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Live Reporting

Stephan Shemilt, James Gheerbrant and Phil Dawkes

All times stated are UK

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  1. Post update

    And that's just about it, the end of a day where England moved to the brink of regaining the Ashes and of a fourth successive home series win over Australia.

    Sleep well, little urn. Tomorrow, you will be won.

    The Ashes urn
  2. Post update

    Geoffrey Boycott

    Ex-England batsman on BBC Test Match Special

    "I'm the first person to put my hand up and say I'm amazed at how the series has turned out. We were awful in Australia. I think the biggest change has been Bayliss saying after the defeat at Lord's, 'We want English pitches to get our fast bowlers Broad and Anderson in the game.'"

  3. Jimmy joins Not Just Cricket

    BBC Radio 5 live

    Not Just Cricket

    Jimmy Anderson, missing this Test because of injury, will join his old mate Graeme Swann on Radio 5 live on Saturday morning for the latest edition of Not Just Cricket.

    It will be live from 09:00-11:00 from Trent Bridge with Greg James hosting. Prepare yourself for some tomfoolery.

  4. Join the debate at #bbccricket

    Craig Farr: I will see some cricket at Trent Bridge tomorrow. Thank you, bad light. Thank you.

    Roger: Stumps. Looks like I'll be burning the midnight oil again tonight!

    Andy Perry: Ok, so now we believe! Fabulous work by England. One of the most relaxed Ashes tests I can recall.

  5. Player reaction

    Mitchell Starc on Sky Sports: "It's been a tough couple of days of cricket but we are still alive. We'll come out again tomorrow and fight as hard as we can - that's the Australian way.

    "Taking six wickets was special with this being an Ashes series, but I'd rather we were heading into day three in a better position."

  6. Post update

    Geoffrey Boycott

    Ex-England batsman on BBC Test Match Special

    "Michael Clarke's brain is scrambled. England have planned well to him and what once was there is not there any more. The short ball unsettles him - he's on the back foot constantly, looking for it."

  7. Day two scorecard

    Australia 241-7 and 60 all out - trail by 90 runs

    Not out batsmen: Voges 48, Starc 0

    Fall of wickets: 113-1 (Rogers 52), 130-2 (Warner 64), 136-3 (Marsh 2), 136-4 (Smith 5), 174-5 (Clarke 13), 224-6 (Nevill 17), 236-7 (Johnson 5)

    Bowling figures: Broad 16-5-36-1, Wood 12.2-0-63-1, Finn 12-4-42-0, Stokes 16-4-35-5, Moeen 6-0-34-0

    England first innings: 391-9 dec (Root 130, Bairstow 74, Moeen 38, Starc 6-111)

    Full scorecard

  8. Post update

    From there it was all about if Australia could take it to three days, which they just about managed thanks to the resistance of Adam Voges and the late introduction of some bad light. When we return tomorrow, England will be three balls from the little urn.

  9. Post update

    Geoffrey Boycott

    Ex-England batsman on BBC Test Match Special

    Ben Stokes and Marlon Samuels

    "Probably the best thing that's happened to Stokes was that business when Marlon Samuels took the mickey out of him in the West Indies. Since then he's shut up and just let his raw talent take over. If he's got anything up top, which I think he has, he will be a great cricketer."

  10. Post update

    And then the Aussie resistance, a century stand between Rogers and Warner, helped by a couple of dropped catches and a wicket from a no-ball - there would be another of those later too. But, get one of the Aussie top order and you're likely to get four of them. 113-0 became 136-4 thanks to Stokes the swinger.

  11. Join the debate at #bbccricket

    LimertillyWeatherwax: honestly glad that cricket will get into day three. a two day test just seems not very crickety.

    Dave: All over by 11.30 tomorrow. Bring on little Urn.

    Tirzah T: Massive congratulations to the Australians for taking this into the third day... Ben Stokes salutes you.

  12. Post update

    Geoffrey Boycott

    Ex-England batsman on BBC Test Match Special

    "Excellent day for England, they've had two fabulous days. Moeen Ali played splendidly, and England are blessed with tail-enders who can bat - Mark Wood was amazing, he played some crisp, clean shots. Stuart Broad bowled superbly after lunch, but didn't get anything to show for it. Stokes was the man - he got three wickets in the afternoon with beautiful swing balls and he fully deserved his five-wicket haul."

  13. Post update

    It seems a long time ago that Alastair Cook sprung that surprise declaration, doesn't it? That was after fast-forward morning which saw England move from 274-4 to 391-9. Mitchell Starc was devastating, Moeen Ali and Stuart Broad entertained. Australia survived a tricky 10 minutes before lunch.

  14. Post update

    Michael Vaughan

    Ex-England captain on BBC Test Match Special

    "I think cricket has become cool again this summer, in the way England have played and the way they've been as people. Even after the loss at Lord's, they didn't let that affect them and they kept playing their football and being open with the media. It will stand them in good stead."

  15. Join the debate at #bbccricket

    Nick Bruzon: Great work from Australia in taking the Test match to a third day. Just.

    Damien Cahill: What is the point of having floodlights if they are going to go off for bad light?

    Russ ⚒ Webb: I'll support Australia now for 90 more runs. Just for entertainment purposes.

  16. Post update

    Ben Stokes

    Yep, today has belonged to Ben Stokes, the Durham all-rounder has swung the ball and the Ashes a little nearer to England's grasp. Good pace, slippery lengths, inspiration for an attack that looked to be flagging late on.

  17. Post update

    Andrew Samson

    BBC Test Match Special statistician

    "Ben Stokes is just the third English all-rounder to get two centuries and two five-fors in his first 15 Tests, after Len Braund and Ian Botham."

  18. Post update

    Michael Vaughan

    Ex-England captain on BBC Test Match Special

    "The consistency levels which England have shown here and at Edgbaston, the channels and the lengths they have bowled, have been really exciting. And I like that it's a different bowler every time who stands up for England. Australia haven't been good enough to see off England when the ball is moving, but it was high-class bowling from a brilliant young cricketer."

  19. Close-of-play scorecard

  20. Post update

    How do you feel about that? Disappointed the job won't be done tonight, or pleased at the prospect of a day-long celebration tomorrow? Michael Clarke should probably sleep with the Ashes urn under his pillow. It could well be the last time he's anywhere near it.

  21. Post update

    Ed Smith

    Ex-England batsman on BBC Test Match Special

    Steven Finn and Ben Stokes

    "It's been another gripping, absorbing day. The job's not quite done but these two days have been giant steps. Ben Stokes was the hero: he swung the ball and bowled with pace and venom."

  22. Close of play

    Aus 241-7

    Bad light means Australia's grip on the Ashes will last for one more day. Ben Stokes leads England off to the acclaim of the whole of Nottingham. England will return tomorrow to reclaim sport's smallest trophy.

  23. Bad light stops play

    Aus 241-7

    This was always the danger. It's been dark at Trent Bridge for a while, the floodlights have long been on. The umpires get together and decide that is enough. The Ashes win will have to wait.

  24. Join the debate at #bbccricket

    Edward James: That was plumb!! What a spell from Stokes.

    Ian Bradley: Centuries, 5 wicket hauls, stunning catches, Ben Stokes will be around for a very long time.

    John Lenihan: Stoke five-for AND the champagne moment with THAT catch. And he still won't get Man of the Match.

  25. Aus 236-7 (Eng need 3 wickets)

    How's this going to play out? Five minutes left of normal time. Mark Wood has the ball. There might only be two overs left. There might be another eight after that.

  26. Latest scorecard

    Australia 236-7 and 60 all out - trail by 95 runs

    Not out batsmen: Voges 47, Starc 0

    Fall of wickets: 113-1 (Rogers 52), 130-2 (Warner 64), 136-3 (Marsh 2), 136-4 (Smith 5), 174-5 (Clarke 13), 224-6 (Nevill 17), 236-7 (Johnson 5)

    Bowling figures: Broad 16-5-36-1, Wood 12-0-62-1, Finn 12-4-42-0, Stokes 16-4-35-5, Moeen 6-0-34-0

    England first innings: 391-9 dec (Root 130, Bairstow 74, Moeen 38, Starc 6-111)

    Full scorecard

  27. Five wickets for Ben Stokes (5-35)

    Late shape is right. Round the wicket, angled towards leg stump, but pitching on a full length around off stump. Johnson, turning the bat, effectively got a leading edge to slip. Cook gathers his men together, maybe asking if they want the extra time, asking if they can give that extra push. Mitchell Starc is the new man. Ben Stokes, by the way, is the fourth different England bowler in as many innings to take a five-wicket haul.

  28. Post update

    Michael Vaughan

    Ex-England captain on BBC Test Match Special

    England players celebrate

    "It could be over now tonight. It's another crackerjack of a delivery, with late shape, Mitchell Johnson's feet move to the leg side to get the bat to the ball. What a day Ben Stokes is having."

  29. WICKET

    Johnson c Cook b Stokes 5 (Aus 236-7)

    Jos Buttler and Alastair Cook celebrate

    Gone! A beauty of an away-swinger from Ben Stokes has Mitchell Johnson edging to Alastair Cook at first slip. England move closer to winning the Ashes and Stokes has his second five-wicket haul in Test cricket. Is that two-day finish still on?

  30. Aus 235-6 (trail by 96)

    How is Stuart Broad managing to miss both the outside edge and the off stump here? Johnson the batsman, the ball angling in, then nipping away, somehow getting no wood of any kind on the way through to Buttler. Is there a hole in the stumps? Johnson clubs one back down the ground for four, but immediately drops his eyes to the ground and does some gardening, almost embarrassed.

  31. Join the debate at #bbccricket

    Si Lomas: Come on Stokes get yourself a deserved 'Michelle' (Pfeiffer), good to see him finally reaping rewards after some luckless spells.

    Andy Donley: Imagine how good a cricketer Ben Stokes will be when he becomes more consistent. Frightening.

  32. Aus 231-6 (trail by 100)

    Some excellent fancy dress inside Trent Bridge and there will be even more if we make it to tomorrow. A sailor, Jack Sparrow and a parrot. Johnson cops the "Mitch-ell, Mitch-ell" chants as Stokes apologises to Voges for a full toss. It's pretty dark out there.

  33. Post update

  34. Aus 229-6 (Eng need 4 wickets)

    In what circumstances would England take the extra half hour? If the Aussies are seven down? Eight? There are eight overs left after this Broad set, but they have to be bowled by 18:30. England need one or two more wickets in the next 20 minutes or so. Johnson takes the taunts of the newly awoken Trent Bridge crowd, not much fun when Stuart Broad is beating your outside edge. With how weary Broad looks, I'd be surprised if England take the extra time.

  35. Join the debate at #bbccricket

    Marc Gridley: Even Shane Watson wouldn't have reviewed that!

  36. Aus 228-6 (Stokes 14-4-32-4)

    Replays don't do Peter Nevill any favours, he's kicked one off middle. In fairness, the ball came back off the pitch. By the time he realised, it was too late. Stuart Broad attempts to gee the crowd as Stokes continues to hoop the ball to new man Mitchell Johnson. England racing to take wickets before the light closes in.

  37. Post update

    Michael Vaughan

    Ex-England captain on BBC Test Match Special

    "It's a different bowler that keeps doing the damage for England. I like the way Stokes plays his cricket - there's going to be times when he makes mistakes, but it's really special for an England team to have that type of player who will just light up a ground."

  38. WICKET

    Nevill lbw Stokes 17 (Aus 224-6)

    Ben Stokes

    That is one of the most bizarre lbws that you will ever see. Peter Nevill has shouldered arms to one that would have hit the top of middle and leg. Ben Stokes the bowler, shaping the ball back in. Nevill perhaps left it on length, but has ended up looking pretty silly. That's the breakthrough England have worked so hard for. Two-day finish back on. Ben Stokes has four-fer and Trent Bridge is awake again.

  39. Umpire review

    Aus 224-6

    Ben Stokes appeals

    Peter Nevill, what have you done? Nevill has left one that looks to be cannoning into the stumps. He has to review it, just to justify his non-stroke...

  40. Post update

    Henry Blofeld

    BBC Test Match Special

    "It's been an obdurate, adhesive partnership - it's not exactly adding entertainment, but the Australians are fighting on."

  41. Aus 224-5 (50 partnership)

    Friday night. What are your plans for the weekend? Are you just getting ready to go out? Will you be talking about the Ashes in the pub or restaurant? England are unlikely to be able to celebrate in Nottingham tonight, that will have to wait for tomorrow. Broad tails the ball in to Voges, who dabs past the slips for a triple. It feels like we're going through the motions before the real battle resumes on the morrow.

  42. Post update

    Jim Maxwell

    BBC Test Match Special

    "I would think there's a fair chance that Mitchell Marsh will replace his brother Shaun for the Oval Test. I'm not sure where else Australia can go, unless they pick Pat Cummins. After that, it will be the revolving door."

  43. Aus 220-5 (Eng need 5 wickets)

    Am I right in thinking that Ian Bell is set for his fifth Ashes series win? Have any England players won more? What about Alastair Cook - there can't be many England captains that have won, lost then won Ashes series. Stokes slips in as a baby with similar red hair bites a cuddly lion in the crowd. Peter Nevill only playing when it is absolutely necessary. A loose ball is clipped fine for four. 11 overs left. Ticket-holders tomorrow will be seeing some cricket.

  44. Join the debate at #bbccricket

    Rory Allen: Let's be honest, the standard of cricket (generally) has been awful in this series. Can't recall a worse Ashes winning side.

    Jez Harvey: We're literally complain that England might not win the Test in two days and secure the Ashes at least 3-1! Ridiculous!

  45. Aus 214-5 (Voges 42, Nevill 10)

    Adam Voges

    In some ways, I'm quite pleased for Adam Voges. After waiting so long for his chance, he's finally making a contribution for Australia in an Ashes series. Some thought he would be dropped for this Test, but was retained perhaps for his knowledge of Trent Bridge. He's shown reasonable judgement and scored almost exclusively square of the wicket. His mate Stuart Broad probes the channel, but Voges is not drawn into playing.

  46. Post update

    Vic Marks

    Ex-England spinner on BBC Test Match Special

    "There is some significance to these innings. There is a Test match to be played at the Oval, and places to be played for. Adam Voges might stay in, because I'm not sure Shaun Marsh has done very much."

  47. Aus 214-5

    Indeed it is Stuart Broad. The Trent Bridge crowd is immediately lifted.

  48. Post update

  49. Aus 214-5 (trail by 117)

    The floodlights reflect off the shades atop Alastair Cook's cap as Stuart Broad gets loose. Thirteen overs left in the day, England summoning one final effort. Ben Stokes bangs the ball into the turf but gets little out of it. Nevill, jumping, jack-knifing, gets himself out of the way and continues to resist.

  50. Latest scorecard

    Australia 214-5 and 60 all out - trail by 117 runs

    Not out batsmen: Voges 42, Nevill 10

    Fall of wickets: 113-1 (Rogers 52), 130-2 (Warner 64), 136-3 (Marsh 2), 136-4 (Smith 5), 174-5 (Clarke 13)

    Bowling figures: Broad 12-3-28-1, Wood 12-0-62-1, Finn 12-4-42-0, Stokes 11-2-26-3, Moeen 6-0-34-0

    England first innings: 391-9 dec (Root 130, Bairstow 74, Moeen 38, Starc 6-111)

    Full scorecard

  51. Aus 214-5

    Ben Stokes

    Ben Stokes hobbled off the field about 40 minutes ago, but he's now summoned into the attack. His spell of 3-4 before tea was quite brilliant. Can he bring some inspiration once more?

  52. Join the debate at #bbccricket

    Adam Voges and Steven Finn

    Chris Heath: A good performance marred by sloppy play! That's five potential wickets missed! Come on lads sharpen up!!

    Steve Unger: England seem to think they've won this game already and have their minds in the bar and not on the game. Getting a bit sloppy.

    chloe-ann: I don't think the Ashes will be won today with the way England are playing. They need to play like they did yesterday.

  53. Aus 214-5 (Voges 42, Nevill 10)

    Umpires Dar and Ravi check the light

    The floodlights are flickering into life, meaning a team of hamsters have just been put in their wheels and told to run. Perhaps the lights will bring some life to England, who extend a sloppy 10 minutes or so when a leg-side delivery from Moeen evades Buttler and runs for four byes. Cook, seeing that his men are down, bangs his hands together and shouts some encouragement. All a little flat.

  54. Post update

    Vic Marks

    Ex-England spinner on BBC Test Match Special

    "The reason umpires don't call no balls that are tight is because they don't want to be proven wrong by the TV replays that inevitably follow. They think it's a risk not worth taking."

  55. Close!

    Aus 209-5

    Adam Voges

    Yep, just a little subdued in Nottingham at the moment, as if the crowd are saving their energy for an Ashes-winning party tonight. It would be quite a do, but at the moment it won't be happening. Voges leaving well until he can't resist a flirt at Finn which flies over Adam Lyth at third slip. He may well have got a finger tip on that, but it would be very harsh to call it a drop. It would have been a worldie.

  56. Email

    Ricky: Sir Geoffrey says Steve Smith is not the best batsman in the world. Barring the last two matches, he had an excellent few months. His Test average is 56.5 and those of Root and Cook are 55 and 46.4.

  57. Nevill dropped on 7

    Aus 201-5

    Jos Buttler and Peter Nevill

    And it very nearly has! Peter Nevill prods forward, gets an edge, which hits the gloves of Jos Buttler then balloons over Adam Lyth at first slip. Buttler will think he should have caught that, but he might well have been surprised that Moeen got it in the right area. That's three catches England have dropped today, plus two wickets off no-balls. Add those to the five wickets they already have and the Ashes could be won by now.

  58. Post update

    Jonathan Agnew

    BBC Test Match Special

    "Moeen hasn't had the best of days today. He's bowled plenty of boundary balls and he hasn't really offered any control at all."

  59. Aus 201-5

    Bat out of Hell! There's an obvious Meatloaf/cricket link. Anyway, Moeen Ali is bowling some dross here, long half-volley which Voges drives for four, then a rank long hop that Nevill cuts for four. Moeen not backing up the seamers. Alastair Cook not amused, chewing is nails, Moeen has his beard in his hands. TB quiet, waiting for something to happen...

  60. Join the debate at #bbccricket

    Michael Clarke

    Dean Brady: Have to agree with Geraint Lloyd regarding the "Sacked in the morning" chants. Poor for cricket fans.

    Wallingford Paul: Was feeling sorry for Clarke, but then remembered his 'prepare for a broken f#@ing arm' comment to Jimmy! Live by the sword...

    JoElle: Wood to Clarke: "Prepare for a broken career".

  61. Aus 189-5 (Eng need 5 wickets)

    No-ball or no no-ball, Finn is still bowling deliveries miles too good for Adam Voges. Away-hoop, Voges gropes forward like a man crawling in the dark, ball goes through to the gloves of Jos Buttler. You can pretend you didn't play at that Adam, but you're not fooling anyone. I'm also told that the 17:21 entry is the second time that Meatloaf has been referenced in this match. There must be some sort of link between cricket and Mr Loaf.

  62. Aus 189-5

    Just so there's no confusion, I'm not absolving Finn from blame. If you're going to urge a 6ft 7in frame 30 yards to hurl a bit of leather, you might want to get your foot behind the line. I'm just struggling to see how umpire Ravi missed the no-ball, unless he wasn't looking in the first place.

  63. Join the debate at #bbccricket

    Ira: Can someone give Joe Root a bowl... what's the worst that could happen? He's outclassed everyone in all other regards.

    Tirzah T: Australia looking to build a partnership here...give the ball to Joe Root!

  64. Aus 189-5 (trail by 142)

    If Nevill had indeed been on his way, you would have had to think this match would have been over tonight. As it is, England have 19 overs to take these five wickets (plus an extra half hour if they ask nicely). Moeen Ali on, Voges looking more assured with a cover drive for four. It might not be the best time to tell Steven Finn that would have been his 100th Test wicket.

  65. Join the debate at #bbccricket

    Ayelet H Lushkov: A plague of no balls!

    Jordan King: One is bad enough, two is just a disgrace, regardless of our position in the match. Why risk getting so close on the front line?

    Matt Haywood: Do umpires not call no balls nowadays?!?!

  66. Finn no-ball

    Steven Finn

    You've got to be kidding. Apologies to all, but Steven Finn has had Peter Nevill caught at first slip from one of the biggest no-balls you could see. Nevill was pretty much off the ground after edging a beauty of an away-swinger to the hands of Alastair Cook, but the replays show it wasn't even close.

    One look told us that Finn was miles over. Umpire S Ravi, are you keeping an eye on the front line? You've only got about three jobs - count to six, decide if it's out or not, keep an eye on the front line. "Two out of three ain't bad" as Meatloaf would say.

  67. Scorecard summary

  68. Post update

  69. Post update

    Geoffrey Boycott

    Ex-England batsman on BBC Test Match Special

    "If Steve Smith is the best player in the world then there's a problem for Test cricket. I don't care what runs he gets, he's not better than AB De Villiers. He's not better than our two, Alastair Cook and Joe Root."

  70. Drinks break

    Aus 181-5

    If, like me, you grew up in the 1990s, you might remember an American children's TV show called Clarissa Explains It All, starring Melissa Joan Hart. Clarissa has a brother called Ferguson, who I think grew up to bat in the Australia middle order under the name Adam Voges. Nevill, on nought for an age, gets off the mark from his 20th delivery. Wood strives, spurred on by a Barmy Army song. Not much other noise in TB, though. Time for drinks.

  71. Post update

    Geoffrey Boycott

    Ex-England batsman on BBC Test Match Special

    "If you get it up there at 86/87mph it just seems to bounce and zip more. If you are as tall as Finn and you get it down there you have something to get Test wickets, regardless of who is batting."

  72. Aus 178-5 (Eng need five wickets)

    Steven Finn is bowling some howitzers here. Arcing away-swingers, kissing the turf, 86mph. Adam Voges needs a bat twice as wide to get an edge. I'm minded of Fred Trueman's "thar's too good for thee, lad." Ben Stokes sits on the front row, sipping a bottle of water, the look of man ready to come back on. Lovely over from Finn, a maiden. Stokes indeed returns.

  73. Join the debate at #bbccricket

    Michael Clarke

    AC: I hate Australia but dropping Clarke would be a mistake, look at how the ECB stuck with Cook and the benefit that's had.

    Geraint Lloyd: Sad reading "Sacked in the morning" chants aimed at Clarke. Has been a great player and captain, deserves more respect I think.

    Doug Russell: What's the difference between Michael Clarke and Cinderella? Cinderella knows when to leave the ball.

  74. Aus 178-5 (trail by 153)

    Thanks, James. The fans inside Trent Bridge are singing that "Ash is coming home, he's coming home". No idea who Ash is, but glad to hear he's on his way back. Wood to the watchful Nevill, leaving outside off stump. Double whirl action from Wood sees an in-swinger scoot down the leg side. Nevill is digging in here, trying to avoid the embarrassment of a two-day defeat. There are 22 overs left in the day, plus a potential eight of the extra half hour.

  75. Post update

    Glenn McGrath

    Ex-Australia seamer on BBC Test Match Special

    "England are bowling incredibly well. You can feel the pressure. Finn is finding good areas and moving the ball away from the bat.

    "Voges is playing for his spot here. He scored a century on debut but hasn't shown much since he has been here."

  76. Aus 177-5 (trail by 154)

    It's all about grim survival for the Aussie batsman now. There is no promised land in sight. Nevill and Voges hang on as Finn sends down a probing over full of lavish away-swing. With that, I hand you back to Stephan Shemilt.

  77. Aus 176-5 (Voges 22, Nevill 0)

    This is vicious stuff from Mark Wood - digging in a zesty short ball that hits Nevill on the shoulder, then zipping one past the batsman's tentative poke. Steven Finn will surely be favourite to play at the Oval if Jimmy Anderson is fit, but the Durham seamer is making himself a hard man to leave out.

  78. Join the debate at #bbccricket

    Michael Clarke

    Butlins McCarthy: Michael Clarke a class act but looks like he's playing his first Test, in what might be his last.

    Evan Samuel: No doubt Clarke will be kept for The Oval... But that must be it, surely.

    Dan Green: There goes Clarke's "Brian Lara" record innings. There goes the Ashes. :(.

  79. Aus 175-5

    Michael Clarke

    Chants of 'Sacked in the morning' rung around Trent Bridge as Clarke trooped disconsolately off - it's an undignified end for a brilliant batsman who seems to have suffered a terminal loss of mojo. Peter Nevill is the new batsman - he's certainly capable of a gritty fifty but Australia need something of an altogether different order here. Finn gets the ball hooping past the new man's outside edge.

  80. Scorecard

    Australia 174-5 and 60 all out - trail by 157 runs

    Not out batsmen: Voges 20, Nevill 0

    Fall of wickets: 113-1 (Rogers 52), 130-2 (Warner 64), 136-3 (Marsh 2), 136-4 (Smith 5), 174-5 (Clarke 13)

    Bowling figures: Broad 12-3-28-1, Wood 9-0-58-1, Finn 6-1-32-0, Stokes 11-2-26-3, Moeen 3-0-15-0

    England first innings: 391-9 dec (Root 130, Bairstow 74, Moeen 38, Starc 6-111)

    Full scorecard

  81. Post update

    Glenn McGrath

    Ex-Australia seamer on BBC Test Match Special

    Ian Bell catches Michael Clarke

    "A very important wicket for England but not for Australia. It was a good delivery that pitched perfectly and left him to find the edge. Cook had two grabs at it and popped it up for Bell."

  82. WICKET

    Clarke c Bell b Wood 13 (Aus 174-5)

    Mark Wood

    Michael Clarke's battle is over. He scrapped around desperately for an hour but in truth he never looked capable of producing the sort of epic vigil that his team need. Wood gets him driving loosely, the ball flies to Alastair Cook at first slip, and the England skipper almost makes a mess of it before somehow juggling the ball into the helping hands of Ian Bell. Australia, almost unthinkably, are staring at a second-successive two-day defeat.

  83. Aus 170-4

    How relaxed does Trevor Bayliss look on the England balcony? Elbow on the balcony rail, feet up, broad grin playing across his face as his adopted country put his homeland to the sword. Clarke works Finn for a single.

  84. Aus 168-4 (trail by 163)

    Mark Wood returns to the attack and serves up a very poor delivery which Adam Voges creams to the boundary. There's a momentary flutter of excitement as Wood then locates the edge of Voges' bat, but the ball drops just short of Joe Root in the slips.

  85. Text 81111

    Steve Smith

    Mandeep Mothabandha: Great that England are going to win the Ashes back! BUT one sided home series are not great going forward. Neither team has a clue in alien conditions. Steve Smith hero at home zero away with the moving ball. Joe Root was cowering lower down the order in Australia but a champion on slower seaming pitches. I have no doubt on our next tour of Australia our batsmen will be whimpering in the changing room again. What can be done to make these series more competitive?

  86. Aus 162-4

    Steve Smith is looking pretty glum as he tucks into something on the Australia balcony. What do you eat at a time like this? There's not much that can make you feel better after you've whacked a wide ball straight to short point an over before tea.

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  88. Join the debate at #bbccricket

    Duncan Saunders: My Edgbaston Saturday tickets unused: £160. My TrentBridge Saturday tickets unused: £300. Aussies getting destroyed: priceless!

    Chris Regnauld: The Aussie bobsleigh team have asked the Aussie cricket team for a meeting. They want advice about going downhill so fast!

    ftobloke: Hoping that England can finish this off before my phone battery runs out (19% left) #poolside

  89. Aus 161-4 (Clarke 8, Voges 13)

    Stuart Broad

    Voges tucks Broad off his pads for a single. England haven't quite hit their straps after the interval yet.

  90. Aus 160-4

    The England physio trots on to attend to Ben Stokes, who is ostensibly suffering with a hamstring strain, though I'm not sure that the banana he offers will do much for that. Stokes, a man who looks like he devours steaks in seconds, wolfs it down with unseemly haste. Steven Finn is called into the attack and he's immediately on the money, testing Adam Voges' forward defensive with an exacting maiden.

  91. Aus 160-4

    England's bowlers are just straining for the magic delivery here, rather than probing away with a consistent line and length - understandable with so many runs in the bank I guess. Broad hoops one onto Voges' pads and the batsman clips him away nicely for four.

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    Steve Smith
  93. Aus 153-4 (trail by 178)

    Ben Stokes makes fast bowling look like hard yakka - pounding into the crease, propelling the ball hard into the pitch, sweat dripping off his sun-bleached eyebrows. He's produced one of his best bowling performances for England here - finding real swing and menace. Clarke works a three through midwicket.

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    Ian Bell
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    Cliff Pike: As the Aussies flounder, I'd like to see Michael Clarke go out with a flourish. He's been cheated by his selectors & team mates.

    Arthur Goddard: Perfect scenario; Clarke makes a gutsy 50 no as a fitting swansong; Australia skittled today.

    Sam™: Clarke will score 100 here. Just you watch.

  96. Aus 150-4 (Clarke 4, Voges 6)

    All rather low key out there as this match plays out towards a conclusion that now feels inevitable. Broad can't hasten that end though, as he floats down a rather wide and unthreatening over.

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    Gareth John: I'm so happy I want to go up to strangers and tell them the score. Is this what being in a religious cult is like?

    James Moring: England have got one hand and two fingers on that beautiful little urn. Got to finish them off tonight now!

    Mark L: England to win the Ashes within the hour. That's my prediction.

  98. Aus 149-4

    This has the feeling of Michael Clarke's General Custer moment. Plenty of proud victories in his past, all reduced to irrelevance as he scraps for his international life against the advancing England onslaught.

    He continues watchfully against Stokes, defending and leaving stubbornly before flicking a single down to fine leg.

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    Broad celebrates

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    Sam Rattigan: Surely time for Michael Clarke to step up and make a captain's knock so Australia have at least a glimmer of hope.

    John Sullivan: As much as I want England to win I also want to see a good game of cricket. Sadly disappointed by the dismal Aussies.

  101. Aus 148-4

    Adam Voges

    Broad takes the cherry from the other end. Adam Voges, one of many selectorial punts that just hasn't paid off for the Aussies on this Test tour, squeezes four down to third man. He, surely, is playing his last Test series, probably even his last innings. It's a sad end for a man who waited so long for his chance, but such are the cruel vicissitudes of sport.

  102. Post update

    Mitchell and Shaun Marsh
  103. Aus 144-4 (Clarke 2, Voges 2)

    So, Ben Stokes it is to continue after tea. Michael Clarke plays out five dots before Stokes bends his back a little too much and sends one over Jos Buttler for four byes.

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    Right, we're ready to go for the evening session. Australia need a miracle. Quite frankly, shoulder pads and bubble perms have more chance of making a comeback.

  106. Root on the rise

    Steve Smith

    Telegraph sportswriter Jonathan Liew on Twitter: Steve Smith's two failures mean that Joe Root will almost certainly become the world's No1 batsman when the new rankings come out.

  107. Stokes finally fires

    Ben Stokes
  108. Join the debate at #bbccricket

    Samuel Mather: You're joking! The Australian batting coach is called Grey Blewett?? That's just too good to be true!

  109. Post update

    Steve Smith

    It just hasn't been Steve Smith's series. He arrived on these shores as the world's number one ranked Test batsman and one of the outstanding performers of the World Cup and looked all set to cement his status as the world's best willow-wielder.

    Hasn't quite worked out like that, has it? After that superb double hundred at Lord's, which sent a chill down English spines, he has gone missing - seemingly unable to adapt to English conditions.

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    Richard Lancaster: Smith world's number one batsman? No chance, Root all day long.

    James Aubrey: When are are going to stop referring to Steve Smith as 'the world's number 1 batsman' when he gifts his wicket under pressure?

    Nick Anderton: If Smith is the best batsman in the world then my nan is third after Root.

  111. Post update

    Michael Vaughan

    Ex-England captain on BBC Test Match Special

    "I can't imagine what Darren Lehmann and Greg Blewett, the batting coach for Australia, will be thinking. They looked like they had no choice but to try and attack and it is not really an option in these conditions when you come to the wicket. But England have been great this session because it was tough at the start. Stokes has been the difference."

  112. Post update

    What a day Alastair Cook has had. Not so long ago, his captaincy was the stuff of ridicule but he's been like Napoleon and Garry Kasparov all rolled into one out there today.

    His audacious declaration this morning put Australia on the back foot, his decision to turn to Ben Stokes paid dividends, and he laid a trap for Steve Smith with that funky field-placing just before the break. Absolutely brilliant from the skipper.

  113. Tea scorecard

    Australia 138-4 and 60 all out - trail by 193 runs

    Not out batsmen: Voges 2, Clarke 0

    Fall of wickets: 113-1 (Rogers 52), 130-2 (Warner 64), 136-3 (Marsh 2), 136-4 (Smith 5)

    Bowling figures: Broad 8-3-15-1, Wood 7-0-47-0, Finn 3-0-30-0, Stokes 8-2-20-3, Moeen 3-0-15-0

    England first innings: 391-9 dec (Root 130, Bairstow 74, Moeen 38, Starc 6-111)

    Full scorecard

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    Tea score
  116. Tea interval

    Aus 138-4

    Ben Stokes

    And...breathe. What is it about Ben Stokes - he can go two or three days without making much of an impact on a Test match but suddenly, not for the first time, he's the man at the centre of one of the most electrifying passages of cricket of the summer.

    Australia's beleaguered general can hide out in his bunker no longer - Michael Clarke is in the middle and he needs a miracle. He survives the final over before tea.

  117. Post update

    Michael Vaughan

    Ex-England captain on BBC Test Match Special

    "It is brilliant from England. Great planning, great cricket. This is pathetic from Australia. They know the plans are set. Why not leave a few balls and give them half a chance? Get ready England fans, it is going to be today."

  118. Join the debate at #bbccricket

    Jack Beecroft: What a shocking shot, its as if they want to give it away.

    c'est moi: Now this is how to spend a Friday afternoon. Listening to Aussie wickets starting to tumble.

    Tom Rossiter: Here we go then, Aussie-implosion imminent.

  119. WICKET

    Smith c Stokes b Broad 5 (Aus 136-4)

    England players celebrate

    You can't keep Ben Stokes out of the game! No sooner has he put Shaun Marsh back in the hutch than he's there at short point to catch out the world's number-one batsman! It's brilliant, innovative captaincy from Cook, whose unusual field-setting strikes gold when Smith drives hard and uppishly at a wide one from Broad. Stokes's bucket hands do the rest, and the Ashes, surely, are coming home.

  120. Post update

    Ed Smith

    Ex-England batsman on BBC Test Match Special

    Shaun Marsh

    "A poor innings from Shaun Marsh. That was a poor bit of batting. He has come out, trued to play his shots and been exposed. Darren Lehmann looks on, helpless and underneath it all, very disappointed."

  121. WICKET

    S Marsh c Root b Stokes 2 (Aus 136-3)

    Ian Bell and Joe Root

    Australia are crumbling here, and Ben Stokes is playing the wrecking ball. He lands one full on an inviting fourth-stump line and gets Shaun Marsh to fall into the exact same trap that he stumbled into in the first innings - going hard at the ball and getting a healthy snick to Joe Root at second slip.

  122. Aus 134-2

    So, two new batsman at the crease, and Alastair Cook, a man growing into the generalship of Test captaincy, immediately shuffles his pack, and brings first-innings hero Broad back into the attack.

    It's a bit of a loose over from Broad actually, and Smith is able to leave most of the deliveries alone outside off. Warner, by the way, was absolutely distraught with that dismissal - he buried his face in his sweaty wristband as he trudged disconsolately off. He knows Australia's dreams of an improbable comeback are dying here.

  123. WICKET

    Warner c Broad b Stokes 64 (Aus 130-2)

    David Warner

    David Warner has fought tigerishly in this second innings but this is a limp, lame dismissal. Stokes's delivery is back of a length on his hip and Warner spoons it horribly up into the leg side, top hand flying off the bat handle in disgust as soon he plays the shot. Stuart Broad settles under it and comfortably collects the catch. Australia, so dogged for so long, are suddenly beginning to unravel.

  124. Latest scorecard

    Australia 128-1 and 60 all out - trail by 203 runs

    Not out batsmen: Warner 63, Smith 0

    Fall of wickets: 113-1 (Rogers 52)

    Bowling figures: Broad 6-3-9-0, Wood 7-0-47-0, Finn 3-0-30-0, Stokes 6-2-16-1, Moeen 3-0-15-0

    England first innings: 391-9 dec

    Fall of wickets: 32-1 (Lyth 14), 34-2 (Bell 1), 96-3 (Cook 43), 269-4 (Bairstow 74), 297-5 (Root 130), 306-6 (Wood 28), 320-7 (Buttler 12), 332-8 (Stokes 5), 390-9 (Ali 38)

    Not out batsmen: Broad 24, Finn 0

    Bowling figures: Starc 27-2-111-6, Hazlewood 24-4-97-2, Johnson 21.2-2-102-1, Lyon 10-1-47-0, Warner 3-0-18-0

    Full scorecard

  125. 50 for Warner

    Aus 128-1

    Steve Smith is the new man. Warner brings up his 50 with a two to long leg, then watches nervously as he mistimes a pull and sends a top edge spiralling high into the Nottingham sky. For a moment the crowd is interested, but Warner's meaty forearms have got enough of that one, and it drops over the rope for six.

  126. Post update

    Michael Vaughan

    Ex-England captain on BBC Test Match Special

    "That is a catch like we saw earlier in the day from Steve Smith. Root flying to his left and catching with his wrong hand. He took a good one from the no ball but that was travelling quicker. Stokes is making things happen here."

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    Vibhuti Patel: Wicket? Sure this time?

  128. WICKET

    Rogers c Root b Stokes 52 (Aus 113-1)

    That's the breakthrough! Full and swinging away from Stokes, Rogers drives loosely, and England's golden child Joe Root flies headlong to take a superb catch in his outstretched left mitt. There's a brief pause while the umpires check the front foot, but Stokes is fine and Rogers finally has to go.

  129. Join the debate at #bbccricket

    Mark Wardman: YEEEEESSSSSSS!!!!!!!!!!

    Mark Wardman: NOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!

    Evan Samuel: Deserved a wicket. Great nut, great catch. Unlucky.

  130. 50 for Rogers

    Aus 110-0

    Chris Rogers celebrates his 50

    Very strange shenanigans off the next ball - Rogers misses a gentle away-swinger by a good two feet, but England go up as if Rogers nicked it. Rogers and the umpire nonplussed. What on earth was that about? The opener completes an eventful over by flaying a wide one over the slips to bring up his 50.

  131. Post update

    Henry Blofeld

    BBC Test Match Special

    Mark Wood reacts to a no ball

    "That is another huge twist in what is turning out to be a remarkable game of cricket."

  132. Not out

    Aleem Dar and Mark Wood

    Oh, that is a sickener. The slo-mo reveals that no part of Wood's boot landed behind the line, and Rogers is back from the brink. It was a terrific catch from Joe Root as well. All in vain...

  133. Third umpire

    Chris Rogers

    Mark Wood has had Chris Rogers caught at slip, but it looks like he may have overstepped...

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  135. Aus 97-0 (Rogers 43, Warner 47)

    Stokes continues. Frustration building for England as the all-rounder sends one zipping past the off pole for what feels like the umpteenth time this afternoon. Warner, showing uncharacteristic patience, stonewalls a maiden.

  136. TMS World Map: Where are you listening?


    Alastair: I am an expat in Denmark - listening in Copenhagen. Emigrated shortly after going to Edgbaston to see England getting hammered by the West Indies - 17th June 2000. Based on this display, I think it's time to come home.

  137. Post update

    Ben Stokes

    Thanks Phil. Anyone feeling nervous yet? Australia are proving harder to kill off than a particularly dogged Bond villain...

  138. Aus 97-0

    Wood returns to the attack. Smart move. Moeen was leaking too many runs and what England need now is to keep steadily turning the screw. Keep that lead looking as ominous as possible for as long as possible. And Wood does exactly that.

    Apologies that I've proved to be wicket Kryptonite. I pass you over to Mr James Gheerbrant, who will hopefully have more luck.

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    Ian Stevens: Re: 1443 - Can you let Prof Coulson know I'm in office 318 in UNIS if he fancies some light cricketing chat.

  141. Aus 95-0

    Stokes is getting the ball to move but he is not getting a lot of luck. Warner walks into a drive and edges wide of the skips cordon and down to the wide third-man boundary. A couple of half-hearted appeal follows after the batsman is hit on the pad but both were going down. A good over that. England building pressure.

  142. Australia trail by 240 runs