Broad shines with bat and ball
Australia were left hoping for another major innings from Steve Smith as England took charge of the first Ashes test at Edgbaston on Saturday.
When bad light cut short the third day’s play, Australia were 124 for three in their second innings – a lead of just 34 runs.
Former captain Smith, who had made a superb 144 in the first innings of his first test since completing a 12-month ban for his role in last year’s ball-tampering scandal in South Africa, was 46 not out.
Travis Head was 21 not out, with the pair’s stand worth 49 runs.
“We leaked a few too many (runs) tonight,” England’s Chris Woakes told Sky Sports.
“At the same time 34 for three is not a bad spot,” added the allrounder, who earlier made a valuable 37 not out on his Warwickshire home ground.
“If we come back in the morning and get two wickets then 50 for five will be pretty good.”
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ENGLAND: Rory Burns, Jason Roy, Joe Root (capt), Joe Denly, Jos Buttler, Ben Stokes, Jonny Bairstow (wk), Moeen Ali, Chris Woakes, Stuart Broad, James Anderson
AUSTRALIA: David Warner, Cameron Bancroft, Usman Khawaja, Steven Smith, Travis Head, Matthew Wade, Tim Paine (capt & wk), James Pattinson, Pat Cummins, Peter Siddle, Nathan Lyon
Venue: Edgbaston, Birmingham
Series: The Ashes 2019
Toss: Australia , elected to bat first
Match days: 3 August 2019
Umpires: Joel Wilson, Aleem Dar
TV Umpires: Chris Gaffaney
Reserve Umpire: Tim Robinson
Match Referee: Ranjan Madugalle