Moeen Ali's 59 was the second-highest score of England's innings © Getty Images
Moeen Ali’s 59 was the second-highest score of England’s innings © Getty Images

Moeen Ali and Stuart Broad ensured that Mitchell Johnson’s double strike in the first session of Day Two of the third Ashes 2015 Test between England and Australia did not damage them too severely. The duo added an invaluable 87 runs for the eighth wicket after England were in danger of being bowled out for less than 250. Josh Hazlewood and Nathan Lyon finished with three wickets apiece, while Johnson and Mitchell Starc ended with two each. For England, Joe Root top-scored with 63, while Moeen made 59 and Ian Bell made 53. England managed to get a 145-run lead on a pitch that still has something in it for the bowlers. Live Cricket Score England vs Australia, The Ashes 2015, 3rd Test at Edgbaston, Day 2

Earlier, Mitchell Johnson needed less than one over on Day Two of the third Ashes 2015 Test to wrest back the advantage from England. In a matter of three deliveries he removed Jonny Bairstow and Ben Stokes with ferocious short balls that left the batsmen hopping in their crease. Joe Root was guilty of playing a terribly loose drive without moving his feet, and was out for a well-compiled 63. Jos Buttler was the fourth wicket of the session, falling LBW to Nathan Lyon. Replays showed that the ball bounced above the stumps. Moeen Ali and Stuart Broad put on an unbroken 31 runs to ensure that the lead is slowly closing in on 100. Johnson, by taking the wicket of Bairstow, became only the second Australian after Shane Warne to complete the double of 2,000 runs and 300 wickets in Test cricket. He had scored his 2,000th run on Day One en route to scoring 3, and completed his 300th wicket when he had Bairstow out caught behind.

Earlier, Joe Root completed a half-century off 49 balls after Mitchell Johnson snared two wickets in three balls early on Day Two of the third Ashes 2015 Test at Edgbaston to get the day off to a rollicking start. Australia‘s pacer Johnson, after taking the wicket of Jonny Bairstow, became only the fifth Australian to complete 300 wickets in Test cricket, with the other four being Shane Warne (708), Glenn McGrath (563), Dennis Lillee (355), and Brett Lee (310). Johnson achieved the feat when he claimed the wicket of Bairstow with a ferocious short ball that the batsman could only just fend away. Johnson then followed up the wicket with that of Ben Stokes two balls later, with another snorter. The ball was too short and fast for Stokes, who could only glove it to the ‘keeper. Live Scorecard: England vs Australia 2015, 3rd Test at Edgbaston

England reached 133 for 3 and trail Australia by 3 runs at stumps on Day One of the third Ashes 2015 Test at Edgbaston on Wednesday. Joe Root was unbeaten on 30 with comeback man Jonny Bairstow 1 not out after Ian Bell was dismissed for an attractive 53 on his home-ground of Birmingham. Alastair Cook looked set for a big score, but was unlucky to be dismissed for 34, pulling a rank short ball from Nathan Lyon right into the arms of a ducking Adam Voges. Adam Lyth continued his lean patch, edging one from Josh Hazlewood to Voges at slip for 10. Bell threw his wicket away late in the day, looking to go down the ground against Nathan Lyon only to be caught well by David Warner running backwards. READ: Mitchell Johnson completes 300 wickets in Test cricket

Brief scores:

Australia 136 (Chris Rogers 52; James Anderson 6 for 47, Steven Finn 2 for 38, Stuart Broad 2 for 44) trail England 281 (Ian Bell 53, Joe Root 63, Moeen Ali 59; Nathan Lyon 3 for 36, Josh Hazlewood 3 for 74) by 145 runs.

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(Shiamak Unwalla, a reporter with CricketCountry, is a self-confessed Sci-Fi geek who loves cricket more than cricketers. His Twitter handle is @ShiamakUnwalla)