28 Dec 2010

Australia hanging on but still a long way to go in Melbourne

5:54 pm on 28 December 2010

Australia are heading towards stumps on day three of the fourth Ashes cricket test against England clinging to the match on 102 for 2 in their second innings still trailing the tourists by 313 runs.

After finally bowling England out for a first innings total of 513 the Australian batsmen started strongly before losing two wickets, and the hosts know they have a long way to go if they're to fight their way back into the test.

Vice-captain Michael Clarke and captain Ricky Ponting are currently at the crease for the home side with one session left to play before stumps.

Earlier home town hero paceman Peter Siddle gave the MCG fans something to cheer about, bagging three English wickets to take figures of 6-75, in a spirited performance with the ball.

England's number three Jonathan Trott was unbeaten on 168 for England, hitting 14 fours in a disciplined eight-hour performance.

The five-match series is level at one-all and an England win in Melbourne would allow the tourists to retain the Ashes.