A second fifty of the match from England captain Andrew Strauss took the hosts nearer their goal of reclaiming the Ashes in the decisive fifth Test at the Oval here on Saturday.
Left-handed opener Strauss made 75 before he fell shortly before lunch, and together with Test debutant Jonathan Trott, shared a fourth-wicket stand of 118 after England had been in trouble at 39 for three.
At lunch, England in their second innings were 157 for four - a lead of 329 - with more than two days remaining in a match where victory would give them the series 2-1.
|England first innings 332 (A.Strauss 55, I.Bell 72)
Australia first innings – 160 (S. Broad 5/37, G Swann 4/38)
England second innings
A. Strauss c Clarke b North 75
A. Cook c Clarke b North 09
I. Bell c Katich b Johnson 04
P. Collingwood c Katich b Johnson 01
J. Trott not out 50
M. Prior not out 00
Extras: (lb-11, w-4, nb-3) 18
Total: (four wickets; 55 overs) 157
Fall of wickets: 1-27 2-34 3-39 4-157
To bat: A. Flintoff, S. Broad, G. Swann, J. Anderson, S. Harmison Bowling (to date): Hilfenhaus 7-1-24-0 (2nb), Siddle
11-2-29-0 (1w), North 16-4-30-2, Johnson 6-0-18-2 (1nb, 1w), Katich 4-2-6-0, Clark 8-2-19-0, Clarke 3-0-20-0.
FLASH: 211 for 6; Lead 383