Australia were off to a splendid start in the first session on the fifth day of the third Test at Old Trafford as England were reduced to 35 for three when the teams took lunch.

England are precariously positioned at 35 for three against Australia in the morning session of Day Five of the third Ashes Test at Old Trafford. Australia were all over England as they had wickets of Alastair Cook (0), Jonathan Trott (11) and Kevin Pietersen (8). Joe Root (13 not out) and Ian Bell (2 not out) were the unbeaten batsmen. Ryan Harris (two for 13) and Peter Siddle (one for six) were Australian wicket-takers.

Australia declared the innings on their overnight score and set England a target of 332 in possibly 98 overs. There was a sense of purpose in the way Australia took the field on the final day morning. Harris began the proceeding bowling a maiden over to Cook while Mitchell Starc bowled a tight first over to Root.