Ben Stokes took 5 for 35 to undo Australia's decent start of their second innings © Getty Images
Ben Stokes took 5 for 35 to undo Australia’s decent start of their second innings © Getty Images

Australia are three wickets away from handing back the Ashes to England after suffering a collapse on Day Two of the ongoing Test at Trent Bridge. Ben Stokes took five for 35 to reduce Australia to 241 for 7, and with 90 runs left to make England bat again, they are likely to suffer an innings defeat on Day Three. The innings, however, had begun well, with Chris Rogers and David Warner stitching a century partnership and grinding out the testing phase against the new ball. But once both fell, to Stokes, within two overs of each other, the rest collapsed too. The captain Michael Clarke and middle-order batsman Adam Voges, stuck together for more than 12 overs, for the fifth wicket, and then Voges and wicketkeepe Peter Nevill combined to collect a 50-run stand, but before stumps, Nevill and the next man in, Mitchell Johnson, got out as well. Catch live cricket scores and updates of England vs Australia 4th Ashes 2015 Test at Trent Bridge, Day 3 here

The day had started with England resuming at 274 for 4, and although left-arm fast bowler Mitchell Starc made sure wickets fell steadily thereafter, quick runs from Moeen Ali and Stuart Broad stretched the lead to 331 runs, before Alastair Cook declared the innings closed at 391 for 9. Ali and Broad struck nine fours and two sixes between them. READ: Ricky Ponting: 8 cricketers from Australian squad may not play Tests after Ashes 2015

The helpless position that Australia find themselves in have resulted from their capitulation for 60, within 19 overs, on the first day. Broad took eight for 15, as only two batsmen, Clarke and Johnson, touched double figures. Ricky Ponting, the former Australia captain, summed it up by saying, “The cold, hard facts are there. We got bowled out for 60, then England batted on the same pitch and got 391, so one, we didn’t obviously bat well, and two, we probably didn’t bowl well either. And now, here we are again, seven for 241, which actually should be the absolute best batting conditions for the whole game: Day Two of the Test match when the wickets are somewhere near their best so they just haven’t been good enough.”