BIRMINGHAM – England reached 328-8 to build a 44-run lead by lunch on third day of the Ashes opener against Australia despite losing four quick wickets in the morning session on Saturday.
England had looked well positioned to build a more dominant lead when the hosts were on 282-4 but that quickly became 300-8 thanks to Australia's disciplined bowling display.
Rory Burns' marathon century finally came to an end on 133, with Ben Stokes, Moeen Ali and Jonny Bairstow also dismissed.
Stokes was the only batsman to show any fluency, reaching 50 before he aimed a cut at Pat Cummins and nicked through to Tim Paine.
Burns added just eight to his overnight score, and after more than seven hours in the middle he was undone by Nathan Lyon's off spin, edging to Paine who held on instinctively.