ENGLAND supporters were daring to dream as their team set off in pursuit of an all-time national-record run chase to complete an astounding reversal of fortune in Adelaide.

James Anderson’s maiden five-wicket haul in Australia, and four from Chris Woakes, helped Joe Root’s men bowl their hosts out for 138 by tea on day four to give themselves a highly-improbable victory target of 354 in this inaugural pink-ball Ashes Test.

Mark Stoneman and Alastair Cook then took England to 38 without loss after 10 overs of their second innings.

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THEREAS May pulled out at the last minute from a deal to break the Brexit logjam after meeting fierce resistance from the Democratic Unionist Party, Ireland’s prime minister has claimed.

Crunch talks between Mrs May and European Commission president Jean-Claude Juncker ended in Brussels without a deal after the DUP – which props up the minority Conservative Government in Westminster – made clear it would not accept any arrangement which saw Northern Ireland treated differently from the rest of the UK.

Irish Taioseach Leo Varadkar said he was “surprised and disappointed” by the break-up of talks just hours after all sides confirmed they were satisfied with a text which would guarantee “regulatory alignment” between Northern Ireland and the Republic in order to prevent the imposition of a hard border.

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ONE in four of the nation’s nurses is obese, a new study suggests.

With almost half of English nurses over the age of 45, this “poses a likely future burden of ill health for the healthcare workforce”, researchers said.

Experts said the figures were “deeply worrying”.

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NEARLY 200 suspected paedophiles were arrested in just one week as investigators warned of a rise in the use of live streaming to groom, blackmail and abuse victims.

The National Crime Agency (NCA) said a UK-wide operation in October had saved 245 children from harm and 192 people were detained.

Nearly a third (30%) of the cases involved the most serious offences including live streaming, blackmail and grooming and 18 of those arrested were said to be in a position of trust, working in areas such as teaching, healthcare and criminal justice.

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Police believe dangerous suspects are using live streaming to bombard their targets with comments, using dares, threats or the offer of rewards such as ‘game points’, to try and manipulate them into nudity on a webcam.