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Tim Paine had a tough time with the gloves, giving his opposite number Joe Root a life with a glaring mistake that may prove costly.

James Matthey

news.com.au September 6, 2019 7:05PM

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Last updated September 7, 2019 3:00AM AEST

Welcome to our live coverage of day three of the fourth Ashes Test at Old Trafford.

It’s a cold, miserable day in Manchester. Rain fell for much of the morning before the skies cleared around lunchtime and the players finally got onto the field.

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James Matthey

Australia gave Joe Root a life when the England captain outside edged Pat Cummins on 54.

Root tried to turn Cummins to the leg side but the ball shaved the edge and went between wicketkeeper Tim Paine and David Warner at first slip.

Both men thought the other was going for it and so stood motionless. Neither Paine nor Warner moved and the ball sailed between them for a boundary.

It was undoubtedly Paine’s catch and that will go down as a blunder by the Aussie skipper.

He also got a review wrong when challenging the umpire’s not-out call for an LBW shout against Root but there was more drama to come when that very delivery from Cummins caused the England captain all kinds of problems.

The ball hit him above the knee roll on his right pad and after toughing it out for a few more balls realised he could barely move. He dropped to the ground and ripped his pad off, calling for the medical staff to come out to the middle as we had a short break while he was treated.

James Matthey

Josh Hazlewood broke a 141-run partnership between Joe Root and Rory Burns when he had the latter caught by Steve Smith at second slip for 81.

The left-hander tried to defend a ball around off stump but it just moved away from him off the wicket enough to catch the outside edge and Smith took a smart catch as England stood at 3/166.

James Matthey

Australia gave Joe Root a life when the England captain outside edged Pat Cummins on 54.

Root tried to turn Cummins to the leg side but the ball shaved the edge and went between wicketkeeper Tim Paine and David Warner at first slip.

Both men thought the other was going for it and so stood motionless. Neither Paine nor Warner moved and the ball sailed between them for a boundary.

It was undoubtedly Paine’s catch and that will go down as a blunder by the Aussie skipper.

He also got a review wrong when challenging the umpire’s not-out call for an LBW shout against Root but there was more drama to come when that very delivery from Cummins caused the England captain all kinds of problems.

The ball hit him above the knee roll on his right pad and after toughing it out for a few more balls realised he could barely move. He dropped to the ground and ripped his pad off, calling for the medical staff to come out to the middle.

James Matthey

Joe Root recovered from his earlier, eye-watering blow to post his third half century of the series.

James Matthey

Rory Burns and Joe Root’s partnership hit the 100 mark as they batted brilliantly to guide England to tea.

At the break the hosts were 2/125, as Burns (62 not out) and Root (47 not out) helped sure things up after the early loss of Joe Denly and Craig Overton.

James Matthey

England captain Joe Root was brought to his knees by a Mitchell Starc delivery that nailed him in the last place you want to be hit.

Starc’s inswinger cracked Root in the groin and he went to ground as play was halted for more than five minutes.

The Aussie quick hit Root’s middle stump so hard his box broke and the England captain needed to call for replacement protective equipment for his most sensitive area.

James Matthey

Rory Burns is doing his job perfectly, raising his bat for a half century.

The opener reached the milestone with a thick outside edge to third man for four and while he wasn’t always pretty, he was showing the guts England need in response to Australia’s big first innings score.

Joe Root was also toughing it out at the other end as their partnership developed into something meaningful.

They were given a standing ovation by the Manchester crowd when England’s total moved past 100.

James Matthey

England reached 2/51 after an hour’s play on day three.

Rory Burns looked uncomfortable when the Aussies bounced him and it was slow going for Joe Root, who came to the crease after nightwatchman Craig Overton was dismissed in the second over.

James Matthey

The rain stopped and Josh Hazlewood wasted no time getting stuck in once play finally got underway, taking a wicket with his third ball of the morning.

Nightwatchman Craig Overton edged the big quick to Steve Smith at second slip.

After tormenting England with the bat on day two, Smith hurt the hosts in the field with his safe pair of hands as he reached another milestone by taking his 100th catch in Test matches.

James Matthey

The rain has stopped for a while now and more patches of blue sky can be seen.

The covers are off, the players have been out on the field warming up and the umpires have confirmed we’re looking at a 10.30pm start (1.30pm local time).

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