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The Ashes: Five things we learnt from third Test

The battle to win the Ashes is well and truly on after England fought back to win the third Test, but Australia are still in the box seat.

Following another close, exciting encounter at Headingley, England just managed to get over the line when winning by three wickets.

Victory for Australia would have seen them win the Ashes, but they now have to settle for a 2-1 series lead with two Tests to play.

It is well and truly game on, but everyone now gets a chance to catch their breath and recover before heading to Old Trafford, Manchester, for the fourth Test next week.

The third Test again had a bit of everything, but what five things did we learn as England fought their way back into the series?

Australia face a tough battle

If Australia did not know it before, they will do now, they are involved in a big battle to win the Ashes.

Leading the series 2-0 heading to Headingley, the Aussies will have been confident of getting the series wrapped up.

However, England showed great character to win and keep the series alive. Old Trafford is another intimidating venue for the opposition and Australia will now have to show what they are made of in Manchester.

It is too close to call with both sides priced at 2.37 to win the Test.

Aussies wary of Woakes and Wood

Without a doubt England pulled off a masterstroke by bringing both Chris Woakes and Chris Wood back into their side.

Wood with his devastating pace, took seven wickets in the match, while Woakes took six.

They both chipped in with crucial lower-order runs as well, particularly in the second innings.

Their 24-run partnership, when under pressure, got England over the line and Australia will need to come up with a plan to deal with them in the fourth Test.

Wood is priced at 7.00 to be the top first innings bowler.

Bowling concerns exposed

Australia may not have missed Nathan Lyon too much in the second Test, but they did in the third.

Both Pat Cummins and Mitchell Starc were outstanding, Cummins took six wickets in the first innings, Starc five in the second.

But the rest of the bowling attack failed to deliver, taking just three wickets between them, and it will be a concern for the selectors.

Cummins and Starc are both priced at 6.00 to be top first innings bowler in the fourth Test.

Warner is back under pressure

After getting back to somewhere near his best form at Lord's, opening batsman David Warner failed to shine in Leeds.

Warner managed just five runs over his two innings, and once again his nemesis Stuart Broad got him out on both occasions.

It has kicked off suggestions that Warner could be dropped for the fourth Test, but skipper Cummins has spoken out in support of his under-fire opener.

If Warner keeps his place and comes good, he can be backed at 13.00 to be the Top Batter in the first innings at Old Trafford.

Marsh is the man

Mitchell Marsh was back in the side and without his runs, Australia would have been in even bigger trouble.

The West Aussie smashed 118 runs off the same amount of deliveries in the first innings and chipped in with 28 in the second.

Marsh also took the wicket of ZaK Crawley and he has to keep his place in the side at Old Trafford.

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