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SCG Test: After Marsh brothers' tons, England close to a 4-0 defeat

Root was unbeaten on 42 at the close with Jonny Bairstow not out 17

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SCG Test:  After Marsh brothers' tons, England close to a 4-0 defeat

was hailed as Australia's "key" bowler as the team closes in on an emphatic victory in the final Ashes Test after beleaguered unravelled on a torrid day in today.

The Australians amassed a massive 303-run innings lead in blistering heat and then reduced the battle-weary tourists to 93 for four at the close with a day to play.

Compounding England's woes was a for Joe Root, his team's last major hope of staving off a 4-0 series rout on Monday's final day of the Test.

Root was unbeaten on 42 at the close with not out 17.

Lyon captured the important wickets of and to have two for 31 off 19 overs at stumps.

"I think Gaz (Lyon) is the key tomorrow. The wicket is definitely suiting his conditions, especially with the left handers, he'll come into play," Australian centurion Shaun said.

"I thought he bowled really well today and showed his class and hopefully he can come out tomorrow and get a few early breakthroughs for us."

called a halt to their epic first innings at 649 for seven, and soon had in trouble after the tourists had been cooked in the field for more than two draining days.

was leg before wicket to for a duck and lost a review in the process, and next ball Cook was put down at first slip by off for five.

But Cook's reprieve did not last long and he was bowled for 10 when a sharp Lyon turner hit the top of off-stump in the off-spinner's first over.

Cook, who became during his innings only the sixth batsman to score 12,000 Test runs, finished the series with 376 runs at 47.

survived a caught behind off Lyon on review on 15, but three runs later edged to at slip.

followed when Lyon trapped him leg before wicket for five.

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"In many ways the last few days have summed up our trip," said

"It's been exceptionally tough, we've come up against a team that's playing very good but the one thing that we've been talking about is making sure we keep on fighting and battling."

Shaun and Mitchell earlier became the third set of brothers to score centuries in the same innings for

The Marsh boys joined Greg and and Steve and to score brotherly centuries for Australia, while it was the eighth time overall it had happened in Test

The Chappells were the first Australian brothers to notch centuries in the same innings at The Oval in 1972 with the Waughs the last to do it against England, also at The Oval, in 2001.

almost spoiled his century in all the excitement as he embraced his brother mid-pitch before he had completed the second run scrambling back to his crease to avoid being run out.

was bowled next ball by for 101 off 141 balls with 15 fours and two sixes. The century came after his 181 in the third Test in

He was the third centurion of the massive Australian first innings total, following Usman Khawaja's 171 on Saturday.

was eventually dismissed after lunch, run out for 156 by Stoneman's direct throw from the covers.

He batted for 403 minutes and faced 291 balls for his second century of the series and his sixth in 28 Tests.

Starc slogged Moeen Ali for six and was out the next ball finding Vince at long on for 11.

(38) and (24) were at the crease when called them in about an hour before tea.

Big-hearted paceman bowled with great economy in the stifling conditions as temperatures hit 42 Celsius (108 Farenheit), taking one for 56 off 34 overs.

Spinners Ali and debutant conceded a combined 363 runs in taking three wickets between them.

First Published: Sun, January 07 2018. 18:39 IST