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Last Updated: Saturday July 23 2005 17:35 GMT

Cricket: England facing Test loss

Australian players celebrate against England

England face defeat in the first Test in the Ashes series against Australia, finishing day three on 156-5.

England are a whopping 264 runs behind the tourists with two days left in the match, and will need something amazing to avoid a heavy defeat at Lord's.

Realistically only the weather can save England now, but rain is forecast for the final two days of the match.

Australia were all out for 384, setting England 420 to win, which will be a world record run-chase if successful.

England started their attempt in solid fashion getting to 80 not out, but five wickets then fell in 13 overs to leave the hosts in deep trouble.

Marcus Trescothick and Andrew Strauss both looked comfortable until spinner Shane Warne started bowling, but then wickets started to fall.

Warne snared Trescothick, Ian Bell and Andrew Flintoff while Strauss and Michael Vaughan both fell to speedster Brett Lee.