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Pat Cummins’ side will be hoping for rain at Old Trafford after they were dominated by the host’s Bazball batting on day three.

England blasted 592 in the first innings despite Josh Hazlewood’s five-wicket haul, with Jonny Bairstow’s unbeaten 99 stealing the show.

The tourists were then thrown to the wolves with England taking 4-113 in response, still trailing by 162 runs, with Marnus Labuschagne (44*) and Mitchell Marsh (1*) unbeaten at stumps.

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With two days left, England are in a dominant position to level the series and take the 2023 Ashes to a blockbuster decider – if rain subsides.

According to the UK’s Met Office, heavy rain is predicted with a 90 per cent chance of showers from 6:00am to 11:00am local time.

That figure drops to 80 per cent at midday before a 20 per cent decrease is seen between 1pm and 3pm before it increases back to 80 per cent.

England will be desperate to take the field and skittle the tourists with Mark Wood’s speed proving to be a crucial factor to their success.

His 3-17 on day three destroyed Australia’s top order, proving the current urn-holders have been truly outclassed at Old Trafford.

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“I’d be very pleased if it rains,” Josh Hazlewood admitted.

“It’s obviously forecast, and forecasts can change all the time, but it would be great to lose a few overs — it would make our job a bit easier.”

“Obviously the way in which we have played the game and have played the way over the past 18 months is something we are very proud of,” Bairstow said in response to those comments.

“If that’s the comments that are coming through, well the weather is the weather. I’m not (British weatherman) Michael Fish.”

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