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Ashes 2013: England v Australia 2nd Test – Day Three as it happened

Welcome to The Independent's coverage of the second Test between England and Australia at Lord's.

by Charles Reynolds on Jul 19, 2013 at 6:53 PM

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    • ENGLAND CLOSE ON 333/5 - LEAD BY 566
    • JOE ROOT 176 NOT OUT
    • Ian Bell out for 74 
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    England - Cook, Root, Trott, Pietersen, Bell, Bairstow, Prior, Bresnan, Broad, Swann, Anderson

    Australia - Rogers, Watson, Khawaja, Clarke, Smith, Hughes, Haddin, Agar, Siddle, Pattinson, Harris 
    7/19/2013 6:56:37 PM
  • England 255/4 (Root 136, Bell 56)
    Crack! This is getting brutal now, Root cuts a short and wide delivery from Siddle away for four and England pick up six runs from the over.
    7/20/2013 4:01:24 PM
  • England 261/4 (Root 141, Bell 57)
    Well no immediate change after the drinks break, Root picking up another boundary guiding one past point.
    7/20/2013 4:09:55 PM
  • England 268/4 (Root 142, Bell 63)
    Bell takes England's lead to 500 with a cheeky dabbed reverse sweep for four. This must be soul destroying for the Australians in the field.
    7/20/2013 4:17:29 PM
  • WICKET! Bell c Rogers b Smith - 74
    Oh dear, that's a sad way to go. Smith bowls a fairly rank long hop which Bell smashes but straight to the midwicket fielder. Great innings though.
    7/20/2013 4:23:03 PM
  • England 282/5 (Root 144, Bairstow 0)
    England push their lead up to 515. Surely it would be sensible to have a bit of a bash for a few overs and then bowl a few at Australia tonight?
    7/20/2013 4:27:22 PM
  • England 287/5 (Root 149, Bairstow 1)
    Bairstow off the mark and Root moves one away from his 150 with a clever reverse sweep. That shot was almost like a hockey push along the ground.
    7/20/2013 4:31:39 PM
  • 150 FOR JOE ROOT
    7/20/2013 4:31:47 PM

  • 50 for Ian Bell 
    by Charles Reynolds on Jul 20, 2013 at 4:33 PM

    7/20/2013 4:34:00 PM
  • England 301/5 (Root 154, Bairstow 6)
    England move past 300 and their lead extends to 534. Doesn't look like there will be a declaration tonight to be honest with only seven overs remaining today.
    7/20/2013 4:40:38 PM
  • Ousted England opener Nick Compton offers his congratulations to his replacement Root...

    7/20/2013 4:46:16 PM
  • England 307/5 (Root 159, Bairstow 7)
    The day slightly petering out here now that there's no real rush from England to set a declaration total and Australia have no interest in taking the new ball. Four overs left in the day.
    7/20/2013 4:49:27 PM

  • Reverse sweep from Root 
    by Charles Reynolds on Jul 20, 2013 at 4:50 PM

    7/20/2013 4:51:09 PM
  • England 314/5 (Root 162, Bairstow 11)
    Bairstow launches Smith high over his head down the ground for four as England's lead approaches 550.
    7/20/2013 4:53:54 PM
  • England 333/5 (Root 176, Bairstow 11)
    Boom... As Kevin Pietersen might tweet. You wait all innings for a six and then Root smashes two in three balls. Massive over for England they add 18 runs - Australia are looking increasingly ragged. 50 partnership up between the two.
    7/20/2013 4:59:14 PM
  • England 333/5 (Root 176, Bairstow 11)
    A maiden from Agar to end the day. Lord's echoes with cries of ROOOOOT. What a performance from him today. He finishes on 176 not out.
    7/20/2013 5:02:51 PM
    7/20/2013 5:03:06 PM

  • Root brings up 150 
    by Charles Reynolds on Jul 20, 2013 at 5:10 PM

    7/20/2013 5:12:03 PM

  • Root smashes a six late on 
    by Charles Reynolds on Jul 20, 2013 at 5:13 PM

    7/20/2013 5:15:56 PM
  • Relive some of the best photos from today by clicking here 
    7/20/2013 5:36:08 PM
  • Need a quick recap of today's play then check out the best bits of Day Three by clicking here
    7/20/2013 7:02:41 PM
  • That's all from us today, I hope you can join me again tomorrow as England attempt to inflict a humiliating defeat on Australia.
    7/20/2013 7:03:53 PM
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