August 3, 2019 / 12:13 PM / 2 months ago

Cricket-England open slender lead but lose four wickets before lunch

BIRMINGHAM, England, Aug 3 (Reuters) - England’s Rory Burns added just eight runs to his overnight total as the hosts lost four wickets in the morning session on day three of the first Ashes test as they reached 328-8, with a first innings lead of 44 runs at Edgbaston.

Resuming on 267-4, England World Cup hero Ben Stokes reached his 18th test half century only to be caught behind off the next ball he faced before, after facing 311 balls, Burns was out for 133, a quicker ball from Nathan Lyon proving his undoing.

Lyon was not done there though. Having waited so long for his first wicket, he bowled Moeen Ali for a five-ball duck moments later, before David Warner held a catch in the slips to bring an end to Jonny Bairstow’s innings for just eight runs.

England were on the ropes after losing three wickets in 11 balls, but Stuart Broad and Chris Woakes steadied the ship through to lunch as they extended the home side’s slender lead. (Reporting by Peter Hall; Editing by Ken Ferris)

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