England extend lead over Australia in fifth and final Ashes Test Series
England vs Australia, England extended their lead over Australia to 157-runs on the third day of the fifth Ashes Test on Saturday as they pursue a series leveling victory at the Oval.
Joe Denly undefeated at 37 and Ben Stokes still had to leave the mark as the home team seeks to place himself in a match-winning position.
Spinner Nathan Lyon struck twice in the session, eliminating Rory Burns for 20-runs and Captain Joe Root.
World Cup winners England are desperate to tie the series at 2-2 even though Australia has already retained the ashes urn.
Tourists are equally hungry to finish their first series win in England since 2001 after overtaking by winning last week’s fourth Test at Old Trafford.
Jofra Archer placed England in pole position on Friday, taking six wickets to take out Australia by 225, giving the home team a 69 lead in the first inning.
Steve Smith scored 80 high to take his series score to 751 runs in just six innings.
Denly led Pat Cummins halfway through the game for four on Saturday’s first time on Saturday as England started brilliantly in a field that seemed increasingly benign.
Lyon was taken early and received some punishment on his first attempt when Denly hit him for four and six on the ground in consecutive balls.
However, the off-spinner had some luck on his third chance when Burns knocked down a short ball out of the stump, with wicketkeeper Tim Paine taking over.
The opening stand of 54 was the highest in the series for both sides.
Root also fell domestically, beating Lyon to Smith with a slip of 21 to leave England 87-2 at 28.