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Joe Denly Fifty takes England’s lead over 150  by lunch
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Joe Denly Fifty takes England’s lead over 150 by lunch

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Targeting a win, England extended their lead over Australia to 157 runs by lunch on the third day of the fifth Ashes Test on Saturday at the Oval.

Joe Denly’s fifty helped England further to raise the leader by 200 runs. While Joe Denly crosses 50, Ben Stokes is giving support with 12. Home side seeks to put themselves in a match-winning position. Off-spinner Nathan Lyon struck twice in the session, removing Rory Burns for 20 runs and Captain Joe Root.

World Cup winners England are desperate to tie the series at 2-2 even though Australia have already retained the Ashes urn. The tourists are equally hungry to wrap up their first series win in England since 2001 after edging ahead by winning last week's fourth Test at Old Trafford. Jofra Archer put England in pole position on Friday, taking six wickets to bowl Australia out for 225, giving the home side a first-innings lead of 69.

Steve Smith continued his top form by scoring 80 to take his tally for the series to 751 runs in just six innings.