Australia well on course to level Ashes series at 1-1

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Day three of the second test match at Lords saw Australia end proceedings with a lead of 362 runs and all ten of their second innings wickets intact. They're in such a commanding position, that only very bad weather can save England from defeat.

Cook and Stokes lead mini-revival

At the start of Saturday's play, England were 85-4, needing to reach a score of 367 to avoid following on. Ben Stokes and Alastair Cook batted well, scoring 87 and 96 respectively, and aided by Moeen Ali and Stuart Broad, they managed to get England's first innings to 312 before they were all out. This left them with a first innings deficit of 254 runs.

Clarke decides not to enforce follow-on

Australian captain Michael Clarke decided not to enforce the follow-on, which could be considered a strange decision given that the weather forecast for Sunday is changeable to say the least. Perhaps he thought he couldn't take the chance of England batting out two days to save the match.


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However, whatever his reasons, he decided that he wanted to add quick runs to his side's already mammoth lead and take the game away from England completely.

Warner and Rogers make hay in the evening session

In the evening session, David Warner and Chris Rogers shared an unbeaten stand of 108 runs to extend the Australian lead to 362. Warner is not out on 60 after being dropped on zero by Adam Lyth, while Rogers is 44 not out.

Australia looking to turn the screw

With a lead of 362 already, Australia will look to score quick runs on the fourth morning in the hope that they can set England an impossible total of over 500 to win the game, or alternatively bat out five sessions to save the game.

England batsmen under severe pressure to save the game

Whatever target Australia set England, the likes of Cook, Bell, Lyth, Gary Ballance and Joe Root will put under considerable pressure by the Australian bowlers and fielders, and their commitment, attitude and technique will be tested to the full. The pitch is still good for batting, so they have the chance to save the game, but given their history of top order collapses things do not look too good for England.

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