Australian spinner Nathan Lyon, centre right, celebrates after claiming the wicket of England opener Jason Roy on Monday. Photo: Rui Vieira/AP

BIRMINGHAM – England are on course for defeat in the first Ashes test at Edgbaston after losing four wickets before lunch to sit on 85/4 in their second innings on day five, still 313 runs behind Australia.

Chasing the second highest successful run chase in Ashes history, England first-innings centurion Rory Burns fell first in the second over of the day for 11.

The highest successful run chase ever was Australia getting 404 at Headingley in 1948.

On-field umpire Joel Wilson's poor Test continued after Joe Root was twice saved on review, meaning eight of Wilson’s decisions have been overturned in this Test, before a disaster from Jason Roy saw him bowled for 28.

Joe Denly (11) was next to go, this time a review did not come to his rescue, but the key wicket of captain Joe Root (28), at the hand of Nathan Lyon, put Australia within sight of a first Edgbaston win in 18 years.

Latest Score: England 97/7

Reuters