England, following-on after being bowled out for 149 in 1st innings, lost Adam Lyth and Ian Bell cheaply. Joe Root looked comfortable with Alastair Cook but a well laid plan from Australia ended his English summer as he was outdone by Mitchell Johnson in the fifth and final Ashes Test at the Oval. Catch the live cricket scores and live cricket updates from the England vs Australia Ashes 2015 match here.
As it happened…
2300 hrs IST: STUMPS! England end Day 3 at 203/6 after asked to follow-on by Australia. They are still 129 runs behind. Alastair Cook 85.
2253 hrs IST: WICKET! Finally, Alastair is out. Anything Steve Smith touches turns gold. He was brought on with just 5 minutes remaining in the day’s play & he has dismissed the England captain for 85. England 199/6
2222 hrs IST: Australian bowlers keeping it tight and England slow.
2200 hrs IST: Alastair Cook and Jos Buttler have been watchful and kept England steady.
2130 hrs IST: Alastair Cook battling it out for England. Jos Buttler giving him a strong hand. England 156/5
2110 hrs IST: WICKET! Lyon picks another one in the over. Stokes edges one to Clarke at first slip. England 140/5
2108 hrs IST: WICKET! Australia strike…Lyon scalps Bairstow and breaks a steady England stand. The hosts four down now
Today in 1930 & 1934 at the Oval: twice in 4 years Australia regained the #Ashes on their captain Bill Woodfull’s birthday!
— Mohandas Menon (@mohanstatsman) August 22, 2015
2100 hrs IST: Partnership between Cook and Bairstow enters the 40s now. Clarke needs a wicket to pile on the pressure on England
2045 hrs IST: Cook and Bairstow steady. England skipper very solid in his approach so far. Should convert this start into a big one now
— England Cricket (@englandcricket) August 22, 2015
2012 hrs IST: TEA on Day 3! England, following-on, 123/3. They still trail Australia by 209 runs. Alastair Cook fighting a lone battle at 54*. For Australia, Peter Siddle has figures of 1/7.
2000 hrs IST: Alastair Cook and Jonny Bairstow slowly rebuilding England innings but a lot still needs to be done. Australia still lead by over 200 runs.
1949 hrs IST: 100 up for England. With three down, England need to rebuild as they are still 228 runs behind.
1939 hrs IST: WICKET! Joe Root has fallen to a well laid plan from Australia. He top edges one from Mitchell Johnson to Mitchell Starc at fine-leg. His summer ends with 460 runs in the Ashes. England 99/3
1935 hrs IST: FIFTY! Alastair Cook leading the way for England. Gets to a slow but an important fifty.
1913 hrs: Two beautiful cover drives off Cook’s bat.
1853 hrs IST: Ian Bell failed to tackle the sharp bouncer from Marsh and ends up giving a simple catch to Michael Clarke.
1845 hrs IST: England have resumes after Lunch and looking solid for now, not much runs though but idea is to keep wickets for the day.
1730 hrs IST: Lunch has been taken and England are 31/1 still trailing Australia by 301 runs.
1727 hrs IST: England’s Director of Cricket Andrew Strauss too in the attendance, sure he is not happy the way the day has panned out for his team.
1722 hrs IST: Nathan Lyon early into the attack, and Cook cuts him elegantly to the boundary.
1720 hrs IST: Ian Bell edged and almost found the man at 2nd slip, just falling short. Lucky!
1710 hrs IST: WICKET! Adam Lyth departs for 10, Siddle gets his man.
1700 hrs IST: 10 overs have been bowled and England openers have negotiated the early overs well.
1645 hrs IST: Michael Clarke was never known to enforce follow-on and here is why.
Follow-ons enforced by recent Australian captains: Clarke 1/5 (had 5 chances to do so); Ponting 4/13, S Waugh 8/8, Mark Taylor 3/5
— S Rajesh (@rajeshstats) August 22, 2015
1635 hrs IST: England openers are out in the middle, they have their task cut out.
1619 hrs IST: Michael Clarke takes a quick decision and they have enforced a follow-on.
1616 hrs IST: England bowled out for 149, they have conceded a massive lead of 332 runs.
1614 hrs IST: WICKET! That’s it, Moeen Ali is the last man out. That ball was pitched outside off and Ali nicked it to the keeper.
1610 hrs IST: WICKET! Short-ball and Mark Wood pulls it straight to mid-wicket where Mitchell Starc takes a simple catch.
1602 hrs IST: Use of feet by Moeen Ali, this partnership now worth 50 for the 9th wicket.
1551 hrs IST: Australia still lead by a whooping 352 runs, Follow On still at large!
1548 hrs IST: Boundary, these are desperate runs, coming from the bat of Mark Wood.
Mark Wood really can hold a bat can’t he? #Ashes2015
— Jeff Ando (@jeffando79) August 22, 2015
1545 hrs IST: Moeen Ali and Mark Wood still fighting at The Oval, but with just two wickets left, the resistance expected from the home side seems thin.
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Day 2 Recap
Centurion Steve Smith praised Australia’s bowlers after they reduced England to 107 for eight in the first innings to set up a victory bid in the fifth and final Ashes Test on Friday.
Twitter praises Australia, shocked by England
Australia took the upper hand in against England in the fifth and final Ashes Test at the Oval after reducing the hosts 107/8 at the end of Day 2 on Friday.
England crumbled meekly to 107 for eight in reply to Australia’s 481 to put the touring side firmly on course for victory in the final Ashes Test after a dramatic second day at The Oval on Friday.