Second Ashes Test: Root powers England to massive lead on Day 3
Joe Root notched up his second Test century (178 not out) to help England gain a mammoth lead of 566 runs on Day 3. At the end of third day's play England were 333 for 5 with Root and Jonny Bairstow at the crease.
Joe Root notched up his second century in Tests - first as an opener - to help England gain a massive 566-run lead over hapless Australia on Day 3. (All AP and AFP images)
Root was not fazed by watching England collapse to 30 for three on Friday as Peter Siddle's treble strike gave Australia a glimmer of hope.
Together with Yorkshire colleague Tim Bresnan, he added 99 runs for the 4th wicket.
Nightwatchman Tim Bresnan made an admirable 38. Bresnan batted solidly for more than three hours until he pulled a James Pattinson bouncer straight to Chris Rogers in front of square.
Ian Bell edged Ryan Harris but survived. Steven Smith was claiming the catch at gully but umpire gave him not out. Third umpire was called for and he ruled it in favour of England after seeing the replays.
Ian Bell continued his good run-of-form and scored his 36th fifty. Together with Joe Root, he added 153 runs for the 5th wicket.