Australia look to avoid early end to Ashes series

England are looking to clinch a third straight Ashes series win for the first time since 1981.

updated: July 31, 2013 20:07 IST
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Manchester: Old Trafford has witnessed some memorable Ashes feats down the years, Shane Warne's so-called "Ball of the Century" in 1993 and Jim Laker's 19-wicket haul in 1956 high on the list. (Also read: Australia hope Shane Warne can help spinners turn corner)

If Australia is to avoid an embarrassingly early end to the 2013 Ashes series, it will have to pull off another in the third Test starting Thursday.

Down 2-0 in the five-match series, on a run of six straight Test defeats and with their batting department in disarray, few are giving the embattled tourists a chance.

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