Result: England close on 52-2 in reply to Australia's 527

Result: England lose two wickets in reply
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England finish day two of the third Ashes Test on 52-2 after Australia declared in the evening session on 527-7.

England have reached 52-2 by stumps on the second day of the third Ashes Test after Australia declared on 527-7 in the evening session.

Captain Alastair Cook remains unbeaten on 36 from 98 balls, while Joe Root took 50 minutes to build on his single run due to a disciplined stint at the crease, but was sent packing for eight.

England were brought into bat during the evening session when Australia captain Michael Clarke declared after Mitchell Starc (66) and Brad Haddin (65) surpassed 500 runs.

Nathan Lyon was close to taking an early wicket when he caught Cook's edge from a delivery, but after the ball hit Haddin's pad, skipper Clarke was unable to leap forward in time to catch it.

The tourists were able to make the breakthrough before the close of play courtesy of Peter Siddle, whose delivery to Root hit the outside edge and went easily into the hands of Haddin.

Following Root's dismissal, England opted to bring in a nightwatchman in the form of Tim Bresnan, who was controversially dismissed from a Siddle delivery.

Bresnan (1) was given out following Australia's appeals, but he should have lodged a review as replays showed that the ball clipped the leg and not the bat.

Cook and Jonathan Trott (2) will return to the crease on day three.

Australia's captain Michael Clarke in action on July 13, 2013
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