Peter Siddle took the wicket of Adam Lyth, and bowled five consecutive maiden overs to finish the session with figures of 1 for 1 © Getty Images
Peter Siddle took the wicket of Adam Lyth, and bowled five consecutive maiden overs to finish the session with figures of 1 for 1 © Getty Images

England’s openers played cautiously to try to avoid early fall of wickets in their second innings after being asked to follow-on by Australia, but Adam Lyth edged Peter Siddle to the slips a few overs before lunch, to further dent their hopes of mounting a fightback. Earlier in the morning session, Mitchell Johnson wiped out the last two wickets to get them bowled out for 149, 332 runs behind Australia’s 481, and after a steady start to their second innings, ended the session at 31 for 1. Siddle’s accuracy reflected in his bowling figures — he bowled six overs, five of them maidens, took a wicket in one of them, and gave away a run, in the penultimate ball before lunch. LIVE CRICKET SCORECARD: England vs Australia, 5th Test, The Oval, Day 3

He, however, was hit for a few boundaries by Mark Wood and Moeen Ali; the No. 9 and No. 10 of England cut, drove and steered through gully help add 42 runs in 8.4 overs. His 13th over cost 12 runs, with three boundaries, two of which were calmly steered past David Warne at gully, and the last one, a half-volley, driven handsomely. LIVE CRICKET UPDATES: England vs Australia, 5th Test, The Oval, Day 3

Four fours were smashed in the next two overs, off Marsh and Lyon. Johnson came on, to replace Marsh, and gained the wickets quickly against the run of play. But to be fair, the tail wagging was only a bonus, with the damage already done the previous day.

Brief scores:

England 31 for 1 (Alastair Cook 12*, Adam Lyth 10; Siddle 1 for 1) and 149 (Moeen Ali 30, Mark Wood 24, Alastair Cook 22; Mitchell Johnson 3 for 21, Mitchell Marsh 3 for 30, Peter Siddle 2 for 32, Nathan Lyon 2 for 40) trail Australia 481 ((David Warner 85, Steven Smith 143, Adam Voges 43, Mitchell Starc 58; Steven Finn 3 for 90, Moeen Ali 3 for 102) by 301 runs

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