Key takeaways from Day 3 of fifth Ashes 2019 Test
15 Sep 2019
England have gained solid authority in the fifth Ashes Test 2019 at The Oval.
Resuming Day 3 at 9/0, England batted well to amass 313/8 at stumps.
Joe Denly (94) was the main man behind England's resurgence.
Australia were way off the mark as England gained a lead of 382.
Here are the key takeaways from Day 3.
Denly's magic on Day 3 helps England
Denly was magnificent for the hosts as his patience and persistence paid off.
The opening batsman amassed a 206-ball 94 to be the rock England needed.
After adding 54 runs for the first wicket with Rory Burns (20), Denly's 124-run stand for the third wicket with Ben Stokes (67) was the best moment in the match.
This helped England consolidate their lead.
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England's positive approach should be lauded
England were positive throughout the day and the approach paid off.
To score 304 runs on Day 3 is remarkable.
Stokes continued to show his mettle in the middle order.
And to have someone like a Jos Buttler coming in at number six and scoring freely is a real bonus.
After a fifty in the first innings, Buttler scored a sparkling 47.
Not a bright day for Australia
Australia have been sloppy since the start of the Test and several decisions have baffled one and all.
Pat Cummins and Josh Hazlewood had a rare ineffective day.
The visitors were made to pay for dropping Denly on nought in Day 2.
The conditions were good for batting and England took advantage.
Aussies did stage a fight back, however, the lead grew by then.
How did Day 3 pan out?
ENG vs AUS
England got the major strength from the century-plus stand between Denly and Stokes.
The southpaw's composure allowed Denly to keep himself going on.
Both were dismissed in quick succession at 214/3 and 222/4, but Buttler's presence lifted the team.
Australia saw Steve Smith and Marnus Labuschagne take blinders on the field.
The side rallied back to pick wickets.
But England took charge.