5th Ashes Test Day 4: England beat Australia by 135 runs

16:26

A great opportunity for Jonny Bairstow to show why he should be England's Test wicket-keeper / batsman.....

16:20

Wicket ..... Stokes bowled by Lyon for 67....

Score Update: ENG 214-3 (64.0 Overs) - Bairstow 0*, Denly 93*

England lead by 283 runs

16:18

Nervous 90s for Joe Denly as he edges towards his maiden Test century.... Denly 93*

16:16

Score Update: ENG 211-2 (63.0 Overs) - Stokes 67*, Denly 90*

England lead by 280 runs

16:14

200 Up for England

Score Update: ENG 205-2 (62.3 Overs) - Stokes 61*, Denly 90*

England lead by 274 runs

16:11

Score Update: ENG 198-2 (62.0 Overs) - Stokes 57*, Denly 87*

England lead by 267 runs

16:06

16:04

The new ball is available in 20 overs and the England batsmen, Joe Denly and Ben Stokes, will be making the most of the old ball while it is in play....

Joe Denly is just 18 runs away from his maiden Test century......

16:02

At this stage, England will now probably be looking at setting Australia a target of 450+  to chase down in the 4th innings.... a good evening session could see England with a lead of 330+ and, with wickets in hand, it could be more at the close of play on Day 3.... Australia will have to dig deep... their top bowlers have bowled on every day of this Test so far and their fielders have made crucial mistakes....

15:44

TEA BREAK : ENG 193-2 (60.0 Overs) - Stokes 57*, Denly 82*

England lead by 262 runs

England will be well pleased with their efforts this session..... the weather is fantastic and England are in a fantastic position here at the Oval as we go into the Tea Break....

15:40

Ben Stokes reached his half century with a six.....

15:37

Score Update: ENG 187-2 (58.0 Overs) - Stokes 55*, Denly 78*

England lead by 256 runs

100 partnership up between Stokes (55) and Denly (41)

15:26

Score Update: ENG 170-2 (55.0 Overs) - Stokes 46*, Denly 70*

England lead by 239 runs

15:20

Score Update: ENG 165-2 (54.0 Overs) - Stokes 42*, Denly 69*

England lead by 234 runs

Match Winner 3-Way

England

Draw

Australia

Things have gone very quiet for Australia.... there does not seem to be a way of breaking through this partnership and Australia are running out of bowling options....

15:11

Score Update: ENG 160-2 (52.0 Overs) - Stokes 40*, Denly 68*

England lead by 229 runs

15:08

Score Update: ENG 155-2 (50.0 Overs) - Stokes 36*, Denly 67*

England lead by 224 runs

Next Man Out - Mr Predictor says: Australia struggling to get a wicket..... so a wicket not for awhile... then probably Joe Denly

15:04

15:03

Score Update: ENG 155-2 (50.0 Overs) - Stokes 36*, Denly 67*

England lead by 224 runs

15:00

150 UP for England.... ENG 151-2

14:58

Score Update: ENG 147-2 (49.0 Overs) - Stokes 36*, Denly 59*

England lead by 216 runs

Match Winner 3-Way

England

Draw

Australia

Mr Predictor says: England still looking good here this afternoon at the Oval..... Stokes and Denly still scoring freely and the England lead ever increasing....

14:54

Score Update: ENG 141-2 (48.0 Overs) - Stokes 35*, Denly 54*

England lead by 210 runs

14:46

Another chance goes begging for Australia..... LBW decision not reviewed on Joe Denly... would have been OUT.... Ooops...... So far a pretty clumsy performance by Australia in the field..... dropped catches... poor DRS decisions... wicket off a no ball....

(Photo Caption: Australia's Mitchell Marsh appeals for the wicket of England's Joe Denly which would have been given out if reviewed)

14:44

Score Update: ENG 135-2 (45.0 Overs) - Stokes 29*, Denly 54*

England lead by 204 runs

14:37

England's Ben Stokes smacks a six into the crowd off Nathan Lyon.....

14:36

Score Update: ENG 133-2 (44.0 Overs) - Stokes 27*, Denly 54*

England lead by 202 runs

Match Winner 3-Way

England

Draw

Australia

Mr Predictor says: England looking good here this afternoon at the Oval..... chances of a Draw are romote.... chances of an Australia win reducing by the over.... chances of an England win..... odds on.....

 

14:28

Score Update: ENG 116-2 (42.0 Overs)

England lead by 182 runs

14:23

Preliminary signs of England trying to up the ante

ENG 113-2 (41.0 Overs)

England lead by 182 runs

Stokes 9, Denly 53

14:16

50 up for Denly

Brings it up with a clip off the pads for a four. Happy times for Denly. The best he has looked throughout the Ashes. He was promoted to open the innings in the 4th Test - midway in the series - and has responded well with half-centuries in back to back matches. Has done enough to retain his place for England's Test series against New Zealand.

14:12

Bowling change

Hazlewood replaces Cummins. Australia want to keep one of Cummins or Hazlewood going from one end at all times.

14:11

Smith drops Stokes!

Stokes is going after Lyon and he tries to cut one which goes quickly to Steve Smith at first slip. With the pace it went, half a chance really, but these are the chances that change the course of the match.

14:08

O Gosh! Stokes... just about

The short-ball trap is set for Stokes. As he miscues a pull and the ball goes high, English fans have their hearts in their mouth for a moment.

14:05

100 Up

England reach 100 with 8 wickets still in hand and Denly looking good for a big hand. The Aussie quicks are tiring and the pitch is not offering much for the bowlers either.

13:52

Mr Predictor Next Man out


BA Stokes or JL Denly?

Mr Predictor says Denly

13:46

Back after Lunch. Denly starts off with a boundary.

ENG 93-2 (31.0 Overs)

England lead by 162 runs

Stokes 1, Denly 41

13:06
13:05

Lunch Update

England already have a healthy lead of 157 with considerable batting to come. Moreover, they have several free-stroking batsmen like Jos Buttler, Jonny Bairstow and Sam Curran in the shed who can help them race to 300 or more which would be a mountain to climb for Australia in the 4th innings.

It's about not going berserk but cashing in on the boundary balls. As the pressure mounts on Australia and the field opens, the game will begin to shift rapidly. 

Back in 40 minutes

13:02

Lunch break

ENG 88-2 (30.0 Overs)

England lead by 157 runs

Stokes 0, Denly 37

12:54

Bowling change

Change of ends for Mitchell Marsh

12:54

Rough 'em up

There's a big rough outside the left-hander's off stump and Lyon is targetting that against Ben Stokes.

12:52

Next man in - Ben Stokes