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The Ashes 2019 first Test, day four as it happened

That’s all from me for the night. Thanks for joining me on what was an excellent day for Australia.

I’ll be back tonight at 1930 for the final day as Tim Paine’s men resume their quest for a remarkable come-from-behind victory.

Enjoy your Monday.

Australia started the day in trouble but finish it as the only side that can win the first Test.

It’s been a day of domination for the Australians, who have 90 overs tomorrow to claim the 10 wickets they need to go one up.

England have reached stumps on 0/13 in pursuit of Australia’s victory target of 398.

The day belonged to Steve Smith and Matthew Wade, whose centuries have taken England out of the game.

Smith’s ton, his second of the game, rescued Australia from a difficult position while Wade’s 110 left England demoralised.

The one saving grace for England was they did not lose a wicket in the seven overs they faced late in the day, but they have much work to do on the final day to salvage a draw.

Matthew Wade and Tim Paine are childhood friends but have often competed for the same spot in the team.

Wade had to leave his native Tasmania for Victoria to get a start at state level but returned home two summers ago as the state’s preferred wicketkeeper.

Soon after, Paine claimed Wade’s place in the Test side and also kept wicket when on state duties.

Wade is back in a Test side led by Paine, playing as a specialist batsman while Paine is now the wicketkeeper.

Matthew Wade celebrates his century with Tim Paine.

Matthew Wade celebrates his century with Tim Paine.Credit:AP

It’ll be spin with the new ball in England. Nathan Lyon to take the new ball from the Birmingham End.

It’s Peter Siddle, who bowled first change in the first innings, to take the first over instead of Pat Cummins or James Pattinson.

I saw Nathan Lyon rolling his arm over so could he be taking it from the other end?

James Pattinson signs off with a slog sweep six and we have a declaration.

Australia have set England a victory target of 398 after declaring on 7/487.

If England pull it off, it will be the fifth highest run chase of all time.

England have seven overs to face tonight. Jason Roy and Rory Burns have nothing to gain tonight though I would not be surprised if one of the pair was given a nightwatchman.

If Australia declare at the end of this over (the 111th of the innings), they’d get eight overs to have a crack at England tonight.

You’d think with a lead in excess of 375, they already have enough to win.

Peter Siddle’s padded up, which suggests they still want more runs, though some of the players are in their whites so a declaration cannot be too far away.

James Pattinson put the ball into the terraces and into someone’s afternoon ale.

Matthew Wade justified selectors’ faith in him by marking the start of his Test career as a specialist batsman with a century.

Matthew Wade gets a warm ovation from the Edgbaston crowd after making 110.

Matthew Wade gets a warm ovation from the Edgbaston crowd after making 110.Credit:AP

Pat Cummins gets the nick and is caught behind but the half-hearted appeal by Jonny Bairstow is turned down by Joel Wilson.

There’s a clear nick showing on UltraEdge. Remember, England do not have any reviews left.

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