England struggled after a contentious stumping decision against Moeen Ali in the middle session on day four and was bundled out for 195 after a late collapse of 410, including the last three wickets for one run in 10 deliveries. England's Moeen Ali plays a shot against Australia during their Ashes cricket test in Brisbane, Australia.
England resumed the penultimate day at 332, a slender seven-run lead, and added 29 without too much trouble before Lyon took a pair of wickets to remove Mark Stoneman 27 and Dawid Malan 4, both caught by Smith in the slips. Australia celebrate the wicket of Jonny Bairstow during the Ashes cricket test between England and Australia in Brisbane, Australia.
Root batted doggedly, recovering after a being hit hard in the helmet on Saturday night, but lost his wicket nine minutes before lunch.The England captain had just reached his 33rd Test half-century from 103 balls but was trapped lbw by Hazlewood with the very next delivery. England's Joe Root, right, walks off after Australia's Josh Hazlewood, left, got his wicket during their Ashes cricket test in Brisbane, Australia.
That ended the 42-run sixth-wicket stand between Ali and Jonny Bairstow and exposed the lower order with England sliding to 1556. The decision divided critics, with some saying it was too close to call and the batsman should have been given the benefit of the doubt, but others saying it was accurate even if slightly harsh.The English were unable to mount a big partnership on a Gabba wicket that progressively got faster and bouncier over four days, and wickets fell too regularly. Australia's Steve Smith, left, dives to take a catch to get the wicket of England's Mark Stoneman, center, during their Ashes cricket test in Brisbane, Australia.
Australia hasn't lost a Test match at the Gabba since 1988 and is growing in confidence to continue that streak, needing only 56 runs with 10 wickets in hand on Monday. England holds the Ashes after winning 32 at home in 2015 but was swept 5-0 on its last tour to Australia in 2013-14. Australia's Cameron Bancroft, center, looks back as England's Alastair Cook, left, tries to take a catch during the Ashes cricket test in Brisbane, Australia.