England vs Australia 3rd Ashes Test Day 3: Root fights but Australia still on top at Headingley

Joe Root 75 not out England Australia 3rd Ashes Test Day 3 Headingley cricket

Joe Root struck seven boundaries during his unbeaten knock of 75

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England captain Joe Root scored an unbeaten 75 but Australia still hold the upper hand going into the fourth day at Headingley.

Starting off the day on 171/6, Marnus Labuschagne and James Pattinson converted their seven-run partnership into a 51-run stand before Pattinson was dismissed by Jofra Archer for 20.

Pat Cummins fell shortly after for six runs, while Labuschagne was run out by Joe Denly for 80, which came off 187 balls and included eight boundaries.

Australia ended up being bowled out for 246, which set England 359 to win, when Nathan Lyon was clean bowled by Archer for nine runs.

Ben Stokes was the pick of the bowlers with three wickets, while Archer and Stuart Broad snapped up two wickets apiece. As for Chris Woakes and Jack Leach, they chipped in with one wicket each.

Chasing 359 to win, England lost opener Rory Burns early on as he was caught by David Warner at first slip off the bowling of Josh Hazlewood for seven runs.

Jason Roy only made eight runs before he was clean bowled by Cummins.

Root and Denly stabilised the innings with a 126-run partnership, during which both batsmen brought up their fifties, before Denly was caught behind off the bowling of Hazlewood for 50, which came off 155 balls and included eight boundaries.

Root and Stokes managed to forge an unbeaten 15-run stand before stumps was called.

Root finished on 75, which came off 189 balls and included seven boundaries, while Stokes remained undefeated on two.

Hazlewood was the most successful bowler with two wickets, while Cummins claimed one.

England ended day three on 156/3 and will continue batting on Sunday at 11:00 local time or 10:00 GMT.

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