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  1. Australia set 412 to win first Test
  2. Would be third highest chase in Test history
  3. England bowled out for 289 late on
  4. Bell 60, Root 60, Stokes 42; Lyon 4-75
  5. Australia lost last five wickets for 43 runs

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By Stephan Shemilt and Marc Higginson

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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.

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

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."

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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.

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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."

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."

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."

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."

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.

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."

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.

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."

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.

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."

Close-of-play scorecard


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.

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
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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.

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."


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.

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.


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.


Eng 287-8

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

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Eng 287-8

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

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."

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.

Tenuous links to cricketers

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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.

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.

Eng 283-8 (lead by 405)

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

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.

Geoffrey Boycott

Ex-England batsman on BBC Test Match Special

"I don't think anyone saw this coming, not even the England players. On top for all three days - they should buy the groundsman a bottle of champagne."

Eng 266-8 (lead by 388)

Mark Wood plays a shot
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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.

Glenn McGrath

BBC Test Match Special

"Wood is looking pretty comfortable out there."

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.

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.

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.

Vote results

Ian Bell
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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...