England hold Oval advantage
England will take a sizeable 382-run lead into day four of the fifth Ashes Test at The Oval following a stubborn batting display.
The hosts went into day three on 9-0 in their second innings and they made steady early progress, losing opener Rory Burns (20) and captain Joe Root (21) as they reached 87-2.
Joe Denly was still at the crease, however, and he formed a stubborn third-wicket stand with Headingley hero Ben Stokes to take England beyond 200 before the latter was dismissed for 67.
Denly's innings did not last much longer although his patient knock of 94 off 206 balls had helped move England into a commanding position, but he was disappointed he missed out on his maiden Test century.
"Against this attack it is always a battle and you have to work hard for every single run," Denly told Sky Sports. "I am disappointed not to reach the milestone but we are in a good position going into day four, and that is the most important thing.
"It has been a disappointment of the series that I got a few starts. Getting through tricky periods and then getting out. Hopefully, if I play more cricket and Test cricket, I will keep learning and improving and get more runs."
England will resume day four on 313-8, with Jofra Archer (3) and Jack Leach (5) still at the crease.
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