England face tough task as Australia close in on Ashes

Australia look set to win the Ashes tomorrow despite some last-ditch defiance from England that will take the third Test into the final day.

England's Ben Stokes managed to get his maiden half century for England. Credit: Anthony Devlin/PA Wire

England are chasing a world-record 504 to win and their chances of even taking the Test into a final day looked slim after captain Alastair Cook was out for a golden duck and Kevin Pietersen lost his wicket in a reckless manner.

However, a 99 stand between Ben Stokes (72 not out) and Ian Bell (60) left the tourists on 251 for five at the end of the day, giving England a small chance of keeping the series alive.

Australia are currently 2-0 up in the series and look certain to win the Ashes back from England.

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