NOTTINGHAM, England (Sporting Alert) — England moved to 157 for four in their second innings at lunchtime on day three of the opening Ashes Test match against Australia at Trent Bridge in Nottingham on Friday.
Ian Bell is on 20 and with him is Jonny Bairstow, who is undefeated on 13, and the two middle order batsmen will be hoping to build a solid lead for England after the interval.
The hosts are 92 runs ahead with six wickets remaining. Batting on this wicket at Trent Bridge has been very difficult, especially given the evidence on the third day and Australia will be looking to keep their winning target as low as possible.
Kevin Pietersen and Alastair Cook have both made half centuries so far in the second innings for England, while Mitchell Starc has thus far taken two wickets.
The following is the scoreboard at lunch on day three of the first Ashes Test:
England 215 & 157 for 4 Second innings
A.Cook c Clarke b Agar 50
J.Root c Haddin b Starc 5
J.Trott lbw b Starc 0
K.Pietersen b Pattinson 64
I.Bell not out 20
J.Bairstow not out 13
Extras (2-nb 1-w 1-b 1-lb) 5
TOTAL (for four wickets, 72 overs) 157
Fall: 1-11 2-11 3-121 4-131
Bowling: Pattinson 17-5-48-1, Starc 21-6-44-2, Agar 15-3-43-1, Siddle 13-6-18-0, Watson 6-5-2-0
Australia first innings 280 (A.Agar 98, P.Hughes 81 not out, S.Smith 53, J.Anderson 5-85)