England Reaches 97-1, Trails Australia by 395 in Ashes Cricket

England progressed to a first-innings score of 97-1 to trail Australia by 395 runs at lunch on day three of the final Ashes cricket Test.

Seeking an unprecedented 4-0 series win against its oldest rival, England scored a little more than two runs an over after resuming on 32-0 at The Oval in London.

Openers Alastair Cook and Joe Root benefited from sunny weather and a flat pitch to push the score to 68 before Cook, the England captain, edged a wide Ryan Harris delivery to wicketkeeper Brad Haddin for 25. It was the pair’s highest partnership of the five-match series.

Trott faced 32 deliveries for his 10 not out and Root is unbeaten on 52, only the second time in the series that he’s scored more than 30. The 22-year-old reached his 50 off 145 balls.

An extra eight overs is scheduled today, and on the final two days, making up for some of the play lost yesterday to rain.

Australia coach Darren Lehmann was last night fined 20 percent of his match fee for publicly criticizing and making inappropriate comments about England’s Stuart Broad, the International Cricket Council said.

Lehmann accused Broad of “blatant cheating” in an interview with an Australian radio station on the eve of the match after the fast bowler defended his actions in not walking in the Ashes series opener when he edged a ball for a catch.

“I hope the Australian public give it to him right from the word go for the whole summer” during the return series in Australia starting in November, Lehmann said of Broad in the interview. “I hope he cries and he goes home.”

The Dubai-based ICC said in a statement the sanctions available to it for a Level 1 offense ranged from a warning or reprimand and/or a fine of up to 50 percent of the match fee. Lehmann, who replaced the fired Mickey Arthur as Australia coach 16 days before the Ashes series started, accepted the proposed fine from match referee Roshan Mahanama.

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