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By Matthew Henry and Jack Skelton

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    England have batted themselves into a match-winning position. Read all about a great day for the hosts in Stephan Shemilt's match report from The Oval.

    Scroll down for highlights and reaction.

    We'll be back at 10:30 BST on Sunday to see if England can press home their advantage.

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    Video caption: 'Beautifully played' - Denly brings up half-century with boundary through square leg
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    Alec Stewart

    Ex-England captain on BBC Test Match Special

    I'll give Australia a 1% chance of winning this match.

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    More from Joe Denly to TMS on the birth of his daughter: "It's been incredible - it would've been even more amazing if I'd managed to get to that hundred mark.

    "The other day was amazing I missed the birth of my son by five minutes so it was great to get there in time for my daughter.

    "We'll have to get Steve Smith out first but hopefully the pitch will start to take turn, get a bit of variable bounce and Australia got it reversing today as well."

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    Video caption: Denly skips down the track and hits Lyon for six
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    Glenn McGrath

    Ex-Australia bowler on BBC Test Match Special

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    Video caption: Smith drops Stokes on seven

    They came over here firstly to retain the Ashes and I think 3-1 would be a fair reflection but England have found ways to hang in there.

    Australia only have themselves to blame though really. Tim Paine should have chosen to bat. They should've picked Mitchell Starc over Peter Siddle. They've used the review system badly.

    There will be a tinge of disappointment if they draw the series 2-2.

  5. 'We're in a great position'

    England batsman Joe Denly, speaking to TMS: "It was good, nice to get that score and disappointing not to get to the milestone. But we're in a great position going into day four and that's the main thing, hopefully we can make the most of it tomorrow.

    "I wasn't thinking about my place on the winter tours, I was just trying to occupy the crease and if I did that scoring opportunities would come.

    "That's the end of my box, I'll have to invest in a new one. This whole series has been a real graft with the bat against their attack.

    "I borrowed Rory Burns' box and he has two taped together so I may have to go down that route."

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    Video caption: 'Glorious shot' - Denly drives behind square for four
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    Peter Siddle clearly still believes.

    It was a tough day for Australia, and they now face a battle to prevent England winning this match and tying the series at 2-2, but they did pull of these two brilliant catches late in the day.

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    Video caption: 'Wow, wow, wow!' - Smith takes 'a beauty' to dismiss Woakes

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    Video caption: Labuschagne takes a 'brilliant' catch to remove Buttler
  7. 'You wouldn't bet against Smith'

    More from Peter Siddle to TMS: "We know what happened at Headingley on a nice batting strip so if we make the most of this deck, who knows?

    "You wouldn't bet against Steve Smith making his first fourth innings century - that's a start and we'll see how we go from there.

    "There is not a lot happening with the ball so if you're patient like they were you can build a big innings

    "Plenty of people have written me off but I'm just trying to stay fit, stay on the park and fourth time lucky I've been able to retain the Ashes over here and maybe even still win it."

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    It wasn't to be for Rory Burns, Joe Root or Jonny Bairstow today. They all made starts but failed to go on.

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    Video caption: 'What a way to get out' - Burns under-edge well caught by Paine

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    Video caption: Root edges Lyon to Smith at slip

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    Video caption: A 'brilliant' catch by Smith removes Bairstow
  9. 'We've been behind the eight-ball from the start'

    Australia bowler Peter Siddle, speaking to TMS: "It was a tough day - it would have been nice to get some early breakthroughs and put more pressure on them but it didn't come.

    "Credit to us we kept plugging away got a couple of quick wickets in the morning and you never know.

    "We know how much it means to win the series, it just comes down to execution and we've been behind the eight-ball from the start."

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    Video caption: 'Wow, wow, wow!' - Smith takes 'a beauty' to dismiss Woakes
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    Michael Vaughan

    Ex-England captain on BBC Test Match Special

    Australia have looked tired and sloppy. England have capitalised on Tim Paine's decision at the toss and played a very good game of cricket so far.

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    Ben Stokes was the other main contributor to England's score.

    He was dropped early but made a fourth score of 50 or more in the series. He eventually fell to Nathan Lyon for 67.

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    Video caption: 'A convincing stroke' - Stokes hits Lyon for one-bounce four back over his head

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    Video caption: Smith drops Stokes on seven

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    Video caption: 'It traveled like a bullet' - Stokes sweeps Lyon for six

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    Video caption: Stokes hits Labuschagne for six to bring up half-century

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    Video caption: A 'terrific' delivery from Lyon bowls Stokes for 67
  12. 'Denly has inner strength'

    Michael Vaughan

    Ex-England captain on BBC Test Match Special

    I wrote Joe Denly off, many did. But I like players that have that inner strength to prove people wrong. He got dropped on nought last night and he must've been thinking he had to make it count.

    He played so well. He had a bit of fortune, with that lbw shout that Tim Paine failed to review too.

    But he kept his hands a bit closer to him and when there are quality bowlers and a bit of movement, if you play with hands away from your body, you're going to get found out.

    He played with more control and had a forward defence.

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    Video caption: 'Beautifully played' - Denly brings up half-century with boundary through square leg
  13. 'The team is the most important thing'

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    Video caption: Denly drives Siddle through the covers for four

    England batsman Joe Denly, speaking to Sky Sports about the birth of his daughter: "She is very well. Mother and baby are both doing very well and returned home this afternoon."

    On his 94, Denly said: "Against this attack it is always a battle. You have to work hard for every run. I am naturally disappointed not to get to the milestone but we are in a great position going into day four and that is the most important thing.

    "I haven't done a great deal of opening in the last few years. I am still learning and still improving.

    "The disappointment of the of series is getting a few starts and finding ways to get out. Hopefully if I play more Test cricket I will keep learning and improving and the big scores will come."

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    Michael Vaughan

    Ex-England captain on BBC Test Match Special

    England proved that they can bat all day. They've really tried since the 67 all out at Headingley to play in the proper Test match way.

    For them to compete in Australia they will have to learn the way of getting big, big scores.

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    It was harsh on Denly. He batted so well. He probably deserved the ton. He batted for 206 balls but was out caught off the bowling of Peter Siddle for 94.

    Did Denly do enough to keep his England place? Probably.

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    Video caption: 'A nice stroke' - Denly drives Cummins through mid-off for four

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    Video caption: Denly skips down the track and hits Lyon for six

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    Video caption: Denly drives Cummins to the cover boundary

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    Video caption: 'Beautifully played' - Denly brings up half-century with boundary through square leg

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    Video caption: 'Glorious shot' - Denly drives behind square for four

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    Video caption: Denly edges Siddle to Smith at slip to fall for 94
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    Michael Vaughan

    Ex-England captain on BBC Test Match Special

    England are in the box seat. Australia fought hard in that final session but England played with great control.

    Australia might have a sniff, you never know after this summer.

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    That has to be one of England's best days of the series. They started the day with a small lead but they've batted themselves into a position where it is hard to see them losing.

    The only shame is that Joe Denly fell six runs short of a first Test century.

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    Jim Maxwell

    BBC Test Match Special

    A very strong performance from England with the bat today.

  19. Close of play - Eng 313-8

    Lead by 382

    That's it. A solid block from Archer. England have batted from the start of day three until the end.

  20. Eng 313-8

    Jofra Archer didn't want to move but after a stutter he comes down to take the last ball. Leach gets a single.

    Jack Leach in action