Ashes 2019: England v Australia second Test, day three – live

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Here’s how the most important 22 yards of cut and rolled London turf look this morning. You’d have to expect the variable bounce we witnessed yesterday will only continue, and it certainly looks dry enough for spin to become increasingly important.

Day three #Ashes pic.twitter.com/4NckJBxDYS

Before play resumes there’s plenty of time to put the kettle on, make a brew, read the paper and have a chat. What better place to begin than with Vic Marks’s report from day two?

Jofra Archer, Stuart Broad and Jack Leach all hung around long enough for Bairstow to post his 50, his first excursion into double figures in Test cricket this summer. There were signs the old fluency was returning until he attempted to wallop a Lyon off-break into the grandstand. He managed only to find Khawaja at deep square-leg but at least England had crept to a disappointing total rather than a disastrous one.

Related: Jonny Bairstow rescues England after afternoon mid-order collapse

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Written by Jonathan Howcroft (now), Geoff Lemon and Rob Smyth (later)
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