A cumulative batting effort by English players, Took a strong lead of 377 runs.

A cumulative batting effort by English players took a strong lead of 377 runs on Australia.

A cumulative batting effort by English players took the strong lead of 377 runs on Australia on the 3rd day of the 5th and final Ashes Test.

A cumulative batting effort by English players
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A cumulative batting effort by English players and with that effort team took a massive lead of 377 runs over Australia on the 3rd day of the 5th and final  Ashes Test here in Kia Oval London. England is in the driving seat and Australia is on the back bench. England started the day with very positive intent. They came here to put a big total on the board so that they can set a big target for Australia. After the day’s play, Broad announced a shocking retirement.

     Key Highlights of the Day 3:  [ 1 ] England In Driving Seat With A Lead Of 377 against Australia

     [ 2 ]  England were 389/9 at Stump at Kennington Oval, London on Saturday, leading Australia by 377 runs.

     [ 3 ] Stuart Broad announced a shock retirement.

     [ 4 ] Zak Crawley scored 73 runs in 76 deliveries with 9 fours.

     [ 5 ] Joe Root missed his hundred by 9 runs.

     [ 6 ] Jonny Bairstow also put his half-century and scored 73 runs.

     It was Joe Root’s knock of 91 that played a crucial role in helping the Ben Stokes-led side dominate on the third day of the fifth Test.

     Mitchell Starc took four wickets but England still managed to post a big score in the second innings. Australia were bowled out for 295 a day earlier and took a 12-run lead over England. The Pat Cummins-led side leads the five-match series by 2-1.

     Stuart Broad has taken his hat off and will start the proceedings with the ball on tomorrow.
     Murphy took 3 wickets and Mitchell Starc took 4 wickets to give Australia a chance here and let’s see how things play out.

     The weather was likely to be breezy and there was a very less chance of rain through the day. 
     James Anderson on his retirement update, said he “has a lot more to give”. James Anderson, who will be turning 41 tomorrow.

     England started the day’s proceedings of its 2nd inning with  Ben Duckett and Zak Crawley. Whereas Australia started with Mitchel Starc. English players showed their intent from the very first ball of the over. They scored 3 boundaries in that over one belongs to Crawley and two belongs to Duckett, England on 13 runs after 1st over and took a lead of 1 run.

     The openers were in a very aggressive mood they put in 40 runs in 5 overs. Mitchel Starc came into the attack in his 2nd spell and put a break on the English inning. Ben Duckett was dismissed on 42 runs in 55 balls with 7 boundaries. England lost its 1st wicket on 79/1 in 17 overs. Skipper Ben Stokes change his batting order and came at no. 3. 

     Duckett was the only success for Aussies in the morning session.

     Zak Crawley completed his 50 in 61 balls in Starc’s over and the team’s total was 105/1.

     A great season for England. 130 runs in 25 overs. Openers scored 13 runs in the first over itself with the help of three fours and adopted the same attitude throughout the season. England was on 130/1 at lunch. 

     Australian bowlers had a bad session. The first thirty minutes were poor bowling from the visitors and they had no control over the line and length. In the middle, the bowlers took control and dried up boundaries but the open ground allowed easy singles for the hosts Crawley has kept on unsettling them with his approach.

     England 140/2: Cummins got Crawley
     End of a 61-run stand and a brilliant innings by Crawley. 73 off 76 balls with the help of nine fours. 

     England was 193/2 in 37 overs Fifty runs partnership between Root and Stokes as well. it gave a strong vibe to the host. Root completed his 50 in 42 balls with 8 fours and a six. Murphy got Stokes on 42 in 67 balls with 3 fours and a six. England 221/3. A 73 runs partnership between Root and Stokes came to an end.

     Harry Brook came at no.5 and start proceedings with a six but could not capitalize it in a big inning. Hazlewood took his wicket. England were 222/4 in 41 overs. Now keeper Jonny Bairstow came at no.6. Root and Bairstow played carefully till tea and the team total was 265/4 with a lead of 250+.

Crawley scored 73 runs in 76 balls
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Joe Root missed his ton by 9 runs.
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Jonny Bairstow scored 78 runs.
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A cumulative batting effort by Crawley, Root, and Bairstow with their 50s, Duckett, Stokes, and M Ali also put in some decent runs and do some good partnerships. It put England in a strong position.

     A fifty-run partnership between Jonny Bairstow and Joe Root came in just 66 balls and Bairstow completed his 50 in 60 balls. England 332/4
hundred-run partnership between Bairstow and Root in 141 balls. A strong lead of  320 runs was taken by England.

     England 333/5
Murphy took the wicket of Root.
     Root out on terrific 91, Root looked in excellent touch, hitting 11 fours and one six as he passed fifty for the 90th time in tests.  Root looked certain to make a century but fell nine runs short, deceived by a turning delivery from Murphy that kept low and bowled him. 

     Moeen Ali join Baistrow. Moeen is not fully fit. 

     England 360/6
Baistrow was out on terrific 78 runs, and Starc took his wicket Bairstow showed some good attacking intent and hit 11 boundaries.

     England 371/7
Starc took Woake’s wicket.
     England 375/8
Starc took  Moeen’s wicket.   

     England 389/9  Stumps. Murphy took Wood. 

     Woakes and Wood through their wickets.

      At stump on day 3 England has taken a 377-run lead, all scored today after losing nine wickets.   

     For Australia, Mitchell Starc took four while Todd Murphy got three.

     Stuart Broad and James Anderson will be the overnight batters as England will try to stretch its lead by the 400-run mark. 

     England batted with positive intent to take control of the final Ashes Test at The Oval on Saturday, taking a 377-run lead over Australia to 389-9 on the third day. 

    Joe Root (91), Jonny Bairstow (78), and Zak Crawley (73) were the major contributors for the hosts who trail 2-1 in the series and are battling to stop Australia from winning the Ashes in England for the first time since 2001.   

     Bairstow also showed great attacking intent, hitting 11 boundaries before playing a lazy cut on Starc and giving Carey another easy catch.   

     Chris Woakes and Mark Wood were dismissed cheaply but Stuart Broad and James Anderson held on in the last few overs and England will have the option of trying to extend their healthy lead before setting about the task of dismissing Australia.