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Jonny Bairstow repelled Australia in the second session of Day 4, but the home team managed to take the remaining 5 wickets and bundle out England for 195.

Moeen Ali launched a counterattack right after lunch, taking Nathan Lyon to cleaners. Despite England being in trouble, Moeen looked unaffected and played his natural game. It did dent Australia’s momentum for a brief period, but Lyon had the last roar. Pressing forward, Moeen had his back leg on the line. Tim Paine did well to take the bails off in a flash. England, however, were pushed to further misery. Mitchell Starc removed Chris Woakes for 17: the ball took off the surface, hit the outside edge, and ricocheted to Steven Smith in the slips. Bairstow and Woakes added a vital 30 runs for the seventh wicket.

Australia were not done. They placed third-man well ahead of the boundary line and forced Bairstow to play an upper-cut. He gave what they wanted. Two overs later, England’s innings was wrapped up. Australia need 170 to win the first Test of the 2017-18 Ashes.

Brief scores:

England 302 (Mark Stoneman 53, James Vince 83; Mitchell Starc 3 for 77, Pat Cummins 3 for 85) & 195 (Joe Root 51; Josh Hazlewood 3 for 46, Mitchell Starc 3 for 51) lead Australia 328 (Steven Smith 141*, Shaun Marsh 51; Stuart Broad  3 for 49) by 169 runs.

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