England stretched their lead to 262 by tea??on day 3 in The Oval, pressing their advantage within Australia.
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Joe Denly (82no) along with Ben Stokes (57no) both brought up half a year in the day session, sharing in an unbroken 106-run stand, however Australia had a opportunity to pick up Stokes for just seven and Denly for 54.
Steve Smith dropped Stokes, a sharp chance off Nathan Lyon that flew at slip, while Mitchell Marsh must have experienced Denly lbw, only for umpire Marais Erasmus to give it not out and Australia, not for the very first time in the series, getting a DRS telephone wrong.
England were competitive from the off against Lyon, perhaps not wanting the offspinner to sit on a pitch that is beginning to split up. While Stokes too slog-swept the spinner denly plundered 10 off two chunks from his opening launching a down the ground.
Lyon did, however, manage to hit twice in the afternoon session, together with Rory Burns (20) first gifting his wicket away, bottom-edging an attempted cut behind, and Joe Root (21) trimming Lyon to Smith just before lunch.
As passed 13, denly and Stokes were untroubled at the day – Stokes bringing up his with another six hoicked into midwicket off a complete pie from part-time legspinner Marnus Labuschagne – while their century stand came up shortly before tea.
Policy that was live was continuing by watch from day three of the fifth Ashes Test.
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