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Last Updated: Friday, 12 August 2005, 18:24 GMT 19:24 UK
Jones aiming to enforce follow-on
Simon Jones and Andrew Flintoff
Jones and Flintoff unsettled the Aussies with some hostile bowling
England will look to defy the dismal Manchester weather forecast and put Australia in deeper trouble when play resumes in the third Test on Saturday.

Heavy rain is predicted at Old Trafford but, at 210-7, Australia are 35 short of the follow-on, as paceman Simon Jones, who took 3-30, is well aware.

"Hopefully we can make them follow-on, have a go at them and maybe finish the game a little bit earlier," he said.

"I know if all the boys bowl as well as they can we'll get them in trouble."

Jones made some vital breakthroughs, dismissing Ricky Ponting with the first ball after tea, ousting dangerman Adam Gilchrist and then Michael Clarke with the first ball of a new spell.

"I really do enjoy bowling with the old ball, especially at Old Trafford - the ball does reverse quickly," he explained.

"The Australians got it going after something like 15 overs. It normally doesn't go that fast. I find it easier than the new ball sometimes.

"Australia have got a very good batting line-up but we've got a good bowling attack and we back ourselves against most countries in the world.

"I read some stuff in the papers saying they like the challenge of playing us and that we're the only team for a while that's really challenged them.

"That's great for us. We've played well for the last two years and we wanted to play the Aussies and see how good we really are."

It was a great catch, it gets you started when you get one of those in your first over and it certainly helped me out
Ashley Giles praises Ian Bell

Spinner Ashley Giles paid tribute to his Warwickshire colleague Ian Bell for his superb catch to oust Justin Langer.

Bell pouched a sensational reflex catch to his right at short leg to break a stubborn opening partnership of 58 between Langer and Matthew Hayden.

"It was a great catch," said Giles, who captured 3-66 from 21 overs.

"It gets you started when you get one of those in your first over and it certainly helped me out.

"Warney played well though and took his chances, he picked the balls well to come down the wicket and hit."

Giles was unsure whether a decision had been made about whether skipper Michael Vaughan would enforce the follow-on, should England capture the final three Australian wickets for less than 35 runs.

"I've no idea," he said. "That's down to Michael, the brains of the outfit."

Interview: England spinner Ashley Giles

Interview: England's Simon Jones


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