England avoided the follow-on on the fourth day of the third Test against Australia at Old Trafford on Sunday.

England, 2-0 up in the five-match series and only needing a draw in this clash to retain the Ashes, resumed Sunday on 294 for seven in reply to Australia's first innings 527 for seven declared, a huge deficit of 233 runs.

But they only required 34 more to reach a total of 328 that would ensure Australia had to bat again.

Matt Prior and Stuart Broad, England's two not out batsmen overnight, got England to their target without losing a wicket, with Broad's back foot-driven four off fast bowler Ryan Harris, the sixth boundary of the morning, seeing the hosts past 328.

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