Their lead extended by java on day three in The Oval to 262, pressing home their advantage within Australia in the Ashes Test.
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Joe Denly (82no) along with Ben Stokes (57no) equally brought up half a year at the day session, putting in an unbroken 106-run stand, however Australia had a chance to pickup Stokes for just seven and also Denly for 54.
Steve Smith fell Stokes, a sharp chance off Nathan Lyon that flew at slip, while Mitchell Marsh should have experienced Denly lbw, just for umpire Marais Erasmus to give it out not and Australia, not for the very first time in the show, obtaining a DRS call wrong.
England were aggressive from the off against Lyon, not needing the offspinner to sit. Denly plundered 10 off two chunks from his opening launching a six that were straight down the ground, while Stokes that the spinner to the stands.
Lyon did, however, be able to attack twice in the morning session, together with Rory Burns (20) first gifting his wicket away, bottom-edging an attempted cut behind, and Joe Root (21) edging Lyon into Smith before lunch.
As handed fifty denly and Stokes were untroubled in the afternoon – Stokes bringing up his with another six hoicked into midwicket from legspinner Marnus Labuschagne that is portion – while their century stand came up soon before tea.
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