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Australia inches towards victory after Smith gets Cook

England loses entire top order to end third day on 203 for 6 while following on, still 129 runs in deficit

Australia inches towards victory after Smith gets Cook - Cricket News
Nathan Lyon picks up a wicket.
Alastair Cook fought with a sturdy half-century but couldn't stop Australia from inching towards a massive victory in the fifth and final Ashes Test against England at The Oval on Saturday (August 22).
At stumps on the third day, England, following on, was 203 for 6, a deficit of 129 runs, in its second innings in reply to Australia's first-innings 481, with Jos Buttler batting on 33 and Mark Wood yet to open his account. 
Cook had battled for a 234-ball 85 but fell in the penultimate over of the day to Steve Smith's part-time legspin, leaving Australia within striking distance of a victory. 
After Michael Clarke, who will retire after this Test, enforced the follow-on for the first time in his career, England lost Adam Lyth early when he edged an away-swinger from Peter Siddle to the Australian captain at second slip. Ian Bell also fell in similar fashion, nicking Mitchell Marsh to the same fielder a ball after being dropped by Chris Rogers at midwicket.
Joe Root, England's leading run-scorer in this series, looked good but had to leave, top-edging a pull off Mitchell Johnson to Mitchell Starc at fine leg. 

England had lost its last seven first-innings wickets for just 46 runs during Friday's evening session, and another equally steep collapse loomed when Nathan Lyon took two wickets in five balls to leave the home side 140 for 5.
Lyon first got Jonny Bairstow, who fell when an inside edge was caught at the second attempt by Adam Voges at short leg. Ben Stokes then exited for a duck, when he pushed out at a ball that turned away and edged a catch to Clarke at slip.
Buttler and Cook steadied the innings with a 59-run stand for the sixth wicket and just when it looked as if they would bat until the close, Clarke's typically inventive decision to bring on Smith in the 77th over yielded a quick dividend when Cook was caught by Voges at short leg.
Earlier, resuming on 107 for 8, Moeen Ali and Wood hit out during a ninth-wicket partnership of 57, before both fell off successive balls to Johnson. 
England has already won the series 3-1, and will regain the urn.

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