Cricket: England avoid follow-on in third Ashes Test

England's Matt Prior plays a shot during the fourth day of the third Ashes cricket Test match between England and Australia at Old Trafford in Manchester, north-west England on Sunday, Aug 4, 2013. England avoided the follow-on on the fourth day of t
England's Matt Prior plays a shot during the fourth day of the third Ashes cricket Test match between England and Australia at Old Trafford in Manchester, north-west England on Sunday, Aug 4, 2013. England avoided the follow-on on the fourth day of the third Test against Australia at Old Trafford on Sunday. -- PHOTO: AFP

MANCHESTER (AFP) - England avoided the follow-on on the fourth day of the third Test against Australia at Old Trafford on Sunday.

England, 2-0 up in the five-match series and only needing a draw in this clash to retain the Ashes, resumed on Sunday on 294 for seven in reply to Australia's first-innings 527 for seven declared, a huge deficit of 233 runs.

But they only required 34 more to reach a total of 328 that would ensure Australia had to bat again.

Matt Prior and Stuart Broad, England's two not out batsmen overnight, got England to their target without losing a wicket, with Broad's back foot-driven four off fast bowler Ryan Harris, the sixth boundary of the morning, seeing the hosts past 328.