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England were dismissed for 374 in reply to Australia‘s first-innings 284, a lead of 90 runs, on the third day of the first Ashes 2019 Test at Edgbaston on Saturday.

Rory Burns batted for nearly eight hours to top-score with 133, his maiden Test hundred, in an innings where England captain Joe Root (57) and vice-captain Ben Stokes (50) both hit half-centuries.

England lost three wickets for four runs before lunch to slump to 300/8, just 16 runs ahead. But a ninth-wicket stand of 65 between Chris Woakes, who made 37 not out on his Warwickshire home ground, and Stuart Broad (29) boosted their total.

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Last man James Anderson came out to bat despite suffering a calf injury earlier in the match that meant England’s all-time leading Test wicket-taker only bowled four overs in Australia’s first innings.

Woakes then declined clear singles in what appeared to be both a bid to keep the strike and reduce the amount of running between the wickets required by Anderson, who was eventually last man out for three when caught slog-sweeping off Nathan Lyon.

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Fast bowler Pat Cummins led Australia’s attack with 3/84 in 33 overs on an increasingly placid pitch, with off-spinner Lyon taking 3/112 in 43.5 overs.

Australia hold the Ashes but they have not won a Test series away to England for 18 years.

Brief scores: England 374 all out in 135.5 overs (Rory Burns 133, Joe Root 57, Ben Stokes 50; Pat Cummins 3/84, Nathan Lyon 3/112) lead by 90 runs versus Australia 284 all out