7 Jan 2011

England on verge of first test series win in Australia in almost 25 years

10:21 am on 7 January 2011

England's just three wickets away from a first Test series win in Australia in 24 years, heading into the last day of the fifth and final Test in Sydney.

Having already won the Ashes and leading 2-1 in the series, England have Australia 213 for seven in their second innings still trailing the tourists by 151 runs, after England made a record 644 in their first innings.

The score, which gave England a first-innings lead of 364, was their highest ever on Australian soil.

Australia lost by an innings in Adelaide and again last week in Melbourne and now face a third drubbing by a similar margin.

England bowlers James Anderson, Tim Bresnan and Chris Tremlett have each taken two wickets each.