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Stephan Shemilt and Marc Higginson

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  1. Post update

    So Nathan Lyon thinks Australia are still in it? If they chase down 412, then they would more than deserve a 1-0 lead in this series.

    Their pursuit starts tomorrow morning. Join us then.

  2. Join the debate at #bbccricket

    James Pope: The fun and enjoyment is back in being an England cricket fan.

  3. Post update

    More from Lyon, who is the first Australia off-spinner to take 150 Test wickets: "We're definitely still in it. If we bat two days the result will go our way. There's no reason why we can't dig deep.

    "We've got to learn from our first innings with the bat - be more patient. There were too many 30s in the first innings, so we need to try and push on a bit more and a couple of our top five to get big hundreds."

  4. Join the debate at #bbccricket

    Tattz: Not very clever that from England. I'd have taken 30 runs less and only 5-6 wickets down. Aussies will feel they are in this.

  5. Ashes Social

    BBC Radio 5 live

    Joe Root

    Tonight's Ashes Social with Will Perry from 20:00 BST features former England batsman Chris Adams and journalists Adam Collins and Nick Hoult.

    You can text 85058, phone 0500 909 693, tweet @5livesport or visit the 5 live Facebook page.

  6. Post update

    Geoffrey Boycott

    Ex-England batsman on BBC Test Match Special

    "I think England will just try and stifle the batsmen again with the men on the drive. Australia came out as if they were playing on a fast bouncy pitch where the blew England away last time. I have liked Clarke's captaincy but he didn't get this right. Since tea on the first day Australia have been playing catch-up cricket and in Test cricket that is damn hard. There will be one or two false shots and England will strangle them slowly and surely."

  7. Post update

    Australia spinner Nathan Lyon, who took 4-75, on Sky Sports: "We learnt from bowling in the first innings. To take 10 wickets in just over two and a half sessions is a pretty good effort.

    "Credit to our bowlers - we dug deep and held on to a few good catches."

  8. Post update

    More from England's Ian Bell: "It's been a great day for us. The bowlers set the tempo this morning. The lengths we hit were brilliant and we were aggressive. Everything in the field has been positive.

    "It was all about being positive with the bat. But there are no gimmes and we expect more tomorrow. We are going to have to work hard to win."

  9. Post update

    Geoffrey Boycott

    Ex-England batsman on BBC Test Match Special

    "Have Australia got the mindset to bat for long periods? England are going to stifle them by bowling straight because they know what to do on this surface. I don't think Moeen has to try too much, just bowl nicely. The seamers will do a lot of the work from the other end."

  10. Post update

    Enter Mark Wood for a batting cameo. 32 from 18 balls, before Moeen Ali and James Anderson fell in the final two overs to end the day. In all, we've seen 15 wickets and 333 runs. Only one act left in this four-part drama. Australia need 412 to win.

  11. Post update

    Geoffrey Boycott

    Ex-England batsman on BBC Test Match Special

    "Root's in the form of his life, players in good nick score off everything, and Bell who has been under pressure, played as beautifully as ever. The scoreboard was rushing around and even when Bell get out Stokes came in. You've got to like him, he's just like an old fashioned player, he blocks it if it is straight but if its slightly off line he gives it an old fashioned clonk, it's lovely and refreshing and I hope nobody changes him."

  12. Post update

    When they went, bowled by Mitchell Johnson and Josh Hazlewood respectively, the game went into fast forward. Ben Stokes sparkled for 42, but England got a touch careless, maybe even reckless. Four wickets for 38 runs, in danger of failing to set the Aussies a target in excess of 400.

  13. Post update

    England batsman Ian Bell, who made 60 after managing only 56 runs in nine innings before this Test, on Sky Sports: "It's been a while so it's nice to get a few. It's nice to contribute.

    "When I'm playing at my best I play it late. At the start of the year I was all over the place and going at the ball a bit hard.

    "I've had to work very hard but today it felt just how I wanted it to be."

  14. Post update

    Even with the best part of three days left in the game, England weren't looking to hang around in their second dig and found themselves three down in no time (how often do we say that?). However, Ian Bell, in need of runs, finally found some form, in the company of the Midas-like Joe Root. 60 apiece, England stretching their lead.

  15. Post update

    Geoffrey Boycott

    Ex-England batsman on BBC Test Match Special

    "Three fantastic Test match days. Many of us were worried we were going to have a tedious draw but there has been a bit of poor batting, the odd ball kept low and England are well on top.

    "Australia's best is 404 on Bradman's last tour - 412 they need here and there is no way they are going to get it, not a cat in hell's chance. Their batting is OK but not special."

  16. Close-of-play scorecard

  17. Post update

    England's excellent bowling of this morning seems like a long time ago, doesn't it? Stuart Broad got the ball rolling by pinning Shane Watson leg before, Mark Wood did the same to Nathan Lyon. After that, James Anderson got to work with the second new ball. Australia 308 all out - 122 behind.

  18. Highest chases in Test history

    If Australia win this game they will go third on this illustrious list...

    • 418-7: West Indies v Australia, Antigua, 2003 (below)
    • 414-4: South Africa v Australia, Perth, 2008
    • 406-4: India v West Indies, Trinidad, 1976
    • 404-3: Australia v England, Headingley, 1948
    • 387-4: India v England, Chennai, 2008
    Vasbert Drakes
  19. Post update

    Glenn McGrath is right, it really has been an extraordinary day. Remember, Australia resumed on 264-5. Yes, England might have lost their way a touch at the end, but they have dominated in a way that few could have imagined. Another good display with the ball and they are likely to go 1-0 up in this Ashes series.

  20. Post update

    Glenn McGrath

    BBC Test Match Special

    "It's been an extraordinary day, 15 wickets have fallen so no shortage of entertainment. Looking forward to the next day or so, this match has really started the series off with a flurry."

  21. WICKET

    Anderson b Lyon 1 (Eng 289 all out)

    That's it. James Anderson is bowled slogging Nathan Lyon, signalling the end of England's innings and the end of the day. England are 289 all out and, when we return tomorrow, Australia will need 412 to win.

  22. Eng 289-9 (Johnson 16-2-69-2)

    James Anderson is the last man, sent out in the gloom to face Mitchell Johnson. If England lose their last wicket now, that will be the close. Anderson gets under way with a single to fine leg, drawing a huge cheer from the well-oiled Cardiff crowd. Mark Wood digs out a fast yorker, ending up on one knee, leaving Anderson to face the last over of the day.

  23. WICKET

    Moeen c Haddin b Johnson 15 (Eng 288-9)

    Moeen Ali leaves the field

    Moeen Ali can't hang around to support Mark Wood. Wide ball from Mitchell Johnson, a loose drive, the thinnest of edges through to Brad Haddin. For some reason, we wait to see if it was a no-ball, even thought Johnson was nowhere near the front line. If that had gone against Johnson, he would probably have exploded. One wicket between Australia and their chase.

  24. Post update

  25. Post update

    Eng 287-8

    Moeen's not worried because he knows he's hit it. On we go. Under 10 minutes until the close.

  26. Umpire review

    Eng 287-8

    This looks close, you know. Nathan Lyon to Moeen Ali. Moeen doesn't look worried. Then again, he never does.

  27. Post update

    Glenn McGrath

    BBC Test Match Special

    Moeen Ali plays a shot

    "Moeen Ali should be pushing singles to get Wood on strike! Once Broad went the Australians will have been hoping to soon be in the dressing room with their feet up."

  28. Eng 287-8 (lead by 409)

    The Cardiff crowd are baying, cheering Johnson to the crease like a goalkeeper taking a goal-kick. Moeen takes a single to pinch the strike, that's poor. We wanted more of Mark Wood. Johnson is ticking, giving Moeen a word. Michael Clarke has been spotted with his head in his hands. Chin up, Pup.

  29. Tenuous links to cricketers

    Join the debate at #bbccricket

    Alan Willis: I carried Sir Geoffrey Boycott's bag into the changing rooms at Canterbury. No tip, not a word of thx.

    Sara Meiklejohn: I sold Glenn McGrath some glasses and lamp shades in a furniture shop about 20 years ago.

    Jim: Knocked Nasser Hussain's coffee over with an ambitious shy at the stumps during the break at Richard Prichard's testimonial.

  30. Eng 286-8 (lead by 408)

    And again! Pulled for three. Mark Wood is 32 not out. Whatever you are doing, stop. Ride your imaginary horse in a salute to England's number 10. The crowd are loving this.

  31. Eng 283-8 (lead by 405)

    Now Wood is giving Mitchell Johnson the treatment with a pull for four. Get him up the order.

  32. Eng 278-8 (Wood 25 from 14 balls)

    Alastair Cook leans over the England balcony, wearing his whites like a man who thinks he might be in the field tonight. If England bat past 18:20, there will be no time for the Aussies to get out there. What about a declaration now, give them a couple of sticky overs? Mark Wood! Fetch that! It's huge, massive. A dance to hit Lyon straight as you like, over the cameramen, past the tress and towards the river. It's out of the ground, but immediately thrown back. Did it nearly hit a jogger? Now the reverse sweep for four! England's lead is past 400. Cardiff is alive.

  33. Eng 266-8 (lead by 388)

    Mark Wood plays a shot

    With Mark Wood looking like he could play with his bat turned upside down, Australia summon Mitchell Johnson to put the wind up him. The slight issue with that plan is that Moeen faces the entire over, pushing it back in comfort.

  34. Eng 266-8 (Moeen 12, Wood 14)

    Despite most of the day being played in glorious sunshine, the clouds have now rolled in to such an extent that the floodlights have been turned on. Crowd still reasonably quiet, bar the odd strain of a song. Mark Wood's at it again! Big cover drive, Shane Watson chugging after it so slowly they actually run four. That's woken the crowd up.

  35. Tenuous links to cricketers

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    Ed Thorpe: I once stood behind Ben Hollioake in a McDonalds cue...

    Harry Carr: My old philosophy tutor was married to Sachin Tendulkar's cousin.

    Robin Parmiter: My brother once babysat W G Grace's grandson's Basset Hound.

  36. Eng 261-8 (lead by 383)

    Sorry, Jimmy, but the Lara nickname you've worn proudly for so long must now be given to Mark Wood. The Durham man, facing Mitchell Starc's 90mph bombs, gets on to his toes and plays a one-legged pull shot in front of square for four. What else does he have in his locker? There's a lot to like about Wood's cricket. Whole-hearted bowling, dogged batting. Under half an hour left in the day.

  37. Vote results

    Ian Bell

    We asked how many runs England need before they declare - and 42.9% of you reckoned 450.

    Some 37% thought 400 would be enough, while 11.2% said England needed to be 500 in front.

    This mini collapse may render any talk of declarations irrelevant anyway...

  38. Eng 253-8 (63 overs)

    Still Lyon, who has bowled well this evening. Wood, not looking like a man who will throw his wicket away, takes one, then Moeen gets on the slog sweep for a boundary. England may well already have enough, but I suspect most fans would like to see the 400 lead - a psychological milestone.

  39. Post update

    Geoffrey Boycott

    Ex-England batsman on BBC Test Match Special

    "I don't think its a terror pitch but it demands a certain way of playing. I was very worried it was going to be a tedious draw because batsmen were going to get in. Most of modern cricket is very good quality, there are a lot of results these days. In the sixties when I started there were a lot of draws which wasn't good for cricket. Young kids grow up now, Root is a perfect example, being more positive in T20 and one-day cricket. People have got used to expecting wins."

  40. Eng 246-8 (lead by 368)

    Mitchell Starc bowls

    In all the talk of careless batting, Mark Wood has shown himself capable of hanging around in his short Test career. He gets stuck in against Starc, who is still touching 90mph. Moeen would do well to trust Wood, and not play the type of airy off-stump swish that almost sends him back.

  41. Tenuous links to cricketers

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    Niall Smith: On the way to a cricket match in my car, I indicated to let Mark Butcher pull out in front of me.

    Joe Robinson: I once flagged Mark Ramprakash offside when he was playing football for Corinthian Casuals against my old school.

    Thomas Lynch: The tattooist who tattooed my leg has also tattooed Tim Bresnan.

  42. Eng 245-8 (Lyon 16-4-50-3)

    I haven't given Hazlewood enough credit there. It was a brilliant catch, taken inches above the turf in baseball-mitt hands. Mark Wood the new man, charged with hanging around to accompany Moeen Ali. There's a nagging feeling that England are messing this up, ever so slightly. Then again, they might already have enough.

  43. Post update

    Geoffrey Boycott

    Ex-England batsman on BBC Test Match Special

    "Hazlewood ran in, a big fella, kept his eyes on the ball, diving forward and caught it inches from the deck. He had a lot to do to catch it. Anyone will tell you diving forward is tough because it can hit you in the teeth."

  44. WICKET

    Broad c Hazlewood b Lyon 4 (Eng 245-8)

    Stuart Broad is dismissed

    England are getting careless, batting as if they already have enough. This time it's Stuart Broad, swiping Nathan Lyon straight. Josh Hazlewood comes in from long-off and takes a very, very good catch, diving forwards. That chink of light that Australia have is getting brighter. England will kick themselves all the way to Lord's if they lose this by two wickets.

  45. Tenuous links to cricketers


    Martin Palmer: I played pool until 4:00 in the morning with Athers, Freddie & Fairbrother in a hotel in Derby. My wife came down to the bar (in her nightie) wondering where I was. She got a lot of stick from the boys.

  46. Eng 244-7 (Starc 14-4-51-2)

    Michael Starc celebrates

    England have lost their last three wickets for 33 runs, their last two for four runs. Stuart Broad is the new man, the field set for some chin music. Broad sitting on the back foot, so Starc goes very full. Broad just about keeps it out. Could the Aussies even be batting again tonight?

  47. WICKET

    Stokes b Starc 42 (Eng 240-7)

    Ben Stokes is dismissed

    Through a touch of recklessness, England might be allowing Australia the slightest chink of light. Now it's Ben Stokes on the way back, aiming a drive at Mitchell Starc but only inside-edging on to his own stumps. I'm all for the aggression, but England's over-aggression has given Australia a very minor chance. Some discretion could have batted them out of the game.