Root on form on day 3

Joe Root dominated day 3 at Lords as England extended their lead to over 500 runs. Root and Bresnan batted through until the afternoon session, with Root reaching his 50 in the process. Eventually though, Pattinson broke the 99 run partnership as Bresnan was caught by Rodgers for 38. Bresnan had been troubled by bouncers throughout his innings, but the Aussies didn’t exploit this until his eventual dismissal. Ian Bell came in at 6, but was fortunate to get past 3 runs. Steve Smith caught him; however the umpires were uncertain as to whether the ball had carried. Bell was given the benefit of the doubt, and proceeded to build a brilliant partnership with Root. Root made his first century at Lords just after tea, where he and Bell seemed to be toying with the Aussies by using an exciting array of shots. Bell passed his fifty before trying to hit big, only to find the hands of Rodgers, caught for 74. Root reached an unbeaten 178 at the close of play, with England’s score of 333-5 giving them a lead of 566 runs.

To win, Australia will need a record beating second innings, with the record successful run chase being 418 (West Indies Vs Australia 2003), and the record at Lords being 344 (West Indies Vs England 1984). After total domination today, England will feel that the second test is all but over. However, Captain Cook will have no trouble motivating his players to finish the job in a professional manner.

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