BIRMINGHAM: England were 133-3 in reply to Australia’s first innings 136, a deficit of three runs, when rain forced an early close to the first day of the third Ashes Test at Edgbaston on Wednesday.
Joe Root was 30 not out and Jonny Bairstow one not out after Ian Bell made 53 on his Warwickshire home ground.
Earlier, James Anderson took his Ashes-best figures of 6-47 as Australia, who won the toss, were bowled out inside 37 overs.
Steven Finn, playing his first Test in two years, claimed the crucial wickets of Steve Smith and Michael Clarke, as only Chris Rogers, with 52, resisted.
The five-match series is level at 1-1 after England won the first Test in Cardiff by 169 runs before Australia hit back with a 405-run victory in the second Test at Lord’s.