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Summary

  1. Australia 168-7 (lead England by 23)
  2. Steven Finn takes 5-45
  3. Warner (77) equals fastest Ashes fifty (35 balls)
  4. James Anderson forced off with side strain
  5. Eng 281 all out (lead by 145 on 1st innings)
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By Stephan Shemilt and Marc Higginson

All times stated are UK

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Can you believe what we've seen today? Wondering what on earth has happened in this match?

It hasn't got a sting in the tail, has it? Join us tomorrow to find out.

'My rhythm was good'

England bowler Steven Finn on Sky Sports: "We knew it was going to be a lot of hard work so to get the lead and put the pressure on was great.

"It has been a while since I've played Test cricket so to come here and take wickets was great. The rhythm was good. When you've played a fair bit of cricket you try to treat it like another game. It obviously isn't and it is tiring but it has been a good day.

"The game is definitely not won yet. They have players who can bat. There will still be pressure and we need to do a professional job tomorrow."

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More from Australia pace bowler Mitchell Johnson on Sky Sports: "If we can get to 120 or 130 ahead we'll have a really good crack at them. It would give us more of a chance than 23 - it looked at one stage like we wouldn't make them bat again. The start of the series wasn't great, we didn't bowl or bat in partnerships at Cardiff and we did that again in this Test."

Geoffrey Boycott

Ex-England batsman on BBC Test Match Special

"Cook and Clarke both said they didn't have any doubt about winning the toss and batting first. Really?! Batting first is only the right call if you bat well."

Australia pace bowler Mitchell Johnson on Sky Sports: "It's not ideal, not something we're happy about. We're 23 runs ahead and we need a big partnership in the morning to get the ball rolling. England might be one bowler down, but we've got to stop this rot. It's definitely been doing it a little bit, we played some shots we didn't need to and the guys will be disappointed. We need the tail to wag."

Geoffrey Boycott

Ex-England batsman on BBC Test Match Special

"Australia are novices at playing the moving ball. I didn't say it was easy, but it is not a terror track. Clarke is lucky to be averaging 18 the way he is playing. He is under the cosh."

It was left to Peter Nevill, with the help of Mitchell Johnson and Mitchell Starc, to haul Australia into Friday. Finn completing a five-for to remove Johnson left Australia 168-7 at the close, effectively 23-7. That is where we shall begin in the morning.

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Mark: There's a touch of Beefy Botham about Steven Finn. He bowls some absolute corkers, and gets wickets. He bowls some very average stuff, too, but still has a knack of getting people out. It's unfathomable, but long may it continue.

Even Warner couldn't drag Australia into the lead, a top edge off James Anderson seeing him away. The only blot on England's day concerned Anderson soon after, the pacer leaving the field clutching his side. Big trouble?

Geoffrey Boycott

Ex-England batsman on BBC Test Match Special

"Finn has bowled some really good balls. This might be the making of him. It might move him forward and he gets it all back after two years in the doldrums."

Around him, though, the brilliant Steve Finn was reducing the Australia top order to dust. Stuart Broad had already pinned Chris Rogers when Finn, moving the ball off the seam at pace, got working through Steve Smith, Michael Clarke, Adam Voges and Mitchell Marsh. 92-5 and in danger of having Friday off.

When they went, so too did England, 281 all out, a lead of 145. Match-winning, or Australia to gobble it up and go beyond? Whilst David Warner was smashing 77 from 62 balls, it could have been the latter.

Geoffrey Boycott

Ex-England batsman on BBC Test Match Special

"I was amazed at how badly Starc bowled. It was wayward and wild and down the leg side. He had no discipline or direction. Mitchell Johnson was trying like hell along with the off-spinner. But once the ball got old Johnson couldn't use his pace as effectively and England got away. Ali and Broad knocked the stuffing out of them."

Johnson bowled two brutes in the second over of the day to remove Jonny Bairstow and Ben Stokes, part of a complete England slide from 132-2 to 190-7. In danger of wasting a good first day? Enter Moeen Ali and Stuart Broad, a stand of 87 in under 20 overs. Moeen a counter-punching 59, Broad's 31 his most important Test innings for two years.

In all, 316 runs have been scored and 14 wickets have fallen. It seems a long time ago that Mitchell Johnson was bowling ripsnorters that threatened to rip through the England lower order.

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Australia 168-7 (55 overs) - lead by 23

Batsmen: Nevill 37*, Starc 7*

Fall of wickets: 17-1 (Rogers 6), 62-2 (Smith 8), 76-3 (Clarke 3), 76-4 (Voges 0), 92-5 (M Marsh 6), 111-6 (Warner 77), 153-7 (Johnson 14)

Bowling figures: Anderson 8.3-5-15-1, Broad 14-3-36-1, Finn 13-3-45-5, Moeen 10-2-37-0, Stokes 8-1-23-0, Root 1.3-0-2-0.

Australia first innings 136 (Rogers 52, Anderson 6-47)

England first innings 281 (Root 63, Moeen 59, Bell 53, Lyon 3-36, Hazlewood 3-74)

Australia won toss

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Michael Vaughan

Ex-England captain on BBC Test Match Special

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"It has been a terrific two days for England. You don't really want to be applauded for taking a game into day three. Australia have been found out technically on this pitch. England have produced a well-drilled performance."

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Aus 168-7

Steven Finn leads England off the field. He bowled a remarkable spell, as good as I can remember from an England bowler. His figures of 5-45 - 7-83 in the match - made all the better by the fact this is his first Test for two years.

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Aus 168-7

And that is that, the end of an amazing day of Ashes cricket. For a long time it looked as though England might pull off a two-day victory. Instead, they will come back tomorrow and, in all likelihood, will take a 2-1 series lead.

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appeal - not outAus 167-7

"Oooowwwzzzaaatttt?!?!?" Root to Starc, that looks very close. No reviews for England, who see Aleem Dar shake his head. Does Dar think he hit it? It looks like it was boot first. It was sliding down the leg side anyway. One ball to go...

The Clarke conundrum

Steve Hind: Can Michael Clarke just move back to #5? He averages 61 there, versus 30 at #4. We can get a #4 to avg >30 easier than find a #5 to avg >60.

Aus 166-7

Starc survives and Broad, hands on knees, is probably done for the day. He'll come back tomorrow in the search of that 300th Test wicket. One set to go, to be bowled by Joe Root.

Michael Vaughan

Ex-England captain on BBC Test Match Special

"If Mark Wood is fit then Wood plays instead of Anderson at Trent Bridge. If not, I'd look at Mark Footit from Derbyshire or Jack Brooks at Yorkshire."

Aus 165-7

Stuart Broad, probably his last over of the day. Still looking for that 300th Test wicket. Four slips, two catchers in front of the bat, floodlight looming a large, thin line of shadow through the path of Broad's run-up. Starc all at sea outside off stump, but somehow survives three deliveries.

Michael Vaughan

Ex-England captain on BBC Test Match Special

"The Australian batting has been poor but I thought their bowling was wayward. It was back to what we saw at Cardiff, spraying it either side of the wicket and too short at times."

Aus 165-7 (lead by 20)

The shadows just come across the ground as Steve Finn strives for the wicket that might force the extra half hour. Starc is solid in defence, emulating the stoic Nevill, as the Edgbaston din is turned down once more. I reckon there's two overs left tonight. If you've got tickets for tomorrow, you'll see some cricket.

Strange places for cricket kit

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Sway Cricket Club: My Duncan Fearnley "Extra Cover" bat has been supporting my tomatoes for the last 25 years. Bad bat, great lifespan

Dropped catch

Aus 160-7

Is that a drop by Jos Buttler? It would have been an absolute worldie. Leg side, the ball catching Peter Nevill's glove, Buttler flying to his left, can't quite hold on. That would have been Stuart Broad's 300th Test wicket.

Aus 160-7

As the shadows lengthen, we get a look inside the Australia dressing room. Darren Lehmann seemed to be heading out. "I can't work with this any more, you're on your own."

I'm so happy for @finnysteve on how he's performed on his comeback. A nicer bloke you will not meet #alwaysinthewickets

Aus 160-7 (lead by 15)

I'm going to stick my neck out and say we'll be back tomorrow. Nevill, the Aussie wall between England and Friday off, hops about and gets Finn to the leg side for a single. Starc, no mug with the bat, an average of 25, calmly watches the ball go past the off stump. England took six wickets in the first 29 overs and only one in the next 22. The Aussie top order might want to have a look at themselves.

Michael Vaughan

Ex-England captain on BBC Test Match Special

"Nevill is showing a bit of character here. there was a lot of talk about Haddin getting his place back this week but I like the look of Nevill. He is a fighter."

Aus 159-7 (Nevill 34 from 106 balls)

Plenty of you on Twitter are pointing out that Australia are effectively 8-7, made 9-7 when Starc pushes a single off Moeen. Nevill crowded by close catchers, more popular than the man offering to get the beers in. Nevill, by the way, is the first man to have faced more than 100 balls in an innings in this match. Kids today, eh?