Australia are in the driving seat in the second Test match at Lord's cricket ground, as they have taken a lead of 360-odd runs with the crucial fourth day of the Test match set to be played on Sunday.
England were bundled out for 312 runs after Josh Hazlewood and Mitchell Johnson put up a fine performance with the ball taking three wickets each. For England, only Alastair Cook and Ben Stokes delivered with the bat, as they scored 96 and 87 runs respectively.
There was a huge pressure on the English batsmen as Australia put up a huge first innings total of 566 runs, and the visitors made life more miserable for the hosts when they more or less cleaned up their top order on the second day itself.
Though Australia had already dismissed Joe Root and Ian Bell--two important middle order players for England--the onus fell on Cook and Stokes and they braved the storm before being dismissed.
One has to give credit to Cook and Stokes for helping the team come out of the huge hole as they were four wickets down with just 30 runs on the board at one point.
The lower order of England did try to stick and got off to starts, but could not put up a fighting score.
Australia had the option of enforcing a follow-on, but they decided against it as they came on to bat full of confidence. David Warner and Chris Rogers attacked the England bowlers as they meant business from the start. They finished the day with 108 without the loss of any wicket.
Rogers and Warner were at the crease at 44 and 60 runs respectively. The England team are on the back foot and they can only think of saving the Test match.
"At the moment, we've got to get our head around the fact that we are probably going to have to bat 150 overs to try and save the game. If there's ever a wicket to do it on it's this one. There are no real demons in it, there's not too much pace and there's not too much turn," BBC quoted Ben Stokes as saying.
Australia, who already have a huge lead might bat for at least one-and-a-half sessions and increase their lead to 500 plus and ask England to chase the score, which is going to be a daunting task despite the pitch favouring the batsmen.
Where to Watch Live
England will have to be at their best with both bat and ball if they want to salvage a draw on the fourth day of the Test. The play starts at 11am local time (3:30pm IST, 6am ET, 7:30pm AEST). Live TV coverage in India is available on Star Sports 1/HD with live streaming on Hotstar and starsports.com.
US viewers can watch the second day of the Test match live on TV in One World Sports and ESPN with live streaming on Watch ESPN.