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England take 85-run lead into lunch

Joe Root made 63. Credit: PA

England took a lead 85 into lunch thanks to some good batting from Joe Root, but Australia will feel they had the better of the morning session.

Mitchell Johnson got two wickets early on, while Mitchell Starc and Nathan Lyon took one apiece.

Moeen Ali and Stuart Broad were the two not out batsmen for the hosts, as they reached 221-7.


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Johnson strikes early to put pressure on England

Ben Stokes was bounced out second ball. Credit: PA

Mitchell Johnson earned the wickets of Jonny Bairstow and Ben Stokes early on day two.

The Australian bowled two superb bouncers, which the Englishmen found unplayable.

Joe Root made 63 before Mitchell Starc had him caught at first slip by Adam Voges.

Following their departure from the crease, Root and Jos Buttler dug in to progress the innings to 182-6.

Villa set to sign Spurs striker and Nantes midfielder

Emmanuel Adebayor Credit: Mike Egerton/PA Archive/PA Images

Emmanuel Adebayor remains in talks with Aston Villa and the club could also snap up Jordan Veretout by the end of the week.

Togo international Adebayor is close to joining Villa on loan from Tottenham but talks are on-going between the two clubs.

The striker has reportedly had a medical and a deal could be struck within the next 24 hours.

The 31-year-old would be a direct replacement for Christian Benteke, who joined Liverpool for £32.5million earlier this month.

Adebayor is believed to have visited the club's Bodymoor Heath training ground on Tuesday and talks were ongoing away from the complex on Wednesday.

Nantes midfielder Veretout is also a target and could become the third player from Ligue 1 to join Villa by the end of the week.

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Impressive England skittle underwhelming Australia

Jimmy Anderson was the pick of the bowlers. Credit: PA

England took control of the Third Test at Edgbaston by dismissing Australia for just 136 in less than 37 overs on day one.

Jimmy Anderson picked up six wickets, as the tourists struggled with the Lancastrian's swing.

Only Chris Rogers came out of the innings with any credit with the bat, hitting 52 before being trapped LBW by Stuart Broad.


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Anderson gives England control at Edgbaston

Jimmy Anderson is having a great spell. Credit: Reuters

Jimmy Anderson removed Adam Voges, Mitchell Marsh and Peter Nevill in quick succession to leave Australia on 86-6 on day one in Birmingham.

Nevill was Anderson's fourth wicket when the Lancastrian struck his off-stump after the Australian left the ball.

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