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  1. Warner 60*, Rogers 44*
  2. Lyth drops Warner on 0 at gully
  3. Australia do not enforce follow-on
  4. Eng 312: Cook 96, Stokes 87; Johnson 3-53
  5. England 1-0 up in five-Test series

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By Stephan Shemilt and Marc Higginson

All times stated are UK

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So, are you ready for what the final two days might bring us? I can take a good guess that we'll see some Aussie willow-wielding in the morning, followed by the start of England's backs-to-the-wall effort around lunch time.

Player reaction

England all-rounder Ben Stokes on Sky Sports: "We didn't get off to the best of starts yesterday but me and Cooky tried to carry on our partnership. I try to stay as positive as I can but at the same time treat every ball on its merits.

"I wouldn't say there are any demons in the pitch - if anything it's a bit up and down. We're under the pump and tomorrow's a big day for us. We've got to get our heads round the fact that we're going to have to bat 150 overs to save this match."

BBC Radio 5 live

Don't forget that 6-Duck-6 has just begun on BBC Radio 5 live with Michael Vaughan, who reckons England have "shot themselves in the foot" with this docile wicket.

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Michael Blakey: The key for Lyth and Cook tomorrow is to go out there convinced the score is 30-3.

When will Australia declare?

Seamer Josh Hazlewood on when Australia will declare: "We'll want a few more runs. We're getting them pretty quickly, so hopefully that will continue. We'll need a little while to get those wickets."

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Jim Chapman: England will lose this match. The Aussies can 'buy' wkts with a lead of 500, forget a docile pitch.

'Smooth sailing' for Australia

Australia's Josh Hazlewood, who took 3-68, on Sky Sports: "It has been pretty smooth sailing. Batting first was key and we did the job with the ball yesterday and today. So we're in a pretty good position.

"It was quite hard work today and we had to work for the rest of the wickets. It didn't reverse swing for us but it may do later in the game. The fuller the better on this wicket."

Geoffrey Boycott

Ex-England batsman on BBC Test Match Special

"The pitch is sapping a lot of pace out of the ball but the Australia bowlers are quick through the air. I've got a lot of time for Mitchell Johnson, he just kept running in. Mitchell Starc has got such a loose-limbed action, he's always going to bowl some bad balls and some very good balls."

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Niall McShary: I like England's tactics. Don't take any wickets, convince Aussies it's a batting pitch. Reduce their bowlers morale. Draw.

Player reaction

BBC Radio Test Match Special

Australia all-rounder Mitchell Marsh on TMS: "It was really nice to contribute to the team today. The boys bowled really well and were able to put England under pressure. We've talked about being patient and setting the right fields and making England make the mistake, so hopefully we can do that again in the second innings. I'm sure we'll bat for a while tomorrow and then give ourselves enough time to take the final 10 wickets."

Geoffrey Boycott

Ex-England batsman on BBC Test Match Special

"I thought Cook played splendidly. Last night he gutsed it out, this morning he played much more fluently. Cook's natural way is to stay in and wear the bowlers down and he's very, very good at it."

All out for 312, a first-innings deficit of 254. No follow-on from Australia, just Warner and Rogers grinding England into the dirt. 108-0 by the close, 362 ahead. Blast that lead to 500, then pull out?

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Evan Samuel: Good day, Australia. Good day.

Geoffrey Boycott

Ex-England batsman on BBC Test Match Special

"Stokes looks to be getting better and better, he played with real positivity. He played the situation, nothing silly, it was a splendid common-sense innings. Jos Buttler is a wonderful stroke-player and he got stuck playing too defensively. He should have played a bit more like Moeen Ali, who played conservatively to the good balls and put the bad balls away. Buttler didn't look right."

Alastair Cook loses his wicket
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The hosts must look to the efforts of Ben Stokes and Alastair Cook, who shared a fifth-wicket stand of 145. Stokes was the only wicket to fall in the morning session, playing on to Mitchell Marsh for 87. When the same man denied Cook a hundred in similar fashion in the afternoon, England's slide began.

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Gavin Grewcock: Can we put Paul Collingwood in a disguise for the second innings? #brigadierblock.

Is there hope for England? Yes. The pitch continues to be docile, only the slightest hint of uneven bounce and turn. Today it took Australia 61 overs to take six wickets. What England must avoid at all costs is another collapse like that of the first innings, where they were four wickets down inside 11 overs.

Geoffrey Boycott

Ex-England batsman on BBC Test Match Special

"I think it will be tough for England, but I don't think you could get a better pitch than this to try and save a match on. The pitch isn't doing anything, it's straight and true with no great pace or spin. But history shows that it's not easy to do. Can all the batsmen put it together and play like Cook did?"

Close-of-play scorecard

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Phil Tufnell

Ex-England spinner on BBC Test Match Special

"I would imagine Australia will come back tomorrow, give it a bit of a whack, and declare around lunchtime, giving England five sessions to bat out for a draw."

Close of play

Aus 108-0

Alastair Cook and Jos Buttler

That is it, the end of another very good day for Australia and the beginning of two very difficult final days for England. The tourists have reached 108-0 in their second innings, a lead of 362. Some crash, bang and wallop in the morning, then probably five sessions for England to bat.

Aus 104-0

Spectators at Lord's

Brilliant. The cameras pick up a lady walking back to her seat, pictures shown on the big screen too. Thing is, the lady goes for her seat, misses, and ends up on the floor. Cheers from the fans, even Root and Warner have had to stop because they are laughing so hard. She's OK, back up to bow to the crowd.

Andrew Samson

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David Warner and Chris Rogers
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"This is the seventh hundred partnership for the first wicket between Chris Rogers and David Warner - five of them have been in the second innings."

Aus 103-0

Wood for the penultimate over of the day, faintly roared to the crease. Could well be by the travelling fans. As the lights take effect, Warner plays a lovely straight drive for four, so good he gets a pat on the back from his frenemy Chris Rogers. Though it's emptying quickly inside HQ, the Aussie fans remain in big numbers. They're having a great time. One over to go.


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When will Australia declare? Can England save this game? Or do you just want to get something off your chest?

Have your say on 6-Duck-6 at 18:45 BST on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra, with Michael Vaughan in the chair.

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Michael Vaughan and Jonathan Agnew
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Aus 99-0 (lead by 353)

Joe Root on to send down his Ronnie Roundarm off-spin for last couple of dog overs. Leg-side to Warner, kicked for three leg-byes. Wide to Rogers, flayed to the point boundary. England begging to get off.

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Alastair Cook
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Benjamin Taylor: The mental damage of this Test will be far worse than the one on the scoreboard. England being broken here.

Terry Mahoney: England will lose this Test. They simply won't have the necessary application to bat out the one and a bit days needed to save it.

50 for David Warner

Aus 92-0

David Warner
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How often do we see David Warner clean up in the second innings? A horrible shot in the first, Warner is now taking this game on for Australia, just as he has so many times before. A 16th Test half-century comes up, the left-hander well set for an assault tomorrow morning. Warner averages 51 in the second innings, compared to 43 in the first. He was dropped on nought, mind.

Phil Tufnell

Ex-England spinner on BBC Test Match Special

"If they lose this Test, I don't think England will make any changes. There are a few batsmen knocking about, but the main XI are here. It's one of those where you just pack your bags, move on, and say Australia have played very well."

Aus 88-0 (Rogers 38, Warner 49)

Alastair Cook

Yep, plenty of empty seats at HQ now, lots of white plastic visible. Stokes, 87 with the bat earlier today, skids in under the gathering gloom, twice glided for four to third man by Warner. With how easy this pitch seems for batting, how will that effect the Australia declaration? England were bowled out in almost exactly a day in the first innings.

Phil Tufnell

Ex-England spinner on BBC Test Match Special

"If you were going to choose a track to bat 150 overs on, this would be the one. It's very flat, it's not going to change that much over the next two days."

Aus 76-0 (lead by 330)

Moeen continues to skip in as the floodlights flicker into life. Australia continue to play the England off-spinner with respect, ticking the score along while keeping maximum resources for the charge tomorrow morning. Lord's is just beginning to empty. I'll be honest, there's little more to see here tonight.

Aus 74-0 (Rogers 37, Warner 36)

England can take heart from the fact that this pitch has looked pretty flat for most of the day. There's been a hint of low bounce, but that's about it. Not a great deal for the seamers, little turn. Six wickets have fallen today, three on Thursday and, before that mad hour before tea last night, five on day two. We hammer the point that is the four-wicket slump that has left England in this mess. Six overs left today.

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Paul Walmsley: All of a sudden this pitch looks like a bowling green again.

Ian Swindlehurst: Oh hang on, is it a lifeless pitch again?

Aus 72-0 (lead by 326)

The umpires have asked for the lightmeter to be brought out as the sun disappears for what is likely to be the final time today. The floodlights are being readied, extending from their resting position to a spot that looms over HQ. Warner, who fell foul of Moeen in the first innings, is watchful, dabbing a late cut for three.

Aus 69-0 (Rogers 37, Warner 31)

Ben Stokes

Ben Stokes the fifth England bowler summoned to this pretty helpless cause, his first ball pulled for four by Rogers. You sense that Australia are setting themselves for the big push tomorrow morning, but are still ticking along at four an over. Stokes looks to be struggling, favoring his side, but still produces one that beats Rogers' inside edge.