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How many can England chase on this pitch?

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Stokes gets Head

A slower ball, short and outside off, Head thinks he can shunt it through to third man... and there's an edge. Lovely bowling. And lovely innings from Head too. Nearly kept England waiting all morning, building the lead thick and fast. Now it's Wade's turn. Smith just needs some stability at the other end. Can Wade be that man?

And Head gets a half-century

Raises his bat to the dressing room, Justin Langer stands and applauds. Good innings this. The spin and the rough outside off have troubled him but admittedly, it's a bit more difficult for the left-hander. Now though, the runs are coming thick and fast. Both Smith and Head have hit a few boundaries against Denly and Stokes. A dire morning for England so far

Bairstow misses a stumping

Travis Head on 46 not out, stretches forward and misses a legbreak from Joe Denly, and Bairstow can't take the ball. A bit too low for him... The partnership keeps rolling along! Lead now up to 100 for Australia

Moeen not quite Lyon this morning

Has he been asked to bowl slow? That's not his style, plus he's bowling a few full tosses! Australia have jumped onto it and are going at a fair clip. Flattish pitch, dead old ball: batting isn't as easy as you think but it's not impossible either. Lead of 79 runs already!

England want the ball changed

"It's a ritual," Bumble says on air. England know that Australia picked up quick wickets when the ball was changed, and they want to do the same. Just that the ball isn't out of shape... But there's been fat too many stoppages in play today. And why? Not because of the Trump guy in the crowd but because of the ball

What an eventful start

What if I tell you that Moeen Ali bowled a full toss so high that Smith panicked. He didn't know what to do about it. Tried to slap it overhead but couldn't. Moeen had a smile. And there's Stuart Broad from the other end, and he's had two LBW appeals against Travis Head already. Both going down leg but we've seen in this Test how Broad can pick wickets like that. He's picked two already err...

Also, Smith gets a fifty early in the day. Just raises his bat and gets onto his job again. He knows his job isn't over..

Official injury update

Jimmy Anderson is still suffering with tightness to his right calf. He will not take the field in Australia's second innings. If required, he will bat in England's second innings.

Let's start...

Uh-huh, it's the fourth day already. To be very honest, we still don't know who's on top. Steve Smith stands between England and a doable fourth-innings chase -- that's as honest as we can get. The way this pitch is taking turn, anything around 200 and more could be a difficult chase. There's low bounce for the fast bowlers too now, so England will have their eyes set on Smith this morning.

Yesterday was about Australia's four-wicket binge in the first session, then Stuart Broad and Chris Woakes's stunning 65-run stand, which pointed to where Australia were lacking: they forgot the short ball to Broady! Also, Bharat Sundaresan wrote about Australia having gone through 12 different opening pairs since Chris Rogers retired, and where Cameron Bancroft fits into it all. And have you checked our Michael Vaughan's Day 3 report?

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