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England take 202 run lead into 'moving day' at Durham thanks to Bell's ton

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England were 234/5 at stumps on Day 3 of the 4th Ashes Test match in Durham, having had the better of the day, first knocking over the Aussies for the addition of just 48 runs to their overnight score and then establishing a lead in excess of 200 runs to set them up perfectly for what should be a thrilling fourth day in this match. England had Ian Bell to thank for their good fortune as the right hander notched up his third century of this Ashes series, ending the day unbeaten on 105.

Australia started the day at 222-5 with centurion Chris Rogers and wicket-keeper Brad Haddin at the crease, but both fell to Graeme Swann very early on. Rogers added just 9 to his overnight score of 101 before being given out following a DRS review after the umpire had initially ruled him not out.

The rest of the tail-enders fell soon after as Anderson racked up wicket after wicket as Nathan Lyon (4) followed Peter Siddle (5) to the pavilion. Ryan Harris provided a bit of entertainment as he smashed Broad for three fours in a row but he soon fell for 28 as well to the same bowler as the Broad celebrated a well taken five-for.

Australia missed out an opportunity to stamp their authority on the game as they could only muster a lead of 32 runs.

Cook and Root made their way out to the middle to open The Three Lions’ second innings but Ryan Harris struck early with an absolute beauty of a delivery to clean Root up for 2. At Lunch England are 24/1 with Cook batting on 17* and Trott on 5*.

Harris continued to be the man for Australia after the lunch break, removing Cook (22) and Trott (23) in successive overs to put England in a world of trouble at 49-3, effectively 17-3.

Ian Bell once again came to England's rescue and in partnership with first Kevin Pietersen (44) and then Jonny Bairstow (28) dug his side out of a hole. Bell and Pietersen added 106 for the fourth wicket at just over 3 an over to deny the Aussies before the latter fell to Nathan Lyon once again caught by Rogers off a leading edge.

Bell and Bairstow carried on the good work though and took England to 221 before Lyon struck again, having the rookie Bairstow caught behind. Tim Bresnan was surprisingly sent in as night watchman, one place ahead of his usual position to protect Matt Prior, who had struggled a bit this series with the bat.

Ian Bell meanwhile was giving England every chance of getting a positive result from this game as he notched up his third century of the summer, becoming the 10th English batsman to achieve this feat in an Ashes series. Bell was fortunate to get there though with a thick edge when batting on 97 raced past Michael Clarke in the gully.

England finished the day at a healthy 234-5, setting up what should be a thrilling fourth day which should help us determine which way this match would swing.

Teams:

England: Alastair Cook(c), Joe Root, Jonathan Trott, Kevin Pietersen, Ian bell, Jonny Bairstow, Matt Prior(wk), Tim Bresnan, Stuart Broad, Graeme Swann, James Anderson

Australia: Shane Watson, Chris Rogers, Usman Khawaja, Michael Clarke(c), Steve Smith, David Warner, Brad Haddin(wk), Peter Siddle, Jackson Bird, Ryan Harris, Nathan Lyon

Mini Scorecard

England 1st innings 238 all out (2.58 RPO)

Alastair Cook: 51(164) Nathan Lyon 4/42(20)

Jonathan Trott: 49(60) Jackson Bird 2/58(22)

Australia 1st innings 270 all out (3.01 RPO)

Chris Rogers 110(250) Stuart Broad 5/71 (24.3)

Shane Watson 68(134) Graeme Swann 2/65(25)

England 2nd innings 234/5 (74 overs, 3.2 RPO)

Ian Bell 105*(189) Ryan Harris 3/74 (20)

Kevin Pietersen 44 (84) Nathan Lyon 2/46 (17)