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England closes in on Ashes

TWO run outs for Australia in six balls - skipper Ricky Ponting for 63 and vice captain Michael Clarke for a duck - put England on the verge of regaining the Ashes yesterday as the tourists slipped to 265-5 at tea on the fourth day of the deciding fifth test at The Oval in London.

Australia, seeking an unlikely world-record run chase of 546, still requires a further 281 runs for victory or needs to survive another four sessions for the draw that would see the Ashes retained, while England needs five more wickets. Mike Hussey, without a test century since last October and who was averaging 22 in the series before this innings, was 77 not out at the interval while Brad Haddin was on 10. England needs to win to regain the Ashes.


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