LONDON: England faces a mammoth task to avoid defeat in the second Ashes Test after Australia turned the screw on the third day at Lord’s.
Alastair Cook scored 96 and Ben Stokes 87 as the hosts made an admirable recovery from 30-4, but they were eventually dismissed for 312, still 254 runs behind.
Australia opted not to enforce the follow-on, advancing to 108-0 at stumps to lead by 362.
David Warner, dropped on nought by Adam Lyth in the gully, has 60, while first-innings centurion Chris Rogers is on 44.
With two days remaining, Australia are strong favourites to seal the victory that would level the series at 1-1 with three Tests to play.
England need to win the series outright to regain the Ashes urn.