Ashes 2019: Joe Root and Joe Denly keep Australia at bay
Leeds: England captain Joe Root and Joe Denly were fighting hard to prevent a three-day defeat in the third Test after Australia threatened another Ashes rout at Headingley on Saturday.
When Australia took two wickets for no runs in four balls to leave England 15-2, it looked like another dramatic collapse was on the cards following the hosts' woeful 67 — their lowest Ashes total since 1948 — in the first innings.
But at tea on the third day, England had recovered to 90-2.
Root, in on a pair, was 41 not out and Denly 30 not out with their third-wicket stand so far worth 75 runs.
England still needed a further 269 runs to reach an unlikely target of 359 and with 39 overs left in the day there was time for them to be bowled out before stumps.
But they were at least making Australia work for a win that would see them retain the Ashes at 2-0 up with two to play in a five-match series.
Surrey openers Rory Burns and Jason Roy both fell cheaply shortly after lunch.
Left-hander Burns (seven) edged a lifting Pat Cummins delivery to David Warner at first slip before Roy, yet to convince as a Test match opener, played down the wrong line to Josh Hazlewood, who took 5-30 in the first innings, and was bowled.