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Australia chasing five England wickets

27/11/2006 05:54:31 AM Comments (0)

Australia is after five wickets to give it a big win over England in the first Ashes Test at the Gabba.

The tourists will start the fifth and final day on 5-293 in their second innings, with their only hopes of saving the match resting with batsman Kevin Pietersen and wicketkeeper Geraint Jones.

Pietersen will resume on 92 and Jones on 12.

Thunderstorms forecast for late Monday might also help England's cause.

The tourists require another 355 runs for an improbable win, but will be more focused on batting out time to save the match.

Shane Warne, who has 4-108 this innings, looms as Australia's most important bowler on a wicket which continues to open up.

Australia will also be hopeful captain Ricky Ponting can take part, as he did not field on Sunday because of back pain.

Bowler Glenn McGrath also spent time off the ground with a heel problem, but he and Ponting are both expected to take part.

Play starts at 10am (Brisbane time).

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