England vs Australia 1st Test Day 3: Root and Bell set Australia 412 to win

Root's superb form with the bat continued

Root’s superb form with the bat continued

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England batsmen Joe Root and Ian Bell both made 60 runs to set Australia a target of 412 to win the first Ashes Test in Cardiff.

Starting out the day on 264/5, Australia’s lower order completely collapsed and they were ultimately bowled out for 308, which gave England a 122-run lead.

James Anderson was the pick of the bowlers with three wickets, while Stuart Broad, Mark Wood and Moeen Ali snapped up two wickets apiece and Ben Stokes chipped in with one.

Despite having a 122-run lead in hand, England failed to capitalise as Root and Bell were the only batsmen to make a major contribution.

Root and Bell both scored 60 off 89 balls, but Bell hit 11 boundaries during his innings, while Root struck nine. The next highest scorer after them was Stokes, who mustered 42 runs.

Bell hit 11 boundaries during his knock of 60

Bell hit 11 boundaries during his knock of 60

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With the other batsmen failing to fire, England were bowled out for 289 before stumps was called.

Australia spinner Nathan Lyon inflicted the most damage as he took four wickets, while Mitchell Johnson, Mitchell Starc and Josh Hazlewood claimed two wickets each.

Australia will begin their chase tomorrow at 11:00 local time or 10:00 GMT.

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