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England captain Joe Root's batting on his home ground on Day 4 holds key to this Ashes.

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Overs 85-90 --> Pat Cummins comes back for a new spell with this second new ball and is launched into the stands by Ben Stokes. Headingley makes some noise, the loudest on the day, and it suddenly looks possible. That's where things stand. If you were to start watching this Test match from this moment, you wouldn't know that Australia are still in the game. The decibels at Headingley won't let you. James Pattinson has been wayward too. Where's Nathan Lyon?

On the atmosphere: It's unbelievable, the energy at Headingley today! Every run is being cheered, so England getting past 200 runs in this difficult run chase drew a frighteningly unsynchronized applause from the crowd, which is so unEngland, and so very endearing. Jonny Bairstow and Ben Stokes look determined at the crease. And it's not just their footwork. It's also the way they are batting, pinching singles, running between the wickets, talking in between overs on this pitch that's now been baled flat by the local sun. Think years of binging of cricket gives me the rights to occasional cognitive conclusions. Am predicting an England win.

Overs 79-84 --> Okay, so things have calmed down a bit. England haven't melted in this Headingley heat. Not yet. Australia have taken the second new ball -- a sentence I didn't really expect to be typing after 67 all out. Not so soon anyway -- but England have looked largely in control. Hazlewood is getting good pace and bounce and is bowling it nice and full.. as two boundaries from Bairstow, one edged through cordon and other nailed through cover, would suggest. We still have a good contest on our hands, telling ya. As long as Stokes is there, the magic of 1981 is never far away.

Statbuzz: With that Root wicket, Nathan Lyon has gone past Dennis Lillee to become the third-highest wicket-taker for Australia. (How many of you thought it's going be an offspinner?

Overs 73-78 --> YES, JOE ROOT HAS FALLEN. No run for the first 20 minutes on the day and you felt like something's gotta give. The period even had Ben Stokes being hit on the helmet so hard by Josh Hazlewood that his neck guard flew off. That was scary to watch. But Root, who moments earlier had scored the first runs of the morning with nudge off Pattinson, uses his feet on the second ball he faced from Lyon, and inside-edges it on the pad.. and wait, it's flying over Paine.. but wait, what?... Warner has dived to his left and absolutely nailed this catch. How many has he taken already in this Test? Wow that's some catch. I sunk a little in my seat realizing how I can never pull that off.

Building it up....

If England's rubbish batting had you making plans for this Sunday, luring you into thinking you're finally going to catch up with that friend you never seem to have the time for, then good luck. You are going to have to make a fresh excuse. Migraines make for the best ones. There's no way someone can know what's going on inside your head.

And why would you meet a friend today? Can't really enjoy redeeming your past no-shows, boosting your dwindling social skills with some liquid courage at a local pub while Joe Root hits those series-levelling runs. And even if England lose, Australia will go on to retain the Ashes. In England. Which is huge. And don't worry. Friends stick by... it's the cricket that you've to be careful with.

As we wait for the toss, good time to catch up on some reading. Bharat Sundaresan, probably mimicking a cricketer right now, writes about Marnus Labuschagne's medical love affair with Australia's team doctor Richard Saw. Vithushan Ehantharajah, probably in splits sitting beside Bharat, wrote on Denly and how he seems to have saved himself from some demons. Yes we all love Imagine Dragons.

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