Cricket: England win third Test by eight wickets to take 2-1 lead in Ashes series

England's Ian Bell (left) and Joe Root on the third day of the third Ashes cricket test match between England and Australia on July 31, 2015.
England's Ian Bell (left) and Joe Root on the third day of the third Ashes cricket test match between England and Australia on July 31, 2015. PHOTO: AFP

LONDON (AFP) - England beat Australia by eight wickets to win the third Test at Edgbaston on Friday with more than two days to spare as they took a 2-1 lead in the five-match Ashes series.

England, set a target of 121 to win on the third day, finished on 124 for two after lunch.

Ian Bell was 65 not out and Joe Root 38 not out.

This victory represented a remarkable turnaround from England's 405-run defeat in the second Test at Lord's, which followed their 169-run win over Australia in the first Test in Cardiff.

The series continues with the fourth Test at Nottingham's Trent Bridge ground starting on Thursday.