England secured an emphatic 347 run victory over Australia to extend their lead in the series thanks to another superb display from the home side's bowlers who were on top throughout the day.

Australia would have hoped to at least be able to take the game into a fifth day but after Joe Root was dismissed just 15 minutes into the day for a magnificent 180, it was another poor display from the tourist's top order.

Shane Watson, Chris Rogers and Phil Hughes were all dismissed cheaply as Australia fell to 36-3, and despite some fight from captain Michael Clarke and Usman Khawaja it was another day to forget for Darren Lehmann's side.

England had dominated proceedings throughout the first three days at Lord's and it was little surprise when Root walked out with Jonny Bairstow as the young opener looked to secure a double century.

Bairstow would fall for 20 after flashing at a length delivery and getting a thick outside edge through to wicketkeeper Brad Haddin.

Then with the field spread and having been starved of the early striker Root would try and flick a Harris delivery over his head but Steven Smith ran in from the boundary and took a good catch.

Alastair Cook would then wave his team in as Australia were handed the mammoth task of chasing down 583 to level the series.

Watson would continue to play his strokes as he looked to capitalise on the odd poor ball but soon England's plan would work to perfection as Jimmy Anderson cannoned a straight one into the opener's pads and umpire Marais Erasmus would slowly raise his finger after plenty of consideration.

Rogers would soon follow as he misjudged a Graeme Swann delivery which went straight on to hit the off stump. The England spinner would then get Phil Hughes for just one when he missed a straight one and was given out lbw.

Khawaja and Clarke would put on 98 runs as they looked to frustrate England's bowlers Root would be introduced into the attack and would show just why he can be a major player for many years to come.

With a dry pitch starting to produce some varied bounce and serious turn, Root would first pick up Clarke for 51 and then Khawaja for 54 after he edged into the safe hands of Anderson.

Steven Smith would make just one before getting an inside edge from Bresnan which was easily taken by Matt Prior. The England quick when then get his second wicket of the day when Aston Agar was ruled to have edged a delivery to the wicketkeeper.

The on field umpire would rule there was no edge but after England reviewed the decision was overturned despite there being no evidence on hotspot, third umpire Tony Hill believed there was a slight deflection.

Brad Haddin made seven before leaving a straight one from Swann which was adjudged to have been hitting the stumps and then in the very next over over Siddle was dropped by Root.

Once again the Australian tail wagged as Siddle, James Pattinson and Ryan Harris all frustrated the bowlers but Anderson would eventually return to clean bowl Siddle for 18 before Pattinson went lbw to Swann with just four balls remaining in the day.

England will feel they are well in charge of the series and they will now have over a week to rest before the third Test begins at Old Trafford on 1 August.