Cricket: England cling on to Ashes hope

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England’s cricketers made 180-4 by the end of day two in the third Ashes Test in Perth.

That scoreline gives the tourists some belief that they can somehow come out on top, having lost the first two Tests to put themselves in severe danger of leaving the coveted urn behind when they fly home the UK.

England managed to take Australia’s last four wickets for 59 runs when play resumed on Saturday, with the hosts all out for 385.

Things started brightly, with Alastair Cook and Michael Carberry producing an opening stand of 85, the highest by either side in the series so far, but then they had to withstand a barrage from a lethal pace attack.

Carberry went for 43, Joe Root was caught behind for just four, and eventually Cook went for 72.

Kevin Pietersen found it hard to get going, making just four runs from 43 balls, before crawling to 19 before being caught by Mitchell Johnson off the bowling of Peter Siddle.

He did at least have the pleasure of becoming only the fifth England player to register 8000 career runs when knocking Johnson to the boundary.

Ian Bell and Ben Stokes were at the crease by stumps on day two, with a score of 180-4 leaving them 205 runs behind in a crucial match.

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