Ashes 2015: 8 talking points that shaped day three of England v Australia

Australia need 412 runs to win the first Test after England are bowled out for 289 in their second innings

By Sam Rogers

11.06 GMT England knew the importance of a fast start, and they got it, pinning the danger man Shane Watson with one that looked a close call. With the new ball less than 10 overs away from being due, England had the strike they were looking for early on day three.

12.15 Having struck with the new ball getting Brad Haddin caught behind with a beauty from James Anderson, England were rampant, taking five wickets for just 43 three to give England a lead of 122. Anderson finished with 3-43 while Mark Wood and Stuart Broad both took 2-66.

12.51 Looking to be positive with a sizable lead, England were kept under control early and lost Alastair Cook to a ball that stopped in the pitch taking the captain’s edge and going to Nathan Lyon at Point. England were at 17-1 but still leading by 139 and needing to do a bit of work to keep in control.

14.30 Having lost Gary Ballance for a duck just after lunch, Adam Lyth and Ian Bell went on the attack, looking to bat the visitors out of the game early. They managed to put on 50 from just 49 balls before Lyon had Lyth dismissed thanks to a stunning catch from Michael Clarke, leaving England 73-3, leading by 195.

15.37 Bell was joined by Joe Root and the pair continued to take the fight to the Australians, Bell bringing up his half century from 78 balls just before the tea break as England started to take control of the match and build a big, big lead.

16.20 Bell finally succumbed to Mitchell Johnson, backing away to a full ball when expecting a bumper for 60. England were left on 170-4, leading by 292.

17.48 Root brought up his half century shortly after Bell’s dismissal and looked to press with Ben Stokes for a big lead. When Root was dismissed for 60, it started a collapse that saw England lose four wickets for 38 as Buttler (7), Stoke (15) and Broad (4).

18.30 Wood defied his number ten status with a majestic unbeaten 32 to really break the will of the Australians. When Anderson was dismissed in the final over of the day, England were all out for 289, setting the visitors a daunting 412 to win in two days.

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