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Live Reporting

By Tom Rostance and Jack Skelton

All times stated are UK

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  1. What a day

    England came into day three needing a miracle.

    They still need one to save this Test and the Ashes, but it's looking a lot more achievable now.

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    Join us on Sunday morning as England chase 359 to win, while Australia look to wrap up the last seven wickets and keep th eurn Down Under.

    Until then, you can catch up with all of today's play in the match report here.

    Cheers!

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    Michael Vaughan

    Ex-England captain on BBC Test Match Special

    England have the chance to make history.

    Let's hope they get over the line because the atmosphere at Headingley will be incredible if they do.

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    Michael Vaughan

    Ex-England captain on BBC Test Match Special

    England have won the World Cup and that's with them forever. But just because they've done that it doesn't mean they have to play Test cricket.

    Places are under threat. Jos Buttler and Jonny Bairstow need runs tomorrow.

    For the amount of talent that Buttler has, to only get one century in 34 Tests isn't good enough.

    Similiarly, Bairstow only has six Test tons - not enough for his talent.

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    Alastair Cook

    Former England captain on BBC Test Match Special

    England have to believe they are going to win. Joe Root will have another message in his mind tomorrow morning for the players to follow.

    Those first two hours are vital for England to have a chance. If they add 70-80 more runs for the loss of maybe two wickets to the new ball, that leaves you 120 to get with five wickets in hand. You can win from there.

    But Root and Stokes will have to produce two great performances.

  5. 'No doubt we'll win'

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    Australia batsman Marnus Labuschagne: "The wicket has flattened out a bit, we have the new ball due in eight overs which is good for us. We have got to stick to our process, shut that scoreboard down and challenge both edges of the bat ball in, ball out.

    "If we do that I've no doubt we will win the match. It's been good for me, I have been batting well. You get opportunities in different ways.

    "I had a few chances out there, luck can change very quickly and it was disappointing to be run out at the end."

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    Glenn McGrath

    Ex-Australia bowler on BBC Test Match Special

    England have a chance, they showed some fight today. This is the partnership - Ben Stokes and Joe Root - who have to do the bulk of the work.

    But Australia know all it takes is a couple of early wickets tomorrow, to break this partnership and it can all change quickly.

    It takes a long time to tick the scoreboard over.

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    Matthew Henry

    BBC Sport at Headingley

    A loud, rousing cheer from the crowd at the end of the day. England make day four after all. They couldn’t, could they?

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    Michael Vaughan

    Ex-England captain on BBC Test Match Special

    The frustration is, why can't England lock in this performance all the time? For the most part England had the bit between their teeth. If it needs criticism to fire them up to play the right way, I'll criticise them all the time.

    It needs hard work. You can't just rock up and play this Australia attack. You've got to put the hard yards in and England did that today. But I feel yesterday's batting will still cost them this Test.

  9. 'I rate our chances very highly'

    BBC Radio 5 Live Sports Extra

    More from Joe Denly to TMS: "We were disappointed with the 67 and it wasn't good enough but it's about showing character and fight in this second innings. We believe. If we get one or two more partnerships tomorrow, we're in with a real shout.

    "County cricket does a little bit to prepare you for this, though. Australia's attack has three world-class seamers and a world-class spinner as well. You have to be up for it all the time. If you let up, you lose your wicket. I wasn't expecting that bumper from Hazlewood and it shows you have to be ready at all times.

    "When you are up against an attack like that and they get momentum they take the opportunity. We needed more fight and character but we can't dwell on that. We've got to look forward to tomorrow.

    "I rate our chances very highly, there are not too many demons in the pitch. Their bowlers are going to get tired. The new ball will be tricky but a few of our batters are due some runs. Hopefully we can start well tomorrow and get in a great position."

  10. 'England have a sniff'

    Alastair Cook

    Former England captain on BBC Test Match Special

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    The frustration has been that that collapse happens too often with England and it has cost them dearly in the past.

    There is the chance that they might get away with it in this game. That partnership was gutsy, it was brave and it has given England a sniff of a chance.

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    Michael Vaughan

    Ex-England captain on BBC Test Match Special

    Joe Denly's place has been in doubt but he played really well today. He showed a lot of character.

  12. 'It was tricky at times'

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    England batsman Joe Denly, speaking on TMS: "It was frustrating to get a couple of starts and not go on but I am pleased with my knock today.

    "That partnership with Rooty was crucial, it's always important to try and keep the Aussies quiet. Very happy at the end of the day.

    "It was tricky at times. The bounce was a bit inconsistent so I just tried to duck and weave and ride it out. I knew they would come hard but they couldn't run in all day at the pace so it was about grinding them down and making them come back for their third and fourth spells."

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    Alastair Cook

    Former England captain on BBC Test Match Special

    There are eight overs until the new ball. That first session tomorrow is vital. If England can get through it unscathed, it's going to be a tremendous chase.

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    Josh Hurst: Who really thought England would survive the day?! Proper Test batting. After that swipe by Stokes in the first innings, now he's 2 off 50 balls, amazing.

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    Alastair Cook

    Former England captain on BBC Test Match Special

    Game on. England were a bit ragged with the ball this morning, still a bit frustrated from yesterday.

    But they've been really disciplined and determined with the bat, led by Joe Root. Joe Denly was brave for getting through a real going over by the Aussie quicks.

    That partnership has given England a sniff. We're in for a hell of a day tomorrow.

  16. Three down at the close

    Australia have had to work hard for their wickets today, they need seven more to win the match and retain the Ashes.

    Here's how the men out went...

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    Isa Guha

    Ex-England women's bowler on BBC Test Match Special

    Huge applause from the crowd. A standing ovation for Joe Root and Ben Stokes for surviving to the close.

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    Joe Root's name is loudly chanted/cheered from the stands. The England skipper needed a knock today and he's dug one out, 75* off a mammoth 189 balls.

    If today was a test of character you'd have to say he passes.

    Joe Root gestures to the crowd as he leaves the field unbeaten on 75 at close of play on the third day of the third Ashes cricket Test match between England and Australia at Headingley