England will resume their first innings on 247 for four on Day Four of the fifth Ashes Test against Australia at The Oval.
England began the day with their overnight score of 32 for no loss, trailing Australia by 460 runs. Root got things going as he clipped a straight delivery from Ryan Harris through mid-wicket to get the first four of Day Three. Alastair Cook then played a square drive to a full and wide delivery from Harris to get his first four of the day. Cook and Root got to their first 50-run partnership of the series.
There was a big appeal for leg-before as Cook played across the line to a straight delivery from Harris and missed. Umpire Kumar Dharmasena said not out but Australia captain Michael Clarke asked for the review. Replays showed that the ball would have hit the stumps, but it pitched just outside leg-stump.
Immediately after the drinks break, Cook (25) poked at a wide delivery from Harris and edged it to Brad Haddin behind the stumps. Haddin took a good low catch to his left. Haddin then moved just two behind Rodney Marsh’s world record of 28 dismissals for a wicketkeeper in a Test series.