England side move into an unbeatable position.
Joe Root is the toast of English cricket after his stunning 178 in his side’s second innings as the Three Lions moved into a practically unbeatable position.
The draw is the only possible savior for Australia as they will need to chase down a world record score, with England not declaring before the close of play, despite their lead being 566.
England 1st Innings 361 (I Bell 109, J Bairstow 67, J Trott 58; R Harris 5-72, S Smith 3-18)
Australia 1st Innings 128 (G Swann 5-44)
England 2nd Innings (overnight: 31-3)
A. Cook b Siddle 8
J. Root not out 178
J. Trott b Siddle 0
K. Pietersen c Rogers b Siddle 5
T. Bresnan c Rogers b Pattinson 38
I. Bell c Rogers b Smith 74
J. Bairstow not out 11
Extras (b11, lb8) 19
Total (5 wkts, 110 overs, 452 mins) 333
Fall of wickets: 1-22 (Cook), 2-22 (Trott), 3-30 (Pietersen), 4-129 (Bresnan), 5-282 (Bell)
To bat: M Prior, S Broad, G Swann, J Anderson
Bowling: Harris 16-4-28-0; Watson 12-5-25-0; Siddle 21-6-65-3; Pattinson 20-8-42-1; Smith 14-0-65-1; Agar 27-4-89-0;
Match position: England lead Australia by 566 runs with five second innings wickets standing.
Umpires: Kumar Dharmasena (SRI), Marais Erasmus (RSA)
TV umpire: Tony Hill (NZL)
Match referee: Ranjan Madugalle (SRI)