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Alastair Cook batted on and took England out of the woods on Day Three of the fourth Ashes Test. His 173* before tea helped England take 33-run lead. With him at the other end, further frustrating Australia, is Chris Woakes unbeaten on 26.

England lost two wickets in the session. Jonny Bairstow, who looked in an ominous touch, could not convert his start into a significant innings. Nathan Lyon had him caught behind.

Smith continued with Lyon, given he had dismissed Moeen Ali five times in the series. Moeen, however, launched an attack: he hit a massive six over long-on. It did not bother Lyon, though. In the pursuit of doing the same, Moeen holed out to short-cover, yet again becoming Lyon’s victim.

Amidst all this, Smith dropped Cook for the second time. He attempted a one-handed catch at square-leg. Cook made full use of the opportunity and scored his 11th 150-plus score.

Woakes did well to help Cook in piling runs. The duo have added 28 runs for the seventh wicket, eventually clearing the deficit. They will look to bat through the last session and compile as many runs they can to bury Australia under a sizable lead.

Lyon has taken 3 for 76, while Josh Hazlewood has accounted of Mark Stoneman and Dawid Malan’s wickets.

Brief scores:

Australia 327 (David Warner 103, Steven Smith 76, Shaun Marsh 61; Stuart Broad 4 for 51, James Anderson 3 for 61) trail England 360 for 6 (Alastair Cook 173*, Joe Root 61; 3 for 76) by 33 runs.

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