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England 'can still win' - Flower

Third Ashes Test, Edgbaston (day three, no play possible (rain):
England 116-2 v Australia 263
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Teams still hopeful of Ashes result

England coach Andy Flower believes a result is still possible in the third Ashes Test despite a complete washout of the third day at Edgbaston.

Play was abandoned without a ball being bowled at 1430 BST after persistent rain left huge puddles on the outfield.

Brighter weather is forecast for Sunday when England will resume on 116-2, 147 runs behind Australia's total of 263.

"You can see how quickly things can happen, a result is definitely possible," Flower told BBC 5 Live.

"There's still a long way to go in this game. Looking at the outfield, I don't know how much play we're going to get tomorrow (Sunday) either.

"(Groundsman) Steve Rouse has said we might get 70 overs in, and that would be a godsend if we did.

"To put them (Australia) under pressure, we need to bat well all day tomorrow, get a lead and then put them in on the final day."

England lead the series 1-0 after a 115-run win at Lord's.

If the match ends in a draw, the hosts will be in a strong position with two Tests to play - next week's fourth Test at Headingley and the fifth and final Test at The Oval.

But Australia need only to draw the series to retain the Ashes urn.

We are going to have to bowl very well to give ourselves a chance

Australia all-rounder Shane Watson

The third Test was already hampered by inclement weather with only one session possible on the opening day when Australia raced to 126-1.

But a fine exhibition of swing bowling from James Anderson and Graham Onions on Friday saw Australia collapse to 263 all out.

When play does resume, England captain Andrew Strauss, the first player of the series to score more than 300 runs, will resume on 64 not out, with Ian Bell unbeaten on 26.

While time could be against either team forcing a result, Australia have also not given up hope of levelling the series.

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All-rounder Shane Watson, who marked his first Test outing as an opener with 62 in the first innings, says his team must take every wicket-taking opportunity if they want to gain the upper-hand.

"I think there's a possibility (of a result) but I'm not exactly sure how it's going to pan out," he said.

"For us to win, we are going to have to bowl very well to give ourselves a chance.

"Because we are 1-0 down we can't afford to have too many draws. When we get out there tomorrow, we are going to have to be at our best to get these last eight wickets."



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