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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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  1. Post update

    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.

  2. Aussie dark humour

  3. '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."

  4. Close of play scorecard

    Scorecard
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  6. Post update

    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."

  7. Post update

    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."

  8. Post update

    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."

  9. Post update

    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.

  10. Email tms@bbc.co.uk

    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.

  11. Post update

    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?

  12. Post update

    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.

  13. Post update

    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.

  14. Post update

    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."

  15. Post update

    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.

  16. Post update

    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.

  17. Close of play scorecard

    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

    Full scorecard

  18. Post update

    Michael Vaughan

    Ex-England captain on BBC Test Match Special

    England leave the field after day two

    "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."

  19. Close of play

    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.

  20. Close of play

    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.

  21. Join the debate at #bbccricket

    JoElle: ‏I have Edgbaston day 4 tickets for 75¢. And also a bridge in London you might be interested in buying.

  22. Aus 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...

  23. 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.

  24. 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.

  25. 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.

  26. 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.

  27. Strange places for cricket kit

    Join the debate at #bbccricket

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

  28. 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.

  29. 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."

  30. Post update

  31. 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.

  32. 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?

  33. Aus 153-7 (lead by 8)

    Finn, the dark-haired destroyer of Australian batting, roars in once more. On the Aussie balcony, Peter Siddle, Brad Haddin and Shane Watson talk about how they might get a game at Trent Bridge. Nevill, for the umpteenth time, plays and misses, but remains. He can't pinch the strike, so Starc will face up to Moeen.

  34. Strange places for cricket kit

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  35. Aus 153-7 (lead by 8)

    Steven Finn even has his own song, borrowed from Graeme Swann, "Finn will tear you apart". Lovely scene at Edgbaston now, evening sun, just like when Steve Harmison produced that slower ball to Michael Clarke 10 years ago. There's half an hour left in the day, plus an extra half hour should England require it. My current feeling is that they won't take it, but another swift wicket could change that.

  36. Five wickets for Steven Finn

    Aus 153-7

    Steven Finn celebrates

    And that, in his first Test match for two years, is five wickets for Steven Finn. From unselectable to unplayable, fairytale stuff. The crowd sings again, greeting new man Mitchell Starc with "Eng-ger-land". Will we be back tomorrow?

  37. WICKET

    Johnson c Stokes b Finn 14 (Aus 153-7)

    Steven Finn and Stuart Broad celebrate

    Can you believe this? First ball back into the attack and Steven Finn has made the breakthrough. It's nothing more than loosener and Mitchell Johnson can't help a heave to the leg side. He only gets a leading edge, high to Ben Stokes at point and Edgbaston is erupting once more. Two-day finish back on?

  38. Strange Places for Cricket Kit

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    Peter Danson: ‏Mad Max appears to be wearing an entire Wicketkeeper!

    D.W. Bentley: ‏Stranger place than Mad Max for a pair of cricket batting gloves? Easy, on Devon Maclom's hands.

  39. Aus 153-6

    Moeen has the leg-side packed for Nevill, leg slip, short leg and a short mid-wicket. Round the wicket, target the leg stump, Nevill still unflappable in defence. Summon Steven Finn...

  40. Post update

    Vic Marks

    Ex-England spinner on BBC Test Match Special

    Mitchell Johnson plays a shot

    "These two have played pretty well. They have shown it is possible out there, especially against an old ball that is not springing up off the turf. Johnson is playing patiently and responsibly and Nevill is impressing in his second Test."

  41. Aus 150-6 (Nevill 27 from 89 balls)

    The ECB update on Anderson doesn't tell us lots, but there are plenty giving us a worst-case scenario opinion. On Sky Sports, Sir Ian Botham is the latest to say he thinks Anderson will be out for the series if it is an intercostal problem. Broad still striving, Nevill still dead-batting. There are 12 overs left in the day.

  42. BreakingAnderson latest

    From the ECB: "James Anderson has a tight side and will be assessed overnight and in the morning. There will be an update tomorrow."

  43. Aus 150-6 (lead by 5)

    Moeen is looking to attack the area outside Nevill's off stump. Land the ball there, if it turns, it threatens the timbers. If it doesn't, slip is in play. Nevill, though, is an oasis of Australian calm in the middle of England's happiest home. A couple of pushes through the off side, a single to leg. Five from the over.

  44. 'He could be out of the Ashes'

    Anderson injury

    James Anderson

    Former England and Essex swing bowler Mark Ilott tells BBC Essex: "It looks a bad one. If it's an intercostal it could be seven weeks [for him to recover]. Other than a stress fracture of the back there's not much worse than a side strain for a quick bowler.

    "Potentially he could be out of the Ashes. When it swings there's no one better than Jimmy so I don't how you'd replace him if it's as bad as it looked, but let's hope it's not."

  45. Aus 145-6 (scores level)

    There you have it. England will have to bat again. Twice Stuart Broad drifts on to the pads of Peter Nevill, who brings the scores level. It's almost like we're in a different stadium to an hour ago, watching a different sport. When England were rampant, when Finn's ball was dominating Aussie bats, Edgbaston was baying. Now it's napping, awaiting a reason to wake up.

  46. Strange places for cricket kit

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  47. Aus 142-6

    Is this the moment? Peter Nevill gropes at a not-turner from Moeen and England holler for a catch behind. Nothing doing. What was that noise? Bat on floor. A Ben Stokes mis-field gives Nevill three, taking the Aussie keeper on to a rapid 19 from 73 balls. He's doing a fine job of holding England up.

  48. Scorecard update

    Scorecard
  49. Post update

    Vic Marks

    Ex-England spinner on BBC Test Match Special

    "Alastair Cook has plenty to smile about but he will be worried by Jimmy Anderson's departure. It is not worth Cook thinking about the ramifications. He needs to focus on this match.

    "With the speed this match has moved forward, we have not seen much bowling with the old ball. And I don't think it does as much. It doesn't behave as mischievously."

  50. Drinks break

    Aus 138-6

    Can Broad provide England with a little lift, pick them up after this flat 45 minutes or so? His length is good, but the line not so much. Wickets, so regular either side of tea, seem a little harder to come by. It's almost like we're watching proper Test cricket. Think about that during the drinks break.

  51. Aus 137-6

    Indeed it will be Stuart Broad. 299 Test wickets, remember...

  52. Join the debate at #bbccricket

    Stuart Mitchell: Jimmy with a side strain makes it more important that we wrap this up soon, give him more recovery time before next Thursday.

    Paul Fletcher: ‏Chris Rushworth get loose for the next test...

    possit: ‏ Never want to lose Jimmy Anderson but does solve the Wood problem so many were worried about. Might be good for the future

  53. Aus 137-6 (trail by 8)

    Still Moeen, who will have a greater workload with Anderson off the pitch. Whereas Johnson was looking to biff, Nevill is happy to drop anchor, nurdle. Blue sky, sunshine, shadows. Rapid over, one from it. Edgbaston becalmed, as if that Anderson injury has sucked wind from sails.

  54. Aus 136-6 (Nevill 16, Johnson 10)

    Mitchell Johnson looks on as James Anderson pulls up with an injury

    Just looking again at when James Anderson got injured. He bowled two trimmers, felt his side, doubling over in pain. He tried again, aborted his run and headed off. Unconfirmed reports suggest an intercostal tear. If that's the case, he could be done for a while. Stokes full to Nevill, a maiden. Stuart Broad getting loose.

  55. Things to do in Birmingham: Part Two

    Join the debate at #bbccricket

    Rikhi: Do the 'Harborne Mile' - soaking in the sun in the bucolic beer gardens of Edgbaston and Harborne

    Totum: Simon, Elliott and Paul could take it turns to massage Jimmy A's side over a 48 hour period. National service type thing

    TW Royals Cricket: For anyone with Day 4 tickets I'll organise a pub crawl from Edgbaston to Birmingham City Centre in Fancy Dress #barmyarmy

  56. Eng 136-6 (trail by 9)

    Yep, Mitchell Johnson fancies a bit of Moeen here. A dance, a biff, four straight down the ground. England must beware here. Nevill's Test batting average is 31. Johnson 23, Starc 25, Hazlewood 41 and Lyon 14. Enough batting to make the chase tricky. There are 19 overs left in the day if they don't take an extra half hour.

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  58. Aus 131-6 (trail by 14)

    Ben Stokes puffs out his cheeks, takes the ball and begins his journey towards Peter Nevill, who waits with almost no backlift, Paul Collingwood-style. The sun shines on the crowd, who chat and drink as they for the next reason to get excited. Still the appearance of batting being a little easier continues. Australia slowly nudging towards making England bat again.

  59. Get Inspired

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  60. Aus 127-6 (trail by 18)

    Still Moeen, looking for the turn that Nathan Lyon enjoyed earlier on. Wheeling away, no great threat, four runs milked. Even the crowd has quietened too. A pick-me-up is required.

  61. Join the debate at #bbccricket

    BÖÖM!: Jimmy Anderson off for his birthday drinks - well deserved

    Nicholas Cram: Was that England's McGrath moment??? #sidegate

    Ben: Hope James is ok. Trent Bridge well known for being one of his happiest hunting grounds.

  62. Aus 123-6 (Nevill 13, Johnson 2)

    Ben Stokes back on, Joe Root required only for three balls. This ball is still swinging, this way and that, almost crushing Mitchell Johnson's toes. Have things just calmed a little? Australia seemed to have pulled away from self-destruct mode.

  63. Aus 121-6 (trail by 24)

    Spin from both ends as Moeen comes on. Round the wicket to the right-handed Nevill, who calmly defends. Still on for a two-day finish? Would England take the extra half hour now they are a bowler down?

  64. Things to do in Birmingham

    Join the debate at #bbccricket

    mark mccausland: Go to Brindley Place, Bennetts Hill or Broad Street #pubs

    Tom King: Simon and Elliott could go and watch Birmingham City v Leicester City pre season friendly at St Andrew's on Saturday...

    Dave Shelton I hear the pen nib museum is very good.

  65. Aus 121-6 (trail by 24)

    James Anderson leaves the field injured

    England's joy could well be dampened if Anderson's injury turns out to be serious. For a long time we've worried how England would cope if James Anderson was forced to miss a Test match. We might be about to find out.

  66. Post update

    Jonathan Agnew

    BBC Test Match Special

    "They can take a while these injuries. England will be desperate that their main man is fit for the next match. He is absolutely right to stop and go off."

  67. Anderson injured

    Aus 121-6

    James Anderson pulls up injured

    James Anderson was feeling his side throughout that over and eventually pulled out of his run and walked straight off the pitch. Side injuries are very dangerous for bowlers, so that's a real concern for England. That like-for-like replacement Joe Root will bowl the rest of his over.

  68. Aus 121-6

    A mate of mine has just text me to say he's on Southport sea front and has seen a lad roll by on a skateboard whilst wearing wicketkeeping gloves. The Ashes effect? Is that the oddest example of someone wearing cricket kit? Back in the middle, James Anderson has massaged this ball's vocal chords and is making it sing Nessun Dorma. Big out-swinger, Johnson misses. In-swinger, Johnson leaves, hits him on the pad. But, there's trouble...

  69. Get Inspired

    This cricket's good, isn't it? If you're wondering how to get into the game you should head over to BBC Sport's dedicated Get Inspired page. There you will find all you need to know about this wonderful sport.

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  70. Aus 119-6

    It was hitting the bottom of off stump, but hit the flap of Nevill's pad a long way outside the line of off stump. "Well done," says third umpire Marais Erasmus to on-field ump Chris Gaffaney. Team Umpire. Only one decision in 22 in this series has been overturned.

  71. Umpire review

    Aus 119-6

    Let's rock n roll that. Big in-ducker from Stokes. No bat...

  72. Umpire review

    Aus 119-6

    It's a very good ball from Stokes to Nevill, but I'm not sure about the review. I think it's hit him outside the line. Let's see...

  73. Aus 118-6 (Nevill 10, Johnson 1)

    Still Anderson in the sunshine, sweat on his brow, songs as he kicks to the crease. Away, away, away, in-ducker! That's hooped around a tree, but Nevill is up to it, even if it is another edge that doesn't carry to the slips. I'm trying to think of a more topsy-turvy Test series than this. Struggling.

  74. Join the debate at #bbccricket

    Simon: Got train and cricket tickets for Saturday. Anyone got any suggestions of what to do in Birmingham? I hear the Bullring is nice

    Elliott Mallows: Any suggestions for things for a group of guys to do in Birmingham on Saturday?!

    Paul: Currently on the train to Birmingham from Scotland for tomorrow's play. Any idea what to do in Brum on a free Friday?

  75. Aus 118-6 (trail by 27)

    Ben Stokes might fancy a bit of Mitchell Johnson after the leather-sniffer he got this morning. For the moment he has to contend with Peter Nevill, who leans into a cover drive for four. In theory, there's still 35 overs left in the day - Australia have only batted for 30 so far. Edgbaston buzzes, there's an odd pocket of song, but still ready to explode at the next green helmet on the way back to the hutch.

  76. How's stat?

    Andrew Samson

    BBC Test Match Special statistician

    "If Australia don't make England bat again it will be England's first home Ashes win by an innings since the Oval in 1985. They have four by an innings in Australia since then."

  77. Aus 112-6 (Anderson 7-4-15-1)

    David Warner is dismissed

    Looking again, Warner got himself into a horrible tangle. He was trying to pull a ball that was on off stump and moving away from him, effectively playing with half a bat. Tucked up, ball straight up, Adam Lyth given an easy chance. Mitchell Johnson the new man, Edgbaston switches from singing the praises of Anderson to mocking the Aussie pacer.

  78. Post update

    Phil Tufnell

    Ex-England spinner on BBC Test Match Special

    "He has got right across to off stump and tried to turn it and got a leading edge quite a way up for a comfortable catch for Lyth. That is the shot of a man who knows the end is round the corner."

  79. WICKET

    Warner c Lyth b Anderson 77 (Aus 111-6)

    James Anderson claims the wicket of David Warner

    The big one! James Anderson has David Warner and England are careering towards a 2-1 lead in this Ashes series. Short of a length, Warner looks for a pull, but only top edges to Adam Lyth at short cover. "Ooooh, Jimmy, Jimmy," is the song of Edgbaston, while the Aussies are considering a Friday tour of Birmingham library.

  80. Scorecard update

    Australia 107-5 (28 overs) - trail by 38

    Batsmen: Warner 77*, Nevill 5*

    Fall of wickets: 17-1 (Rogers 6), 62-2 (Smith 8), 76-3 (Clarke 3), 76-4 (Voges 0), 92-5 (M Marsh 6)

    Bowling figures: Anderson 6-3-15-0, Broad 9-1-31-1, Finn 9-1-39-4, Moeen 1-0-11-0, Stokes 3-0-9-0

    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

    Full scorecard

  81. Aus 107-5 (trail by 38)

    Peter Nevill bats

    Peter Nevill is batting with a dodecahedron, as another edge just fails to carry to the slips. In the background, the Edgbaston crowd provide the soundtrack to the evening (and maybe your trip home too). James Anderson has been off the field for a little while, but he's now back on and about to replace Steve Finn.

  82. Email tms@bbc.co.uk

    Sam Anstee: Loving the excitement and prospect of a series defining win (potentially), but am I the only one feeling this test match is a bit lacking in quality? Yes, it's incredibly exciting, but under-11's cricket can also be exciting if it's close. We watch Test cricket because it's the ultimate test, these should be the best 22 players these two teams have to offer, applying themselves and doing everything it takes to win. Whilst it has been exciting, the moments of excellence have been few and far between.

  83. Drinks break

    Aus 106-5

    Brad Haddin runs drinks onto the field

    The players have taken drinks, by the way. Ben Stokes to continue after the break.

  84. Join the debate at #bbccricket

    matts76: Bowling out the Aussies ? It was nu-Finn

    Petersaurus Rapp: England winning inside two days?! What is this Finnsanity

    Andrew Byama: Marsh mellowed! C'mon England.

  85. Post update

    Tom Fordyce

    Chief sports writer at Edgbaston

    "The period around an hour after tea is usually one for a stroll to the bar, or a stroll to the smaller room near the bar because of the earlier trips straight to the bar. Some punters generally start packing up the coolboxes and heading home. Not today. This has been such an extraordinary day of Test cricket that no-one dare look away, let alone leave their seat in search of other pursuits."

  86. Post update

    Phil Tufnell

    Ex-England spinner on BBC Test Match Special

    "It hasn't flattened out has it? The second and third day is usually pretty good here for batting but it has kept doing it all day. When Nathan Lyon came on it turned from a green seamer to a turning track in one over. It keeps all the bowlers interested."

  87. Aus 106-5 (trail by 39)

    I'm trying to remember the last time I saw an England bowler send down a better spell than this. Finn, tall as a giraffe, thin as a crisp, is charging in, whirring his arms and testing Peter Nevill at speeds in the high-80s. Seam movement away from the right-hander, who isn't quite good enough to get an edge. In the stands, some Aussies in yellow have an umbrella up and are doing a rain dance. They'll be tired if they have to do that for another three days.

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  89. Aus 101-5 (Warner 76 from 56 balls)

    Like him or not (and my gut feeling is that a lot of England fans fall into the latter category), it's worth noting how well David Warner has played this afternoon. Whilst those around him have folded faster than Superman on laundry day, Warner has stood firm, not just defending, but counter-punching. At the moment, he seems like the only line of defence between Australia and a two-day defeat.

  90. Aus 96-5 (Warner 71, Nevill 1)

    Steve Finn is bowling rozzer after rozzer. Pace, just back of a length, nipping away, leaving Nevill groping in the dark. It's unplayable stuff. Is this game crawling into a third day?

  91. Aus 96-5

    Ooooowwwwwzzzzatttttt!?!?!? Jos Buttler is convinced, Steven Finn is convinced, Edgbaston is convinced and the whole of England is convinced. Surely Nevill is caught behind? No, says Aleem Dar. Cook asks his keeper, then decides it could have hit the back leg. He's right too. The skipper will make a good umpire when he's done.

  92. Join the debate at #bbccricket

    Tom Burrows: Finnomenal.

    Sean West: I can't F-INN believe this.

    Steve Jones: The Aussies batting order is looking a bit Finn now.

  93. Aus 95-5 (trail by 50)

    To put you in the picture, there are 33 overs left in the day, which have to be bowled by 19:00. After that, if England think they can get the match won tonight, they can request an extra half an hour. The last two-day Test match in England was the win over West Indies at Headingley in 2000. The 15-year-old me was lucky enough to be in the crowd. Edgbaston roars Stokes to the crease, Peter Nevill works hard to keep him out.

  94. Post update

    Glenn McGrath

    Ex-Australia seamer on BBC Test Match Special

    "Finn is almost unplayable. He gets a huge cheer from the crowd. The only ovation I ever got like that at Edgbaston was when it was announced I wasn't playing before the 2005 Test."

  95. Aus 92-5 (trail by 53)

    The crowd cheer Steven Finn

    Wonderful scenes as Steven Finn returns to his fielding position, the whole stand rising for a standing ovation. Can you imagine how good it must feel to be greeted that way in the middle of a spell that is winning an Ashes Test? Simply brilliant. Ben Stokes on for his first bowl of the match.

  96. Email tms@bbc.co.uk

    Martin Nash: In 2013 I had tickets for day 4 at the Oval: washed out. In 2015 I have tickets for day 4 at Edgbaston: not gonna happen. Am I cursed to never see an Ashes test match in the flesh?

  97. Aus 92-5 (Finn 7-1-34-4)

    This really is extraordinary stuff. Not least because of the England turnaround from Lord's, but the turnaround of Finn from rock bottom to Aussie destroyer. Marsh was caught on the crease, leaden-footed, meaning there was a gap big enough for a bus between bat and pad. When Finn found a touch of seam movement, Marsh was a goner. Peter Nevill the new man. Good luck, champ.

  98. Scorecard update

    Scorecard
  99. Post update

    Glenn McGrath

    Ex-Australia seamer on BBC Test Match Special

    "Very good bowling from Finn. It was a good length, hit the seam and just came back slightly. No need to worry about the review there. Australia are in serious trouble now. You have to wonder why Finn has not been back playing Test cricket prior to this?"

  100. WICKET

    M Marsh b Finn 6 (Aus 92-5)

    Steven Finn celebrates wicket of Mitchell Marsh

    Bowled him! This could be all done tonight. Mitchell Marsh loses his furniture, neck and crop, as Steven Finn does the business again. Full, straight, fast. Where has Finn been for the past two years? Edgbaston is bouncing. Could be a good do on Broad Street this evening.

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    John Morris: Silly that reviews are lost on Umpire's Call - no problem with the concept of it but shouldn't cost the reviewing side a review

  102. Aus 92-4 (trail by 53)

    Sunshine in Birmingham matches the sunny demeanour of the Edgbaston crowd. There's songs, there's fancy dress (Dalmatians, Cruella de Vil, Aussie bushmen, city bankers), there's beer. Broad, galloping shadow to his left, has Marsh in a tangle with the short ball. From the safety of the other end, Marsh leans on his bat, as if to say "I had it covered". We believe you, Mitchell.

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    Sam Sheringham

    BBC Sport at Edgbaston

    Edgbaston

    "How about this as a place to spend your Thursday afternoon? The view from Edgbaston's 'Skyline Kiosk'."

  104. Aus 91-4

    Thanks, Marc. Have I missed much? What do you mean we might get the weekend off?

  105. Aus 91-4 (trail by 54)

    When I took over this live text commentary a few short hours ago, England were only seven down. It's been possibly one of the best sessions of cricket I've ever seen. Here's to more of the same... over to Stephan Shemilt.

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    Glenn McGrath

    Ex-Australia seamer on BBC Test Match Special

    Steven Finn appeals

    "I thought that was absolutely dead when I saw it. No wonder they went up like they did. I'm a bowler and I think that is out. It is knocking middle stump out of the ground. I don't know how the umpire didn't give it out."

  107. Aus 90-4

    Almost... umpire's call on height. England almost got a leaden-footed Mitchell Marsh lbw there. Steven Finn rolls his eyes. You can't win them all, Finny.

  108. Umpire review

    Aus 90-4

    Steven Finn unsuccessfully appeals the wicket of Mitchell Marsh

    I tell you what, this looks close. Finn to Mitchell Marsh. How's it not bowled him? Alastair Cook thinks. The crowd are reviewing it. So's the skipper...

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    Christian Chew: I've tickets for days three and four at Edgbaston to watch #ENGvAUS....fancy dress sorted and everything #gutted

    Christophe Talbotski: Bit concerned at this not lasting three days, not only have tickets for Saturday but also hula girl outfits may go to waste!

    James Metcalfe: Whose organising the fancy dress pub crawl in Birmingham on Saturday?

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  111. Aus 87-4 (trail by 58)

    There'll be a few Birmingham-based tour guides rubbing their hands at the moment - there could be a number of touring Australians with time on their hands at the weekend. Stuart Broad is steaming in but no joy. Remember, his next wicket will be number 300. Potentially trying too hard.

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    Richard in Wiltshire: Yesterday you received an email noting that one of the oldest records in Test cricket (highest percentage of team total by one batsman) was under threat from Chris Rogers. Dare I suggest David Warner could be the one to break the record this innings?

    Good spot Richard. The record is 67.3%, set by Australia's Charles Bannerman in the very first ever Test match in 1877 when he made 165 not out in a total of 245. After 20 overs, Warner has 75.8% of Australia's run total.

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  114. Aus 85-4 (Warner 65 off 45)

    Could England win this tonight? There's another 38 overs left. A staggering thought on the second day. In the last Test, Australia had just about declared their first innings at this stage.

    David Warner belts Steven Finn to the cover boundary. The field is up, meaning there are gaps for the left-hander.

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    Max in Andalusia: Going home on the commuter train from Seville to Dos Hermanas. Got some very strange looks when shouting "Get in there Finny my son!" Explained I was listening to the cricket, more strange looks.

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    Vic Marks

    Ex-England spinner on BBC Test Match Special

    "If Australia do get out of this hole they will do so quickly. Warner won't change the way he plays. Marsh is a relative novice at this level and I don't think he is capable of playing a defensive innings."

  118. Aus 79-4 (trail by 66)

    Mitchell Marsh won't hang around here - pulling a half-tracker from Stuart Broad for two. Edgbaston is like a bottle of pop at the moment. It keeps getting shaken up and explodes every five minutes. All quiet at the moment though. For now.

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    Steven Finn celebrates

    Mark Cosgrove: That catch is why Lyth keeps his place ahead of the likes of Hales

    Chris Plant: Listening on headphones while the wife sleeps, MUST NOT CHEER!

    Georgia Davenport: FINNNNNNNN!!

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    Vic Marks

    Ex-England spinner on BBC Test Match Special

    "This is not a terror track by any means. The last two dismissals have not misbehaved. It is just Finn sending down from a good height, on a good length and exploiting some tentative batting."

  121. Aus 77-4 (trail by 68)

    David Warner is joined at the non-striker's end by fieldsman James Anderson. They are virtually rubbing shoulders. "Reckon you can take it into a third day, Dave?"

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    Vic Marks

    Ex-England spinner on BBC Test Match Special

    "Just that little bit of bounce and a new batsman being tentative. Finn goes back and acknowledges a standing ovation at fine leg. I felt for him after that first over, when he looked a bit out of sorts, but that change of ends has proved to be a funky piece of captaincy from Alastair Cook."

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  124. Aus 76-4

    Five slips for the hat-trick ball. Is that all skip? Steven Finn is roared to the wicket and fails to make Mitchell Marsh play. Never mind, the Aussies are four down.

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    Vic Marks

    Ex-England spinner on BBC Test Match Special

    "Bell even had the impertinency to take that catch Aussie style. Finn on a hat-trick, Marsh on a pair. It is quite noisy here at Birmingham and this game is moving at a pace we cannot believe."

  126. WICKET

    Voges c Bell b Finn 0 (Aus 76-4)

    Steven Finn celebrates wicket of Adam Voges

    Right this party is cranking into serious life now. Two in two for Steven Finn - ball angling across Adam Voges and it is edged to safe hands Ian Bell at second slip. Dreamy stuff. Wow. Hat-trick ball...

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    Vic Marks

    Ex-England spinner on BBC Test Match Special

    "It was a goodish ball, it just bounced a little bit. The face was open and the shot a bit tentative. If Finn does nothing else in this game he has already done his bit to turn it. He had Smith - the best player - in the first innings and now Clarke twice."

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    Clarke c Lyth b Finn 3 (Aus 76-3)

    Steven Finn celebrates wicket of Michael Clarke

    This could be the best few hours of a Thursday afternoon you've had in a long time. If you're commuting home shortly... make sure you retain phone or radio signal. Australia are three down now as Michael Clarke is tied up in knots by Steven Finn and edges to Adam Lyth at fourth slip. Excitable Edgbaston.

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    Vic Marks

    Ex-England spinner on BBC Test Match Special

    "I always thought the first time teams started to wittingly play this form of fast, aggressive cricket was the Australian team under Steve Waugh in the mid-90s. They encouraged the likes of Gilchrist and Hayden to go for teams.

    "There were teams in the distant past, like the West Indian side with Viv Richards, who would attack but that was almost by accident because they had those kind of players."

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  131. Aus 75-2 (trail by 70)

    Tell me... is this 2015 Ashes series having the same effect as the 2005 Ashes? Have you managed to get a non-cricket fan into the Ashes? It's pure sporting theatre at the moment. Despair one minute, delight the next. Another good over from Stuart Broad. Two from it.

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    Rich: Hales has done OK but he is hardly making himself a must-select. I don't understand why there is such clamouring for him.

    Tim Adamson: How encouraging it is that Australia have Adam Voges - and not Mike Hussey - coming in at 5. Hussey was imperious in these situations.

  133. Post update

    Stuart Broad bowls

    What's the evening session got in store for us? Let's find out. Stuart Broad is at the end of his mark. Michael Clarke is playing shadow shots. Let's play.

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    Stephen Shuttleworth: It is often the case that the second-choice wicket-keeper does not have much to do on a tour. This summer, the second-choice has played in Tests in both series:- Luke Ronchi (NZ) and Peter Nevill (Aus). This must be unusual.

    New Zealand actually used three keepers, with Tom Latham taking the gloves in the Lord's Test.

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    Who's on top here, then? Opinion is mixed around me. My only prediction? We're going to get a nailbiting 2005-style finish.

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    Michael Vaughan

    Ex-England captain on BBC Test Match Special

    "Australia have halved the deficit in 15 overs. That is why England will be worried as long as Warner is out there. If he nullifies that himself and gets 145 then England will have to chase a tricky total. But England are in the box seat."

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    Have a dip, Chris. You've got 10 minutes of tea left...

  139. Tea scorecard

    Australia 73-2 (15 overs) - trail by 72

    Batsmen: Warner 56*, Clarke 2*

    Fall of wickets: 17-1 (Rogers 6), 62-2 (Smith 8)

    Bowling figures: Anderson 6-3-15-0, Broad 5-1-25-1, Finn 3-0-21-1, Moeen 1-0-11-0.

    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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    Charlie Drayton: Call me a pessimist but Clarke to get a big hundred and Australia to mount a convincing lead.

    Ben Finn: Warner's destruction of the England bowlers is what Alex Hales could do if brought in to replace Lyth.

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    Michael Vaughan

    Ex-England captain on BBC Test Match Special

    "There will be periods when you think the ball is doing nothing. But as a batsman you can't ever feel like you are in control. It gives the bowling side a reason to believe they can get something. That is what makes this a good wicket."

  143. Tea

    Aus 73-2

    David Warner takes us to tea with a scorching four through the covers. That ball almost singed the turf it went so fast.

  144. Aus 68-2 (trail by 77)

    Michael Clarke is having to dig deep here - playing a quite exaggerated defensive prod off the back foot to Steven Finn. He then gets an inside-edge into his midriff. The stump microphone picks up a yelp of pain. Tough going for Pup.

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  146. 50 for Warner off 35 balls

    Aus 67-2

    David Warner won't back down. He's reached his 17th Test fifty in just 41 matches. He takes three off Stuart Broad to bring it up.

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    Kevin Carter: I think I just heard Edgbaston erupt from the centre of Birmingham.

  148. Aus 63-2

    A horrible swish from Michael Clarke gets Stuart Broad giddy. The opening bowler is back on because he's got Clarke's measure. Nobody has dismissed him more.

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    Ralph Brooker: Credit to Captain Cook for the Smith wicket. He was prepared to buy it. He could easily have taken Finn off. What an atmosphere.

  151. Aus 63-2 (trail by 82)

    Michael Clarke - in one of the worst trots of his career - tickles a leg-bye off Steven Finn. He's averaging 18.88 in his last six Ashes Tests. His team need a captain's knock now.

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    Tom Fordyce

    Chief sports writer at Edgbaston

    "It would be an exaggeration to say that the rapid, five runs an over Australian response had silenced Edgbaston - that would be to underestimate how much you can drink by mid-afternoon when you put your mind and wallet to it. But the jubilation when Buttler hung on to Smith's top edge told its own tale. After a first over that had gone for 14, the mighty Finn has turned it round again."

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    Michael Vaughan

    Ex-England captain on BBC Test Match Special

    "It was there to hit. I'm just trying to work out how it hit the top edge. It wasn't quick. But it was the breakthrough England were desperately after. They were just starting to look at the scorecard. This is a big innings for the Australia captain now. He hasn't been in any kind of form."

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    Smith c Buttler b Finn 8 (Aus 62-2)

    Steven Finn celebrates

    Steve Smith... Steven Finn's got your number. The big England quick gets rid of the world's number one rated batsman for the second time in the match. Smith tries to wallop one which is quickly on to him and top edges behind to Jos Buttler. The ball took an age to come down but when it did... boy, did Edgbaston erupt.

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    David Warner plays a shot

    Richard Haines: Better to have got Warner out early, Rogers an old fashioned accumulator so game doesn't race away, Warner can cause havoc.

    Shane: David Warner only ever seems to play in T20 mode... dangerman.

    Jarleth Eaton: ‏England letting the Aussies make up the runs too easily. This has the makings of a match saving/winning partnership.

  157. Aus 61-1 (Warner 47 off 33)

    David Warner is a proper second-innings player. He thrives at the business end of things. He tickles Moeen for four, then late cuts another boundary. Penny for Alastair Cook's thoughts.

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    Michael Vaughan

    Ex-England captain on BBC Test Match Special

    "Alastair Cook has realised very quickly that Finn didn't get it quite right in that one over so he has gone to Moeen Ali. Ali has got Warner out a few times so this will be interesting."

  159. Aus 50-1 (trail by 95)

    An unconvincing poke from Steve Smith when he tries to cut James Anderson. He'll be glad when the England talisman is grazing in the field. The crowd continue to sing the bowler's name. All very jovial. Another play and miss from Steve Smith is greeted with more verbals from a grumpy Jimmy. Own up. Who forgot to send a birthday card?

  160. Scorecard update

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  162. Aus 50-1

    Four more. David Warner flicking a boundary off his hips. Steven Finn's first over goes for 14.

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    Michael Vaughan

    Ex-England captain on BBC Test Match Special

    "In the back of Alastair Cook's mind he will know that David Warner is a key figure here for Australia because he scores so quickly. The lead can get put to bed within a session if he gets going."

  165. Aus 46-1

    David Warner plays a shot

    The Aussies are getting stuck into Steven Finn - David Warner smashing four off the back foot through the covers.

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    Merlyn: Don't get why England are bowling to Steve Smith so far outside his stumps. Lbw? Bowled? Let him walk all over the place

    Peter Vaz: Why has no one ever tried to target Steve Smith's leg stump? He moves so far across that he exposes his stumps!!

  167. Aus 42-1 (Warner 28, Smith 5)

    Steven Finn bowls a loopy yorker-type delivery which Steve Smith whips for three. If he missed though, he was a goner.

  168. Aus 36-1 (trail by 109)

    I wonder if James Anderson has to get cakes in for the dressing room because it's his birthday? A nice chocolate éclair for the close of play. There's a quiet hum inside Edgbaston now - the excitement of earlier evaporating. England might turn to Steven Finn before long? He's warming up on the boundary. Steve Smith raises a smile from the Aussies inside the ground with a straightly-driven four. Anderson responds with some verbals.

    "Nip into the dressing room later for a cream cake, lads." Or maybe not.

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    A Question of Sport Teaser

    We asked you earlier - other than James Anderson, which five England bowlers have taken six or more wickets in an Ashes innings since 2005?

    The answers to today's #QSTeaser from @QuestionofSport - Stuart Broad, Steven Finn, Matthew Hoggard, Simon Jones and Ben Stokes.

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    Phil Tufnell

    Ex-England spinner on BBC Test Match Special

    "If I was a really quick bowler I'd be looking to bowl a leg-stump yorker to Smith. Steer it in to him and prevent him moving. They used to try to do that to Brian Lara because he had that big back-lift and used to skip across."