England's highest successful chase of 332 for seven was in 1928 but Denly, who contributed 50 on Saturday, insists the current crop are excited by the possibility of making history to stop Australia from retaining the urn. According to ESPNcricinfo's figures, his percentage of balls left (35.1% of 416 balls faced in the series so far) ranks him third out of the top five leavers of the ball in a Test series over the past decade.
"What the hell is going on with this England team?"
"There is a lot of belief in the changing room and excitement about the situation", he said.
Hazlewood has been all over Root since coming back in to the team for the Lord's Test, getting the England skipper for 14 in the first innings there, and zero, with a second ball peach, at Headingley. I do not know what he was thinking. So the lead-up and preparation was really good.
"I think if we start well again next innings, they might think "here we go again" so it's about creating that doubt in the mind, I think, through the way we've gone about it, is not letting the foot off, just keep going". "In Test cricket it can come in patches and when they're bowling well, you've just got to trust the process and trust the runs will come, they will get exhausted and it will open up".
Root, in on a pair, was 41 not out and Denly 30 not out with their third-wicket stand so far worth 75 runs. Denly acknowledged that his approach and those of his teammates drew something from the way Labuschagne had fought through Lord's and Headingley, surviving chances on 14, 42 and 60 while also being caught behind off a Ben Stokes no-ball when on 35.
Earlier, Labuschagne led Australia to 246 in their second innings.
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"When (Jack) Leachy came in it was pretty clear what had to be done".
"I'll give credit to Australia's bowlers, they bowled into very good areas as they've done throughout the series already". We had to battle hard for the runs and show a bit of grit. Every kid dreams of playing in the Ashes. If he plays another Test as an opener, then someone wants his brains tested.
"I wasn't scoring runs".
England needed things to happen in a hurry in the evening but Australia added another 89 for three in a punishing final session for Stokes. Cricket works that way.
"We've got to keep working with these players because these are the best players we have".
Labuschagne was 74 not out when Cummins´s dismissal left Australia 226-8.
Stuart Broad's domination of Warner continued, the left-hander lbw for duck, Leach's first ball of the match spun sharply to castle Marcus Harris through the gate and Woakes removed Usman Khawaja for 23. And as Labuschagne knows well from this county season, the old Australian phrase of "one brings two" is even truer in these parts.
"Sportspeople always have to be very optimistic when you have an opportunity still to do something", he said.