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Stokes five-for pushes Australia to the edge

Visitor ends second day of Trent Bridge Test at 241/7, still 90 runs short of avoiding innings defeat

Stokes five-for pushes Australia to the edge - Cricket News
Stokes took 5 for 35 in 16 overs – his second five-wicket haul in 15 Tests.
Ben Stokes's five-wicket haul left England on the verge of an Ashes-regaining win after the second day of the fourth Test at Trent Bridge on Friday (August 7).
 
When bad light forced play to end early, Australia was 241 for 7 in its second innings – still 90 runs shy of making England, 2-1 up in the five-match series, bat again. Stokes took 5 for 35 in 16 overs – his second five-wicket haul in 15 Tests.
 
Australia had been 113 without loss in their second innings until Stokes took three wickets for four runs in 13 balls just before tea. With the floodlights on in the final session, Stokes came back to have Peter Nevill out lbw for 17.
 
But Adam Voges held firm with 48 not out – his highest score of the series so far – and Mitchell Starc was unbeaten on zero as Australia avoided the embarrassment of a two-day defeat. 
 
Earlier, Chris Rogers and David Warner frustrated England with a century stand that was in stunning contrast to their side's first innings 60 all out in 111 balls – the shortest-ever completed first innings of a Test match – where they both made ducks.


 
They had luck going their way too – Alastair Cook dropped a catch at first slip when Warner had made ten, and Ian Bell then floored another chance at second slip when Warner was on 42. Joe Root then held a brilliant catch at third slip when Rogers was on 47, only for replays to confirm that Mark Wood had bowled a no-ball.
 
Rogers and Warner added 113 in 24 overs. 
 
After Rogers fell, caught by Root off Stokes, Warner contributed to his own downfall on 64 when a top-edged pull off Stokes looped gently to Broad at mid-on. Warner faced just 74 balls for his runs, which included nine fours and two sixes.
 
Shaun Marsh, in for younger brother Mitchell Marsh, had his miserable return to Test cricket continue when he followed a first-innings duck by edging Stokes to Root in the slips for two.
 
Australia was soon 136 for 4 when Steven Smith drove Broad straight to Stokes at point and was out for five.
 
Michael Clarke's wretched run of low scores continued when, on 13, he pushed hard outside off stump against Wood. The ball flew straight to Cook at first slip but he juggled the chance only for second slip Bell to grab the rebound. 
 
After Nevill fell, Stokes struck again when Mitchell Johnson (five) nicked a sharply swinging ball to Cook at first slip.
 
When the umpires decided conditions were too gloomy, England was looking at a second successive win inside three days after its eight-wicket victory in the third Test at Edgbaston last week.  
 
Earlier, England extended its overnight 274 for 4 to 391 for 9 declared – a lead of 331.
 
Root increased his overnight 124 to 130 before he was caught behind off Starc, having batted for nearly five hours and faced 176 balls, hitting 19 fours and a six. Starc took a career-best 6 for 111.

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