Adam Lyth (left) and Joe Root celebrate the fall of an Australian wicket © Getty Images
Adam Lyth (left) and Joe Root celebrate the fall of an Australian wicket © Getty Images

England clash with Australia on the third day of the third Ashes 2015 Test at Edgbaston on Friday. The latter were reeling at a score of 168 for seven, with Steven Finn taking five wickets for 45 runs, after England managed to gain a healthy 145-run lead by putting up a 281-run total. Australia currently have a minor 23-run lead, with the possibility of them setting a low-key total for the hosts to chase down, thereby conceding a 1-2 lead in the five-match series and inching closer towards surrendering the coveted urn to their celebrated rivals. LIVE SCORECARD: England vs Australia, 3rd Ashes 2015 Test, Day 3

Fast bowler Finn, recalled for his first Test since 2013, had taken five wickets for 45 runs in 13 overs following his two for 38 in Australia’s meagre first-innings 136. Australia opener David Warner struck a defiant 77 on Thursday, one of only three double-figure scores so far in this innings. Warner attacked but, trying to turn Anderson legside, the left-hander ballooned a catch to Lyth in the covers to end a 49-ball innings, including 10 fours. Peter Nevill was 37 not out after being dropped on 35 when opposing wicket-keeper Jos Buttler couldn’t cling on to a diving chance off Stuart Broad. Mitchell Starc was unbeaten on seven. LIVE UPDATES: England vs Australia, 3rd Ashes 2015 Test, Day 3

A side strain suffered midway through his ninth over by James Anderson — no way to mark his 33rd birthday — hampered England’s hopes of adding to that list. Finn, however, returned to remove Mitchell Johnson (14) with the first ball of his new spell before Nevill and Starc saw out the day. After England resumed on their overnight 133 for three, left-armer Johnson took two wickets — including his 300th in Tests — in three balls as both Jonny Bairstow and Ben Stokes gloved sharply rising deliveries through to Nevill.