Highlights from day three of the fifth Ashes Test between England and Australia at The Oval. Ian Bell was left holding the fort for England yet again as they struggled for runs.
Half-centuries from Joe Root and Kevin Pietersen guided England to 247 for four at stumps on Day Three of the fifth Ashes 2013 Test at The Oval. Root was dismissed for 68 and Pietersen was dismissed for 50. England trail Australia’s 492 for nine declared by 245 runs. Ian Bell is unbeaten on 29 and Chris Woakes is on 15 going into Day Four.
Bell, who came into this match having scored exactly 500 runs in the series with three hundreds, was 29 not out off 110 balls in nearly two-and-a-half hours at the crease.
Meanwhile Test debutant Chris Woakes, Bell's Warwickshire team-mate, was 15 not out following a final session played under gloomy skies despite the glare of the floodlights.
Several England batsmen got in but failed to press on, with Kevin Pietersen making an unusually restrained 50 in 133 balls.
England scored 215 runs in the day's 98.3 overs, the run-rate rarely rising above two an over, in a match where victory would mean they had won four Tests in a home Ashes for the first time.