England are closing on a second test victory after batting Australia close to submission on the third day at Lord's.

Joe Root was the star of the show for the hosts, with the Yorkshireman scoring 178 not out against a tourist side lacking ideas throughout.

After taking three wickets yesterday, Michael Clarke would have hoped to get some more early scalps as Australia looked to give themselves some sort of chance.

It wasn't to be however, as Tim Bresnan stuck around alongside Root in the morning session. He was dismissed for 38 off the bowling of James Pattinson, but that only served to bring in-form Ian Bell to the crease.

And, alongside Root, the Warwickshire star looked in little danger, cruising past 50 following his ton in the first innings.

Neither player looked like they would be dismissed, but Bell somehow managed to find Chris Rodgers when on 74. Steve Smith was the man to take the wicket - although his long-hop hardly deserved the outcome.

Jonny Bairstow joined his county teammate in the middle with the score on 282, and the pair added another half-century before time was called on the day. England finished on 333-5, with Joe Root the star of the show.

Darren Lehmann's side will now have to break all test match records if they are to win this one, but after their batting performances in their first three innings this summer does little to suggest such a score is on the cards.

The only thing left to wait on is Alastair Cook, with the England skipper still holding off a declaration. It can't be far away, although Root will hope to get a chance to reach his double ton.

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#Australia cricket
#Joe Root
#England cricket
#The Ashes
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