Australia needs 174 more runs and England seven more wickets to win a gripping Ashes series opener that will be decided on the fifth and final day at Edgbaston.
Chasing 281 to win, Australia was 107-3 at stumps on the fourth day Monday, and both sides were feeling good about their chances of prevailing in what has been a tight test.
After Australia lost the wickets of David Warner, Marnus Labuschagne and Steve Smith in a span of eight overs in the last session, Usman Khawaja stood firm again to be 34 not out with nightwatchman Scott Boland on a career-best 13 not out.
Going into the final day’s play, Warner spoke about how Australia will approach the run chase and will also have one eye on the weather.
“There’s going to be a bit of weather around but we can’t control that,” Warner said in a conversation with SEN Cricket.
“If it rains and rains heavy, I think it will burn off and that’s what the predictions are.
“You’ve got to just keep that out of your mind and play as the ball comes at you, respect each delivery and then look to score.”
“For us it’s about going out there and playing the way that you play. You can’t go into your shell. The positive thing is the wicket isn’t going up and down as much as you’d think from a deteriorating wicket, probably on the lower side. If we keep being patient and we keep looking to score, we’ll go a long way in this game.”
There have been only two higher successful run chases at Edgbaston, 283 by South Africa against England in 2008 and a ‘Bazball’ 378 against India last year. Australia chased 282 here in 2005 and famously lost by two runs.