England vs Australia 5th Ashes Test Day 3: Denly stars as England forge 382-run lead

Joe Denly 94 England Australia 5th Ashes Test Day 3 The Oval cricket

Joe Denly fell six runs short of his maiden Test century

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Joe Denly struck a career-best 94 to help England forge a 382-run lead on the third day of the fifth Ashes Test at The Oval.

Starting off the day on 9/0, England added 45 runs to their overnight score before Rory Burns was caught behind off the bowling of Nathan Lyon for 20.

England captain Joe Root mustered 21 runs before he was caught by Steve Smith at slip off the bowling of Lyon.

Denly and Ben Stokes stabilised the innings with a 127-run partnership, during which both batsmen brought up their half-centuries, before Stokes was clean bowled by Lyon for 67, which came off 115 balls and included five boundaries and two sixes.

Denly wen on to score 94, which came off 206 deliveries and included 14 boundaries and a six, before he was dismissed by Peter Siddle.

Mitchell Marsh proceeded to take out Jonny Bairstow, while Pat Cummins sent Sam Curran packing for 17.

Chris Woakes fell shortly after, while Jos Buttler was removed by Siddle for 47.

Jack Leach and Jofra Archer managed to put together an unbeaten eight-run partnership before stumps was called.

Leach finished on five, while Archer remained unbeaten on three.

Lyon was the pick of the bowlers with three wickets, while Siddle and Marsh snapped up two wickets apiece. As for Cummins, he claimed one.

England ended day three on 313/8 and will continue batting on Sunday at 11:00 local time or 10:00 GMT.

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