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Can Joe Root conjure a new Headingley miracle? England captain leads from the front during Ashes fightback in third Test Joe Root put up an unbeaten 75 to lead from the front in the Ashes third Test  The England captain is attempting to salvage the series while at Headingley England are trying to make history at a ground where they have had rich success 

By Chris Stocks For The Mail On Sunday

Published: 22:42 BST, 24 August 2019 | Updated: 22:47 BST, 24 August 2019

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Joe Root led from the front with his highest score of the Ashes series so far to keep alive hopes of another Headingley miracle against Australia.

Root's unbeaten 75, an innings that followed successive ducks for England's captain, led his team to 156 for three at the end of the third day of this third Test.

They start the fourth needing another 203 in their second innings to pull off an England-record Test run chase.

Joe Root is leading by example as England attempt to salvage the third Test of the Ashes

Joe Root is leading by example as England attempt to salvage the third Test of the Ashes

They will at least be trying to create history at a ground where they have enjoyed barely-believable success in the past against Australia - namely in 1981 when Ian Botham inspired them to a famous win after they were forced to follow on and 2001 when Mark Butcher's 173 helped the hosts chase down 315.

Joe Denly, who scored a half-century on Saturday to help keep alive his own Test career, admitted Root's performance has been crucial in convincing a team routed for 67 on day two that they can prevent Australia from taking an insurmountable 2-0 lead that would see them retain the Ashes with two Tests to spare.

'Any time Joe Root is scoring

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