23:40 (IST): QUOTE: Joe Root - The hundred against Australia is special and to score it at Lord's is extra-special.
23:37 (IST): QUOTE: Alastair Cook - It gives us a nice feeling to win four consecutive Ashes Tests after 80 years. Bell and Root's centuries put them under pressure. It was a fantastic knock from Root. Kevin Pietersen has just strained and we hope that he is fit for Manchester.
23:32 (IST): QUOTE: Michael Clarke - We have time to make amends and try to win at Manchester. We have to win the remaining Tests and batting is the area which needs to be addressed. England outperformed us.
23:10 (IST): That's it! England have won the match by 347 runs to take a 2-0 lead in the 5-match series. James Pattinson (35) was the last man to fall in the final over of the day. Australia collapsed for 235 runs in their second innings. The last-wicket stand between him and Ryan Harris was worth 43 runs. Graeme Swann finished with 4 for 74 - 9 wickets in the match.
23:01 (IST): The partnership between James Pattinson (34*) and Ryan Harris (13*) grows to 39. Australia 231 for 9 after 88 overs.
22:39 (IST): The final session has been extented by half an hour. Australia 225 for 9 after 83 overs.
22:09 (IST): WICKET! James Anderson strikes with the old ball. Peter Siddle departs after scoring 18. Australia 192 for 9.
21:50 (IST): DROPPED! James Pattinson dropped on 12 by James Anderson off Graeme Swann at gully. Australia 188 for 8 after 72 overs.
21:30 (IST): STAT! England's largest margin of victory against Australia in terms of a runs came in 1928/29, when they won by 675 runs.
21:11 (IST): WICKET! Australia have lost their 8th wicket. This time Brad Haddin misjudges line and is trapped in front. Replays show it would have missed leg stump. Brad Haddin (6) lbw b Graeme Swann. Australia 162 for 8.
20:46 (IST): WICKET! Australia have lost their 7th wicket. Ashton Agar looks to drive but gets an outside edge to keeper Matt Prior. Umpire gives it not out but TV review goes in favour of England. Ashton Agar (16) c Matt Prior b Tim Bresnan. Australia 154 for 7 after 54.5 overs, need another 429 runs to win.
20:11 (IST): WICKET! Steven Smith departs and with that players will go for tea break. It was an inswinging delivery and Smith gets a faint inside edge to keeper Matt Prior. Smith tries his luck and asks for a review but TV umpire turns it down. Australia 136 for 6 after 50.5 overs, need another 447 runs to win. It was going so well for the Aussies but England kept their cool to bag three wickets in quick succession before tea. Usman Khawaja and Michael Clarke scored a fifty each before falling to Joe Root.
20:02 (IST): WICKET! Joe Root is on fire as he dismisses Usman Khawaja and Michael Clarke in quick succession. That was the second wicket for him. Khawaja looked to defend but finds a thick outside edge to James Anderson at gully. Usman Khawaja (54) c James Anderson b Joe Root.
19:49 (IST): WICKET! Skipper Michael Clarke falls to Joe Root. He also finds success in breaking the 98-run stand him and Usman Khawaja. It was a flighted delivery on leg, Clarke wanted to run it down to fine leg but edged it to Alastair Cook at leg slip. Michael Clarke (51) c Alastair Cook b Joe Root. Australia 134 for 4 after 47.2 overs, need another 449 runs to win.
19:45 (IST): FIFTY! Skipper Michael Clarke has scored his 27th Test fifty. Australia 133 for 3 after 46.2 overs, need another 450 runs to win.
19:34 (IST): FIFTY! Usman Khawaja has scored his second Test fifty. Australia 121 for 3 after 43.2 overs, need another 462 runs to win.
19:13 (IST): It's been an hour into the second session on Day 4 and surprisingly Australia have not lost any wicket. Michael Clarke (35*) and Usman Khawaja (40*) have put on 68 runs for the 4th wicket. Australia 104 for 3 after 39 overs, needing another 479 runs to win.
19:02 (IST): Michael Clarke brings up Australia's 100 with a cracking boundary through covers. Australia 101 for 3 after 36.1 overs, needing another 482 to win.
18:43 (IST): The partnership for the 4th wicket between Usman Khawaja (36*) and Michael Clarke (21*) grows to 50 runs. Australia 86 for 3 after 31 overs, needing another 497 to win.
18:31 (IST): STAT! England have won first two Tests of an Ashes series nine times.
18:13 (IST): Stuart Broad starts proceedings after lunch and concedes 10 runs. Australia 58 for 3 after 23 overs, needing another 525 runs to win. Usman Khawaja 18* and Michael Clarke 11* are out in the middle. (Read lunch report)
17:32 (IST): LUNCH! It's lunch time on Day 4 and things are not looking very good for Australia. After Joe Root's 180, Graeme Swann bagged a couple of wickets to put England in command, James Anderson got rid of Shane Watson. Australia 48 for 3 after 22 overs, needing another 535 runs to win. (In pic: Chris Rogers)
17:07 (IST): WICKET! Phillip Hughes is out. Graeme Swann picks his second wicket. Hughes was hit on his front pad and was given out by umpire. Hughes asked for a review and third umpire ruled it in favour of the hosts. Phillip Hughes (1) lbw b Graeme Swann. Australia 36 for 3 after 15.3 overs, still requiring 547 runs to win.
16:44 (IST): WICKET! Chris Rogers departs.Rogers leaves a straighter delivery by Graeme Swann in his first over and pays the price for it. Chris Rogers (6) b Graeme Swann. Australia are 32 for 2, still needing 551 runs to win.
16:28 (IST): WICKET! James Anderson draws first blood and Shane Watson's poor run-of-form continues. Watson was looking to drive the ball, but misses line and ball hits his back pad. Shane Watson (20) lbw James Anderson.
16:18 (IST): Australia have started off well with Shane Watson doing the bulk of scoring. Australia 18 for no loss after 5 overs with Watson 16* and Chris Rogers 2*. The visitors require another 565 runs to win. (Read innings report)
15:56 (IST): Australian openers take guard in search of 583. James Anderson starts off bowling to Watson who lets it go outside the off stump.
15:46 (IST): Joe Root departs for 180, Alastair Cook calls them in as England declare at 349/7 and set Australia a target of 583 to win in just under two days of play.
15:40 (IST): Jonny Bairstow falls to Harris for 20 and Australia take their first wicket of the day. (England 344/6 in 112.4 overs, lead by 577)
15:30 (IST): Ryan Harris bowls the first ball and Joe Root leaves it.
15:15 (IST): It's almost time for the first ball as the crowd waits with anticipation for the day's play to begin.
14:40 (IST): Joe Root jokes that the Australian team are nothing in comparison to his brother Billy as far as nastiness is concerned. (Read)
14:23 (IST): The presence of wives and girlfriends on tour can at times have a positive effect on the team. (Read)
14:05 (IST): Australia have won only one Test this year so far when they beat Sri Lanka in January.
13:32 (IST): Australia's dismal first innings performance came under scrutiny after they threw away their wickets.
13:03 (IST): A tweet with obscene content regarding the decision of Ian Bell when he got a reprieve was appeared on Cricket Australia's feed which was then deleted and they are probing into the matter. (Read)
13:01 (IST): The bad news for England is that Kevin Pietersen's injury prevents him from further participation in this Test match. (Read)
12:58 (IST): England have been unbeaten in their last 10 Tests, winning 5 and drawing 5.
12:39 (IST): If England win or draw this series then Alastair Cook will have been unbeaten in his first four Test series as skipper starting with the tour of India in 2012.
12:22 (IST): The last time these two teams met at Lord's in a Test match, England won by 115 runs.
12:02 (IST): This is currently Joe Root's highest Test score surpassing his 104 against New Zealand. It's his first against Australia and second overall in eight Tests.
England ended Day 3 at 333/5 with Joe Root (178) and Jonny Bairstow (11) at the crease. With time on their side, England will look to finish things early and possibly prevent the game from going into the fifth day. Or they may add some more runs to put the total completely beyond Australia and have a bowl later in the day. (Read Day 3 Report)
Story first published on: Sunday, 21 July 2013 11:53 IST