England cruised into a 2-1 Ashes lead with an eight-wicket win before tea on day three at Edgbaston.Read the full story ›
England have taken a 2-1 lead in the Ashes after winning the Third Test at Edgbaston by eight wickets.
Ian Bell and Joe Root saw England home to ensure victory was completed within three days.
Despite losing Alastair Cook and Adam Lyth relatively cheaply, England look on course to win the Third Test.
Ian Bell has reached 37 not not and Joe Root is looking comfortable at the other end with just 57 runs needed for victory.
Australia have set England a target of 121 to win the Third Test at Edgbaston.
England lost the wicket of Peter Nevill in the first hour of day three, but made steady progress.
Steven Finn had Nevill caught behind for 59, as Australia moved to 81 runs ahead, which won't worry England too much.
Mitchell Starc is still at the crease on 36 non out.
England fast bowler Jimmy Anderson has been ruled out of the Fourth Test at Trent Bridge, the ECB have confirmed. Lancastrian Anderson suffered a side strain on Thursday forcing him to leave the field of play mid-over.
England are on the brink of a 2-1 Ashes lead at Edgbaston, but already appear to be bracing themselves for James Anderson's absence from next week's fourth Test.
Anderson had to leave the field mid-over on day two in Birmingham, wincing in pain with an injury England later described as a "tight side".
Steven Finn had much to do with England's surge towards a mid-series advantage, taking five for 45 to push his match tally up to seven wickets in his comeback Test after two years out of the team.
But even as he reflected on that heartening success so far, Finn admitted concerns that Anderson - who took six first-innings wickets here - may not be fit to take part on his happiest hunting ground of all in Nottingham next week.
For Jimmy to walk off halfway through an over, it can't be too good. But who knows - with some magical medical healing and some rehab, you never know.
Jimmy loves bowling at Trent Bridge - everyone knows that. If he was to miss it, it would be a big loss - but we don't know yet.
Deemed "not selectable" at the peak of his problems 18 months ago, Steven Finn bowled England to the verge of a resounding victory, and 2-1 Ashes lead, at Edgbaston.
Finn, back for his first Test in two years after much-chronicled technical problems, took five for 45 as Australia stumbled to 168 for seven by stumps on day two - a lead of only 23, despite opener David Warner's defiant 77.
He took two wickets in two balls here as England produced an outstanding turnaround after their embarrassing 405-run defeat at Lord's.
It should now merely be a matter of time - and not much of it at that - before they complete the win on the third morning of this third Investec Test.
Steven Finn clean bowled Mitchell Marsh to leave Australia on 92-5, still 53 behind England.
The Middlesex paceman now has four wickets in the second innings, making it an impressive return to Test cricket after a two-year absence.
Stuart Broad and Steven Finn picked up a wicket each to leave Australia on 73-2, 72 runs behind.
Nottinghamshire seamer Broad removed Chris Rogers, with Finn seeing Steve Smith sky one to Jo Buttler behind the stumps.
David Warner scored a half-century off just 35 balls, matching the Ashes record.