Hello and welcome to CricketCountry’s live blog of the third day’s play in the fifth and final Ashes 2015 Test between England and Australia at The Oval on Saturday. This is Devarchit Varma, and I will be bringing you the live cricket scores and live cricket updates of the match. Australia will continue to press for victory as they had England reeling at 107 for 8 in their first innings, after the tourists piled up 481. Australia are ahead by 374 runs and with England having only two wickets in hand, there is a strong possibility of a win for the tourists. Catch live cricket scores and cricket updates of the 5th Ashes 2015 Test between England and Australia, Day 3, here

LIVE CRICKET SCORE ENGLAND 2nd Inns 203/6 in Overs 79:  England have taken this match into the fourth day, only because of he marathon innings from Alastair Cook.  The other batsmen spent time in the middle but they did not contribute in the manner which Cook did. Australia are ahead by 129 runs and they will have the second new ball available tomorrow morning. Goodbye for today! BATTING: Jos Buttler 33 (80), Mark Wood 0 (6)

LIVE CRICKET SCORE ENGLAND 2nd Inns 203/6 in Overs 78: Alastair Cook has never scored an Ashes century at home and this was one feat that was there on his mind until Michael Clarke experimented with Steven Smith. Cook prodded forward to defend, but the ball turned and took an edge, and Adam Voges took a clean catch. Another superb innings from Cook comes to an end, shame he did not get a century!   BATTING: Jos Buttler 33 (80), Mark Wood 0 (0)

OUT! Alastair Cook c Adam Voges b Steven Smith 85 (234)

LIVE CRICKET SCORE ENGLAND 2nd Inns 161/5 in Overs 69: Jos Buttler has done well to hang around with his captain, but it will be daft to pin hopes on him as of yet. Cook is waging a lone battle here, showing those in the dressing room how to bat in adverse situations. Australia still on top, they have the runs in kitty and the new ball is there in the horizon. Australia are ahead by 158 runs.  BATTING: Alastair Cook 78 (212), Jos Buttler 16 (48)

LIVE CRICKET SCORE ENGLAND 2nd Inns 161/5 in Overs 61: After the twin blows from Nathan Lyon, England have been pushed on backfoot completely. Cook is trying to bide as much time but he is not getting any support from the other end. Out of sorts Jos Buttler is there with him. England are 171 runs behind. BATTING: Alastair Cook 69(186), Jos Buttler 12 (26)

LIVE CRICKET SCORE ENGLAND 2nd Inns 141/5 in Overs 53: Nathan Lyon does the job for the Australians two wickets in an over. Bairstow gets an inside edge that goes into the hands of Vogues who takes the catch about bit of a giggle at the short leg. That is followed by Ben Stokes’ dismissal. BATTING: Alastair Cook 61 (159)

OUT! Jonny Bairstow 26(48) c Adam Vogues b Nathan Lyon

OUT! ben Stokes 0(4) c Michael Clarke b Nathan Lyon

LIVE CRICKET SCORE ENGLAND 2nd Inns 129/3 in Overs 49: A boundary after a very long time, coming from the last ball of Peter Siddle’s 13th over. He has been really economical with a wicket, giving just eight runs so far. BATTING: Alastair Cook 58 (151), Jonny Bairstow 26 (44)

LIVE CRICKET SCORE ENGLAND 2nd Inns 123/3 in Overs 43: Jonny Bairstow has managed to hang around tea but there is no surety on how long will he survive at the crease. Bairstow flirted with danger in an over from Johnson when he played a few strokes in the air behind the wicket. The task remains very tough for England, and they will need Cook to hang in there. It is time for tea with England trailing by 209 runs.  BATTING: Alastair Cook 54 (132), Jonny Bairstow 20 (24)

LIVE CRICKET SCORE ENGLAND 2nd Inns 99/3 in Overs 37: England needed someone to step up and Cook has responded with his 44th half-century in Test cricket. It has been a superb effort from the England captain, but not so from the others. Joe Root was lured into playing a hook shot by Mitchell Johnson, and he ended up giving a dolly to Starc at deep fine leg! Root disappoints when England need him the most!   BATTING: Alastair Cook 50 (119), Jonny Bairstow 0 (1)

OUT! Joe Root c Mitchell Starc b Mitchell Johnson 11 (30)

LIVE CRICKET SCORE ENGLAND 2nd Inns 91/2 in Overs 35:  Cook and Root seem to have dropped the anchor. England need their leaders to form a big partnership and bail them out of trouble, as no other batsman infuses as much confidence as these two in their batting line-up. The Australian bowlers have created lot of good deliveries, but they have remained slightly unlucky. England trail by another 241 runs.  BATTING: Alastair Cook 48 (113), Joe Root 5 (25)

LIVE CRICKET SCORE ENGLAND 2nd Inns 78/2 in Overs 30:  Mitchell Marsh is off the attack after a brilliant spell. Joe Root has joined his captain Cook in the middle as England look to revive. They need a strong partnership to make a comeback into the contest. BATTING: Alastair Cook 38 (94), Joe Root 0 (14)

LIVE CRICKET SCORE ENGLAND 2nd Inns 62/2 in Overs 25.4: WICKET! Mitchell Marsh has the fourth wicket in the game as he gets the faltering England No. 3 Ian Bell caught in the slip. Michael Clarke is the man who takes a dolly as Bell is surprised by a short ball from the Australian all-rounder. England trail by 270 runs and Joe Root walks out. BATTING: Alastair Cook 26 (81),

OUT! Ian Bell c Michael Clarke b Mitchell Marsh 13 (40)

LIVE CRICKET SCORE ENGLAND 2nd Inns 50/1 in Overs 23: Cook ha led this English reply as Bell has not looked very convincing. There was a lifelike that the right-hander got in the 21st over from Mitchell Marsh, when Michael Clarke spilled a tough chance in the second slip. On good days Clarke would have pulled off catches like these, but we all know what he is going through. BATTING: Alastair Cook 22 (75), Ian Bell 5 (31)

LIVE CRICKET SCORE ENGLAND 2nd Inns 35/1 in Overs 20: Australia have wasted a DRS appeal when a bouncer from Johnson hit Ian Bell on his arm and carried to the first slip. The Australians were confident the ball had hit the bat as well, but the umpire Aleem Dar ruled it against them. The review showed the ball had missed the bat or the gloves completely. England steady for now. BATTING: Alastair Cook 14 (65), Ian Bell 2 (23)


LIVE CRICKET SCORE ENGLAND 2nd Inns 31/1 in Overs 17: England are once again heavily dependent on Alastair Cook to provide them support. While there are no doubts that the English skipper will fail, but the task is way too challenging. Out there in the middle with him is Ian Bell, a man who is just about hanging onto his position. It’s time for lunch with England having a mountainous task ahead of them. BATTING: Alastair Cook 12 (57), Ian Bell 0 (13)

LIVE CRICKET SCORE ENGLAND 2nd Inns 19/1 in Overs 12.1: There it is! The first wicket to Australia provided by Peter Siddle. Adam Lyth’s horror is finally over in the Ashes as he has been caught in the slips off the Aussie pacer. England were looking to drop the anchor, but Lyth was going to be exposed sooner than later. England trail by 313, Australia need 9 more wickets to win. BATTING: Alastair Cook 4 (41)

OUT! Adam Lyth c Michael Clarke b Peter Siddle 10 (33)

LIVE CRICKET SCORE ENGLAND 2nd Inns 15/0 in Overs 5: England have made a very cautious start to their second innings. They need at least two or three strong partnerships to make sure they are into this contest. Adam Lyth is a worry for England, as every single wicket will keep on increasing pressure on them. Lyth has taken a few blows on his body, but has also hit a few boundaries off Mitchell Johnson. BATTING: Adam Lyth 10 (14), Alastair Cook 0 (17)

Johnson to begin the attack in the second innings. England trail by 332 runs.

LIVE CRICKET SCORE ENGLAND 149 | Overs 48.4: England get bowled out and Michael Clarke enforces the follow-on, for the very first time in his career. Jonshon takes the last laugh, dismisses Moen Ali and Mark Wood in two consecutive deliveries.

OUT! Mark Wood c Mitchell Starc b Mitchell Johnson 24 (41)

OUT! Moeen Ali c Peter Nevill b Mitchell Johnson 30 (61)

LIVE CRICKET SCORE ENGLAND 117/8 | Overs 44:  The first ball of the day had a leg-bye travelling to fine leg for four, and in the third over of the day, Wood cracked a cover drive off Mitchell Starc. Between these boundaries, however, all balls are dots. There are a couple of runs taken in the next over off Peter Siddle. Batting: Moeen Ali 10 (48), Mark Wood 12 (26)

In recognition of the work of Chance to Shine, a charity associated with cricket in schools in the United Kingdom, the stumps have been painted blue, as also the printed letters on the shirts of both teams.

It will be interesting to see whether Michael Clarke decides to enforce follow-on over England. The hosts need 174 more runs to save their face and with the weather forecast of rain towards the end of the match, it will make sense for Australia to make England bat again.

On the second day, while it was unfortunate that Adam Voges missed out on a century as he fell for 76, the right-handed Steven Smith scored his 11th Test century for Australia as they scored 481 after being asked to bat. Ashes 2015 5th Test at The Oval: Australia gave glimpse of what could have happened

Smith became the 12th Australian to score more than 500 runs in an Ashes series in England. This was after 18 years that an Australian has scored 500 or more runs in England.

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