Alastair Cook went for 16    Getty Images
Alastair Cook went for 16 Getty Images

England lost openers Alastair Cook and Mark Stoneman in the second session in the pursuit of 354 runs. Mitchell Starc and Nathan Lyon took a wicket apiece. Cook and Stoneman added 53 runs for the first wicket, starting the record chase on a positive note. Both men cut loose when the Australians faltered in lines and lengths. With Stoneman scoring bulk of the runs, Cook decided to play second fiddle.

Sensing urgency, Steven Smith brought Lyon into the attack and there fell the first English wicket: Lyon trapped Cook lbw, dismissing him for the second time in the Test. He had had him caught at first slip in the first innings.

Stoneman looked good for a long innings. Lucky was he that he got more boundary balls than Cook did, but he composed himself against the fiery Australians. However, he lost his cool when Starc lured him into playing outside off. Usman Khawaja brilliantly took a low catch at gully.

At the crease are Joe Root and James Vince holding the fort. England are 68 for 2, needing 286 more runs to level the series.

Brief scores:

Australia 442 for 8 (Usman Khawaja 53, Shaun Marsh 103*, Tim Paine 57; Stuart Broad 2 for 57, Craig Overton 2 for 89) and 138 (Usman Khawaja 20; James Anderson 5 for 43, Chris Woakes 4 for 36) lead England 227 (Craig Overton 41, Nathan Lyon 4 for 60) and 68 for 2 (Mark Stoneman 36; Nathan Lyon 1 for 6) by 287 runs.

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