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.