Cummins strikes again; Australia in position to retain Ashes

MANCHESTER, England (AP) — Australia broke through twice before lunch, and had the precious wicket of Ben Stokes, to strengthen its chances of retaining the Ashes on the final day of the fourth test against England on Sunday.

Quick bowler Pat Cummins collected both wickets in the morning at Old Trafford to take his innings figures to 4-23. England was 87-4 chasing 383.

Cummins bowled Jason Roy for 31 after Roy and Joe Denly had seen England through the first hour. Cummins forced Stokes out for 1 soon after, caught behind by wicketkeeper Tim Paine.

Australia needs six more wickets to hold on to the Ashes in England for the first time in 18 years.

Opener Denly was 48 not out but England needs a repeat of the remarkable fourth-innings heroics that saw it win the third test to level the series 1-1.


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