October 18, 2019, 10:18

Joe Denly and Ben Stokes share century stand as England stretch lead over Australia

Joe Denly and Ben Stokes share century stand as England stretch lead over Australia

England stretched their lead to 262 by tea on day three at The Oval, pressing home their advantage over Australia in the fifth Ashes Test.

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Joe Denly (82no) and Ben Stokes (57no) both brought up half centuries in the afternoon session, sharing in an unbroken 106-run stand, though Australia had a chance to pick up Stokes for just seven and Denly for 54.

England were aggressive right from the off against Lyon, not wanting the offspinner to settle on a pitch that is beginning to break up. Denly plundered 10 off two balls from his opening over, launching a straight six down the ground, while Stokes too slog-swept the spinner into the stands later in the afternoon.

Denly and Stokes were largely untroubled in the afternoon as both passed fifty – Stokes bringing up his with a second six hoicked into deep midwicket off an absolute pie from part-time legspinner Marnus Labuschagne – while their century stand came up shortly before tea.

Sourse: skysports.com

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