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Where: Chester-le-Sreet, Durham
When: 11:00 (BST)
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Ian Bell has put his name on the short-list to be named player of the series after his third century in four Tests put England in the box-seat at Chester-le-Street.
Despite other notable performances throughout the series to date, Bell is the most in-form and dangerous opponent for the Australians, and his 105 not out in his side’s second innings at Durham again proved that.
England were given an attacking license by their captain Alastair Cook to begin their second innings, after the side was criticised of going into their shells too much earlier in the game.
This change in mindset was a big reason for the downfall of Cook, who continues to average a poor 27.2 for the series.
Swishing at a wide ball from Ryan Harris, Cook offered up a simple catch to Brad Haddin, a sign that the England captain is out of touch, as he attacked at a ball that did not need to be given any attention.
Again looking to attack when form is not there was the biggest reason Jonathan Trott’s stay at the crease was not longer.
Rocking on the front foot to a short ball from Harris, Trott only managed to glove a ball down the leg-side, before it again found the waiting gloves of Haddin.
While the attacking edict was the downfall of Cook and Trott, for a man in form such as Bell, it is music to his ears.
Both he and Kevin Pietersen always loomed as the most important wickets Australia had to take quickly, if they were to make the most of their slim 32-run advantage after their first innings.
Together the pair put on 106 for the fourth wicket to rip the ascendency away from the Australians.
Bell continued on his merry way, bringing up his 19th Test ton with his average for the series growing to 81.3.
For Australia, they will need to skittle the remaining five English wickets if they have any chance to keep the deficit, which currently sits on 202, under 300.
Crucial to that effort will be Ryan Harris, who was the pick of the bowlers on day three, and Nathan Lyon, who continues to star down the challenge from the Three Lions’ batsmen.
Jackson Bird will also be wanting at least two wickets to justify his place in the side for the final Test of the English summer.