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From Stephan Shemilt
BBC Sport in Old Trafford
Exactly on from their past one, England will request another best day.
So as to save the Ashes, an urn they've been desperately clinging to for so long their fingertips have no 29, they do and the claws are ripped in the beds.
A fortnight ago at Headingley, it was win or bust. There was also too long left in the Test for it to be drawn. England either pulled off a magnificent run-chase, or else they had been beaten.
At Old Trafford, there will be no pursuit, no Ben Stokes endangering spectators with sixes, no Australians staring into the distance as they grab defeat from the jaws of success.
It will be all about survival - 98 overs of all backs-to-the-wall repulsion of 3 tearaway fast bowlers and a scheming off-spinner who'll feel as he owes his team an minute.
Mere occupation of the crease, as opposed to attempting to win the match, was the magnitude of this task even before the late carnage of Saturday, when England's two greatest scorers of their first innings - Rory Burns and Joe Root - were all eliminated from Sunday's equation by consecutive Pat Cummins deliveries.
At that stage, England were two wickets down to fewer runs than the counterparts were to goals in Wembley.
A Old Trafford audience which was treated to some day which was nearly the series in microcosm was silenced by the drama. This was a greatest hits, except for Stokes.
There were times when wickets tumbled and the pace bowlers of either side seemed irresistible.
Jonny Bairstow was bowled because Jonny Bairstow is constantly bowled. The hooks in a bowling alley, spending time pumped more than they're upright, although his stumps are not a fortress to be defended with his own life.
Stuart Broad got David Warner since Stuart Broad consistently gets David Warner. Six times Warner's third successive duck, in eight innings. Broad has created Warner his rabbit - he must keep him in a hutch and nourish him .
Since they will taunt Nathan Lyon, Nathan Lyon was taunted by the England fans. From the party stand, cricket equivalent of a nightclub just with laminate flooring, it might have been mandatory to wear three layers for the times that the sun dipped behind a blur, but didn't stop Lyon being mocked each time he caught the ball.
His Headingley fumble might still haunts lyon - he hasn't taken - but on the occasion within this show that England tried through a day that was final, it was Lyon who breathed them out.
And Steve Smith produced because runs are always made by Steve Smith runs.
Yes, there were times when Broad and Jofra Archer were flooding England supporters with belief, to the point that each and every conversation seemed to stop"when we can only get Smith out".
But Smith does not get out. Not , anyhow. And his sense of occasion failed him. Smith love of batting proved to be the refusal of a moment of party, whereas the allowance of a mistake or error of judgement would have routed Old Trafford, Greater Manchester and also the nation into rapture.
In fact, as he moved through the gears, he demonstrated he's maddening ticks, umpteen nudges off the pads and cover drives that his footwork does not have more right to allow.
In a single Archer over, he also played a short-arm pull like a guy whose arms were operated by a puppeteer, followed that up with a geometry-bending late cut to a rescue that was on the leg stump and ended with an overarm burst at a bouncer that could have been a guy playing tennis with a frying pan.
In the frivolity of it all he holed out his lowest score of the show, for 82, and looked livid by himself. The declaration came soon after, enabling the one-two combination that floored Burns and Root to be delivered by Cummins.
Just England haven't been really good at saving Test matches. The previous time they batted through a day to save a game Sir Alex Ferguson Smith had to make a Test decision and Sam Curran was just 14.
They used to do it fairly frequently. Matt on the 2013 tour of New Zealand at Dunedin in Auckland and Steven Finn. Graham Onions in South Africa at 2009-10.
If they need Ashes inspiration, Monty Panesar in Cardiff and James Anderson is this season.
To get something on this floor, they could look to the 2005 Australians defied England on the day that thousands were locked out.
And imagine when they pull it all off. A finale in The Oval this summer of all summers truly deserves.
Analysis and view in the cricket correspondent of the BBC.
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