Oval Test: England have equal chance in series, lead by 382 runs so far

England have taken a huge lead of 382 runs over Australia by the end of the day’s play on the third day of the fifth and last test match of the Ashes series being played at the Oval ground. With the help of half-centuries from Joe Denley (94) and Ben Stokes (67), England were 313 for eight in their second innings at stumps. Host England team, who scored 294 runs in the first innings, piled Australia on 225 runs in the first innings.

England started playing ahead of 193 for two after tea. Delaney followed with 82 and Stokes extended their innings by 57 runs. The hosts, who did not lose a single wicket in the second session, faltered after tea and lost their six wickets within 120 runs.
England lost the Stokes to a score of 214 as soon as the third season began. Stokes hit five fours and two sixes off 115 balls. He scored the 19th half-century of his career and shared a 127-run partnership for the third wicket with Delaney.

After Stokes was dismissed, Denley also missed out on his first century in his career. He hit 14 fours and a six in a brilliant innings of 206 balls. Denley scored the fourth half-century of his career.

After Stokes and Denley were dismissed, England scored Johnny Bairstow (14) on 249, Sam Curren (17) on 279, Chris Woakes (6) on 305 and Jose Butler (47) on the same score. I lost my eighth wicket. Butler hit six fours off 63 balls. Joffra Archer returned unbeaten after scoring three from six balls and Jack Leach with five from 17 balls.

For Australia, Nathan Lyon has so far produced three, Peter Siddle and Mitchell Marsh two each, while Pat Cummins has taken one wicket. Earlier, England started the third day with nine runs without any wickets. Openers Rory Burns and Zoe Denley added 54 runs for the first wicket to give England a solid start. Burns was caught by wicketkeeper Tim Paine off Nathan Lyon on a personal score of 20 runs.

Leone also dismissed Captain Root. A ball from the off-spinner took the edge of Root’s bat and fell into the hands of Steve Smith standing in the slip. Root scored 21 runs.


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