Root gives England hope of record chase

Captain Joe Root made an unbeaten 67 to keep England in with a slim chance of a remarkable win in the second Ashes Test against Australia in Adelaide.

Root, who overturned being given out lbw and was dropped, took his side to 176-4 in their chase of 354.

In a thrilling and dramatic evening session, he received support from Dawid Malan, who was bowled by Pat Cummins 10 minutes before the close.

That England are still in the contest is not only down to their fourth-wicket pair, but also to some fine lower-order batting in their first innings and an outstanding bowling display in Australia's second innings that continued in Tuesday's first session.

Australia, reduced to 53-4 overnight, were bowled out for 138, with James Anderson claiming his first five-wicket haul in this country.

He was backed up by Chris Woakes' 4-36 and some excellent catching as no home batsman managed to pass 20.

The tourists' momentum continued to build as an opening stand of 53 between Mark Stoneman and Alastair Cook brought Australian frustration and English optimism.

But both men fell tamely and James Vince played an awful stroke, leaving Root and Malan to battle through an intense period under the lights.

Root's continued presence gives England a small chance of pulling off a historic victory on what could be a thrilling final day.

Still, it is more likely that Australia will complete victory on Wednesday, go 2-0 up and move to Perth knowing that the Ashes can be regained at the Waca.

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