Despite Hazlewood's Heroics, England Hasn't Lost Hope
England have reached 5-200 in their first innings of the fourth Ashes Test at Old Trafford, where Josh Hazlewood snared all four wickets to fall on day three.
One of the most important spells of Josh Hazlewood's career has reduced England to 5-200 at Old Trafford, where Nathan Lyon will be key when Australia resume their push for an Ashes-retaining victory on day four of the fourth Test.
England require a further 98 runs to pass the follow-on mark, a target that opener Rory Burns highlighted as their main goal after top-scoring with 81 on Friday.
Australia lead by 297 runs but it is unlikely they will enforce the follow on if the option is there, preferring to back Lyon to cause chaos in the final innings of the decisive clash.
Hazlewood, who claimed all four wickets to fall on day three to finish with 4-48 from 20 overs, praised Lyon for helping create the pressure he benefited from.
"The way Gaz bowled down that one end ... was fantastic," Hazlewood said.
"Keeping the runs quite dry and towards the end, as he kept bowling, he looked more in the game.
"You just felt like something was going to come. I was lucky enough to be the one bowling when it happened.
"Over the next two days I think it will start spinning a little bit more."
Burns suggested his team would draw on their record-breaking triumph at Headingley as inspiration in the coming days.
"The way that game went, I think anything is possible," Burns said.
"We are a couple of partnerships away from making them make a play again. It is about putting pressure back on them.
"We are not that far behind in this fixture ... there is a follow-on mark to get past."
Hazlewood needed three deliveries at Craig Overton on day three to dismiss the nightwatchman, reducing the hosts to 2-25, then snared 3-15 in 27 balls during the final session.
The wait between must have felt like an eternity.
MAN OF THE DAY: Josh Hazlewood. Took all four wickets to fall in the day and ended the stubborn 141-run partnership of Joe Root and Rory Burns in a spell of 3-15 in 27 balls late in the day.
STAT OF THE DAY: Tim Pane took his miserable review record for the series to 0/10 in the field with another optimistic and ultimately failed lbw shout as his bowlers tried desperately to get Root out.
KEY MOMENT: Hazlewood's dismissal of Jason Roy, who had motored to 22 from 33 balls,with a peach of a delivery that nipped back and bowled him in the penultimate over of the day. New batsmen Jonny Bairstow (2) and Ben Stokes (7) will need to start another rebuilding job on Saturday morning with England needing 98 runs to avoid the follow-on and the new ball due in six overs.
QUOTE OF THE DAY: "We're pretty happy with where we're at, I think the weather is pretty good for the next two days - two long days of cricket, 98 overs both days. Plenty of cricket left so we'll concentrate on this first innings and get the next five wickets fist tomorrow." - Josh Hazlewood.