Runs dried up for England as Australia dismissed Joe Root and Jonathan Trott in an attritional second session on the third day of the fifth and final Ashes Test at The Oval on Friday.

England, who at 3-0 up had already won the five-match series, were 181 for three at tea, 311 runs behind Australia's first innings 492 for nine declared and still needing a further 112 to avoid the follow-on, AFP reported.

Kevin Pietersen was 29 not out and Ian Bell, who came into this match having scored exactly 500 runs in the series with three hundreds, four not out.