Ashes 2015: Nine moments that shaped day three of second Test

Sam Rogers reflects on the nine big talking points from day three as England finished 481 runs behind Australia

By Sam Rogers

11.26GMT England needed an early breakthrough to keep their hopes up and they got it courtesy of Stuart Broad. The Nottinghamshire bowler, who was majestic yesterday for not reward, got one to nip back on Chris Rogers before hitting the stumps via an inside edge. Australia still in control at 362-2.

12.17GMT Steve Smith, who batted brilliantly yesterday was looking to build on the platform he and Rogers created and he moved past 150 with exquisite ease. Unfortunately his captain was unable to conduct himself with such simplicity and a very scratchy innings of seven was ended when he hook Mark Wood straight to Gary Ballance at square leg. Australia 383-3.

13.46GMT Broad continued to impress in difficult circumstances and with the help of some creative field placings from Alastair Cook, drew Adam Voges into the finest of edges through to a grateful Jos Buttler behind the sticks. Australia 426-4.

14.50GMT Having lost Mitch Marsh to another great delivery from Broad, Smith was joined by debutant Peter Nevill, who survived a couple of appeals in taking the attack to the hosts during his first Test innings. He also had the pleasure of being at the non-striker’s end as Australia passed 500 and Steve Smith became the first Australian to score a double-century at Lord’s since 1938. A fine effort – Australia 504-5.

16.04GMT Smith finally succumbed to the part-time spin of Joe Root for 214, with no declaration imminent. Root got Nevill for his second wicket and tea came and went before Broad removed Anderson for 15 which in turn brought the declaration. Australia 566-8d.

16.14GMT The visitors had their tails up and having rested for the best part of two days, the Aussie bowlers went to work, and saw the best possible start for them. The very first over saw Mitchell Starc induce a loose shot at a very wide ball for Adam Lyth to edge through to Nevill. England 0-1 trailing Australia by 566.

17.04GMT The Australians were cock-a-hoop and England looked like the proverbial deer in headlights. Mitchell Johnson, the laughing stock of Cardiff, fired brilliantly with a quick double. First he bowled Gary Ballance with a venomous, swinging delivery. Josh Hazlewood had Bell bowled through the gate with a lovely swinging ball before Johnson returned with the big scalp of the evening – Joe Root for just a single; wafting at a fiery delivery outside his off-stump. England 31-4 and in the deepest of deep trouble.

17.56GMT With England looking to rebuild and every ball looking like taking a wicket from the seamers, Australia turned to their off-spinner Nathan Lyon with left-handers Cook and Ben Stokes in on a dusty pitch. Stokes, not one for sitting back and being bowled at took the attack to Lyon, first with a well hit four over mid-on, before firing a six straight down the ground. Resistance from the Durham all-rounder with England moving sheepishly to 77-4, still 489 in arrears.

18.26GMT England steadied with Cook and Stokes at the crease, though the Durham batsman was walking somewhat sheepishly by the close. The pair though did negotiate a tricky few overs and guided England to 85-4 at the close. England 481 behind with six first innings wickets left. Plenty for England to ponder with the tourists firm favourites to level the series at one apiece.

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