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Summary

  1. Bad light stops play with England needing three wickets to regain the Ashes
  2. Stokes takes 5-35; Wood and Broad one each
  3. Root 130 in England's 391-9 declared

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By Stephan Shemilt, James Gheerbrant and Phil Dawkes

All times stated are UK

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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
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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.'"

Jimmy joins Not Just Cricket

BBC Radio 5 live

Not Just Cricket
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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.

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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.

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."

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."

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)

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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.

Geoffrey Boycott

Ex-England batsman on BBC Test Match Special

Ben Stokes and Marlon Samuels
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"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."

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.

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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.

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."

Stokes
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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.

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."

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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.

Ben Stokes
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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.

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."

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."

Close-of-play scorecard

Scorecard
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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.

Ed Smith

Ex-England batsman on BBC Test Match Special

Steven Finn and Ben Stokes
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"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."

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.

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.

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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.

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.

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)

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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.

Michael Vaughan

Ex-England captain on BBC Test Match Special

England players celebrate
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"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."

WICKET

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

Jos Buttler and Alastair Cook celebrate
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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?

Michael Vaughan

Ex-England captain on BBC Test Match Special

"I think Johnson has just started to think 'I'm going to play a shot or two. I'm not going to get out blocking.' There are five slips awaiting the block."

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.

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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.

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.

Stokes
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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.

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

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.

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."

WICKET

Nevill lbw Stokes 17 (Aus 224-6)

Ben Stokes
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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.