Video: Upbeat Trevor Bayliss declares “I think we can do it" as England chase another improbable Ashes win

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“I think we can do it,” declared England coach Trevor Bayliss as his side look to save the Ashes series at Old Trafford.

Australia are just eight wickets from retaining the Ashes as England fell to 18-2 late on Saturday.

Steve Smith made another impressive total of 82 in Manchester as the tourists reached 186 before declaring.

England require 365 runs for the improbable win, six more than the target set at the dramatic Headingley Test two weeks ago.


In all likelihood the hosts will need to bat for the whole of day five in order to earn an unlikely draw and take the series to the final Test at the Oval.








But Bayliss said: “It’s a big challenge but we’ve got two guys out there that are very good players. We’ve certainly got some players in the sheds that can make hundreds.


“It’ll take a couple of our guys to make good hundreds but certainly as we saw in the last Test, anything is possible.”



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Andrew Flintoff: I’d like to coach England one day

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Andrew Flintoff claims he would like to coach England one day.

The former England all-rounder, who played the last of his 79 Tests in 2009, has taken up coaching and has attained the lower-level qualifications.

England are currently looking for a new head coach as Trevor Bayliss is due to step down at the end of this summer’s Ashes, but Flintoff concedes that would be too soon.

The 41-year-old told BBC Test Match Special: “Coaching is definitely an ambition. There are probably two or three coaching jobs I’d like – England, Lancashire or Lancashire Academy.

“I’d love to be England coach one day, just not quite yet.”

Flintoff, who burst onto the scene as a teenager with Lancashire, has already done some coaching work with the county’s under-13 side.

He said: “I’ve got two of my coaching levels – me and (former England team-mate) Steve Harmison might do our level threes soon.”

Flintoff has recently been working in TV, most notably as a presenter on popular motoring programme Top Gear, but claims he has tried to get into top-level coaching before.

He says he applied for the England job when it became available in 2014 but was not taken seriously.

Flintoff, who also played 141 one-day internationals for England, said: “A few years ago I applied for the England coaching job – we were getting beat, I was in the office and thought, ‘I’m going to apply’.

“I wrote an email for the interview, a month passed and I’d heard nothing. I chased it up, then I got a phone call saying they thought it was somebody taking the mick!”

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WATCH: Stuart Broad declares Ashes momentum is with England ahead of Old Trafford Test

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England and Australia will go into battle again as the fourth Ashes Test match gets under way at Old Trafford on Thursday.

Following Ben Stokes’ heroics at Headingley this will be a crunch match, but Stuart Broad said on Monday that the momentum was firmly with England.

The Ashes series is tied at one-all, with one match drawn and two to play.

Should Australia win they are guaranteed to retain the Ashes, as in the event of a drawn series, the urn stays with the holders.


“We’ve come here enjoying what happened last week but know that that’s gone,” explained Broad. “But also not forgetting about that because we can take a lot of energy, a lot of spirit from the way we stayed in that Test match throughout.








“The language within the changing room was always positive and how are we going to get the result. That’s exactly the same mindset that we need here at Old Trafford.”


Watch the video with Broad above.



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