Stokes’ fifty brightens England on day 4 of Perth Test

Perth, Dec 16: England find themselves battling hard to save the Ashes after ending Day 4 of the Perth Test at 249/5 chasing a target of 504 runs, with Ben Stokes doing a good job of maintaining the flow of runs.

Earlier, Australia declared their innings at 369/6 to set up a humongous chase for England.

George Bailey equaled Brian Lara’s record of most runs in a Test over as he struck 28 off an over of James Anderson.

For the visitors, Michael Carberry made 31; Kevin Pietersen made 45 while Ian Bell made a quick 60 run-knock before falling to Peter Siddle.

Ben Stokes (72 not out) and Matt Prior (5 not out) are currently occupying the crease. (ANI)