5th Ashes Test: England lead Australia by 382 runs at close of play on Day 3 at the Oval

Ben Stokes 67 for England today at the Oval
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Another gripping day’s play saw England ending the 3rd day at the Oval with a lead of 382 runs over Australia with 2 wickets remaining.

Match Summary

England 294 (Jos Buttler 70, Joe Root 54; Mitchell Marsh 5-46) and 313-8 (Joe Denly 94, Ben Stokes 67, Jos Buttler 47; Nathan Lyon 3-65, Mitch Marsh 2-40, Peter Siddle 2-52)

Australia – 225 (Steve Smith 80; Jofra Archer 6-62)

At the Close – Day 3 - England lead Australia by 382 with 2 wickets remaining

Scorecard

InPlay

England ended the day on 313-8, with Joe Denly 94, Ben Stokes 67 and Jos Buttler 47 the main run getters for England and Nathan Lyon 3-65, Mitch Marsh 2-40 and Peter Siddle 2-52, the top wicket takers for Australia.

It was a clumsy day for Australia, until the last 30 minutes of play – they missed DRS opportunities, they dropped catches and took a wicket off a no ball in this innings. However, they came back hard towards the close of play, taking two stunning catches to dismiss Woakes and Buttler – one by Smith in the slips and the other by Labuschagne in the outfield.

England are still favourites to win this match and although they lead by 382 runs overnight, there are still 2 days left to play and Warner is due a big score and England still have to figure a way of getting Steve Smith out early.

Join us InPlay tomorrow for what will no doubt be another action packed day of Ashes Test cricket.

England - Rory Burns, Joe Denly, Joe Root(c), Ben Stokes, Jonny Bairstow(wk), Jos Buttler, Sam Curran, Chris Woakes, Jofra Archer, Stuart Broad, Jack Leach

Australia- David Warner, Marcus Harris, Marnus Labuschagne, Steve Smith, Matthew Wade, Mitchell Marsh, Tim Paine(c)(wk), Pat Cummins, Peter Siddle, Nathan Lyon, Josh Hazlewood

Start Time: 11:00

Toss: Australia won the toss and decided to field

Venue: Kia Oval, London

Officials: Handunnettige Dharmasena, Marais Erasmus, Ruchira Palliyaguruge, Alexander Wharf, Javagal Srinath

 

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