Cricket: England put under pressure by Australia

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England’s batsmen must respond to the pressure applied by Michael Clarke if they are to retain the Ashes in Manchester after all.

For the first time in this Investec series, thanks largely to Clarke’s tour-de-force 187 and then a nervy start from England’s top order, the hosts are behind the game after Australia piled up 527 for seven declared on day two of the third Test at Emirates Old Trafford.

Clarke and Steve Smith (89) extended their record stand to 214 today; then either side of tea, Brad Haddin (65no) and Mitchell Starc (66no) put on another 97 in under 20 overs.

In 30 more before stumps, England lost Sheffield’s Joe Root for just eight and then Yorkshire’s Tim Bresnan to Peter Siddle in a vulnerable 52 for two.