it out. No one’s going to hand it to you. Bairstow stay calm, nothing rash, take ones and twos, plenty of time.
England have to believe they are going to win. Joe Root will have another message in his mind tomorrow morning for the players to follow.
Those first two hours are vital for England to have a chance. If they add 70-80 more runs for the loss of maybe two wickets to the new ball, that leaves you 120 to get with five wickets in hand. You can win from there.
But Root and Stokes will have to produce two great performances.
Methinks they’re well in with a chance and then the final two tests?????
Australia batsman Marnus Labuschagne:
“The wicket has flattened out a bit, we have the new ball due in eight overs which is good for us. We have got to stick to our process, shut that scoreboard down and challenge both edges of the bat ball in, ball out.
“If we do that I’ve no doubt we will win the match. It’s been good for me, I have been batting well. You get opportunities in different ways.
“I had a few chances out there, luck can change very quickly and it was disappointing to be run out at the end.”