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Analyst at the Ashes: 'Ben Stokes showed real valour with the bat'

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Australia 385 & 369-6dec; England 251 & 251-5

Following play on day four of the Third Test in Perth, cricket analyst Simon Hughes is impressed with England's Ben Stokes who showed "some real valour and fortitude with the bat".

Rookie Ben Stokes kept England's faint hopes alive with his maiden Test half-century as the visitors fought to save the Ashes series against a rampant Australia on Monday.

Set an improbable 504 to win, England were 251 for five at stumps on day four, still 252 runs behind with just five wickets in hand on a heavily cracked Perth pitch.

Stokes, playing just his second Test, was providing resistance on 72, with wicketkeeper Matt Prior on seven and all of England's top order back in the pavilion.

Australia will be heavily favoured to mop up England's tail on the final day and regain the famous Ashes urn for the first time since 2007 after their big wins in Brisbane and Adelaide.

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