Resuming the final day at 4/96, England already had an 106-run lead in a severely rain-affected match. The home side looked to steady to avoid being bowled out cheaply and allowing Australia to chase down a total.
Ben Stokes and Jos Buttler combined to settle the innings on the final morning, allowing England to get to lunch without losing any further wickets, before pushing on after the interval to build an unassailable lead. The pair put on a 90-run partnership before Pat Cummins made the breakthrough, as Buttler hooked one down the throat of deep backward square.
Jonny Bairstow would be the perfect foil for Ben Stokes, as the all-rounder took control of the innings helping push the lead past two-hundred. The advantage put the Aussies out of the game and allowed the hosts to have a crack at claiming the 10-wickets they required to sneak an unlikely victory.
Stokes pushed on, bringing up his century to force the hand of his captain Joe Root to declare the innings, setting Australia 267 to win with 48 overs left in the day.