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England opener Rory Burns and nightwatchman Craig Overton return to the middle on Friday morning with the hosts already aiming to save the fourth Test after just two days of cricket.
Australia posted 497-8 declared before putting England into bat for a difficult 45-minute spell in the final session of a day which was dominated by the tourists, with Steve Smith hitting a double ton on his return to the side.
Burns successfully negotiated a blend of pace and spin as the evening sun shone down on Old Trafford, but Joe Denly never looked comfortable against the Aussie quicks and was caught at short leg after several loose shots.
Burns and Overton will – weather permitting – return to the crease with England 23/1 and some 474 runs behind.
Stay tuned to Standard Sport as Will Macpherson and Malik Ouzia guide you through the fourth Test…
ENG 132/2 (51.0 overs)
Burns 68, Root 49
Joe Root works Cummins into the leg-side and moves onto 49. Rory Burns does likewise as they rotate the strike nicely.
ENG 131/2 (50.0 overs)
Burns 67, Root 48
England just need to get through these first few overs after tea, and then all of a sudden this could start to look like a very long evening session for Australia’s four-man attack. The likes of Marnus Labuschagne and Steve Smith may well be asked for a few overs.
The new ball is 30 overs away, which, in theory could be tonight, but will probably not come until the morning.
ENG 130/2 (49.0 overs)
Burns 67, Root 47
It’s been a retched series for opening batsmen, but Rory Burns has been by far and away the best of them, on either side.
That was almost the end of him though, and absolute beauty from Cummins, nipping away off the surface and it’s a hope and pray job for Burns. No edge.
ENG 130/2 (48.0 overs)
Burns 67, Root 47
Nathan Lyon to get things back underway – he looked the biggest threat before the break, but Rory Burns takes advantage of a wide one with a nice cut to the boundary for four.
Right then. A mammoth evening session that could end up almost three hours in length is about to get underway. A lot of work still to be done as the fielders return, soon followed by the batsmen.
Away from Old Trafford, Lasith Malinga has just taken a top-order hat-trick in Sri Lanka’s T20 against New Zealand to become the first man to reach 100 T20i wickets.
ENG 125/2 (47.0 overs)
Burns 62, Root 47
Pat Cummins is emptying the tank here before tea – up at 90mph. And that’s the first loose shot we’ve seen from Root in a little while, perhaps eager to get to his half century before tea, driving and missing.
Australia want one more, but they won’t get it. That’s tea. Well played, England.
ENG 125/2 (46.0 overs)
Burns 62, Root 47
Nathan Lyon is back, which means the cheers are, too. That’s a tidy start, one goes on straight with a bit of extra bounce and beats Burns.
The next is too short though, and cut away for a couple and there’s the 100 partnership, off 204 balls.
ENG 123/2 (45.0 overs)
Burns 60, Root 47
Cummins is continuing with the short ball ploy, but in the main the Surrey man has done much better against those deliveries today. Still, when Cummins nails one like that there’s not much you can do, and he’s relieved to see the ball fly down into the pitch off his glove.
ENG 122/2 (44.0 overs)
Burns 59, Root 47
It has ebbed and flowed, this innings. Little bursts of quick scoring and then Australia find a way to tighten up. The main thing, from an England perspective, though, is that these two look comfortable whether they’re scoring or not.
There’s a few! The most controlled of pull shots from Joe Root for four.
ENG 118/2 (43.0 overs)
Burns 59, Root 43
Pat Cummins returns to the attack. 1-15 off his first seven overs. England fans, before you get too excited, Australia still lead by 379 at this stage.
ENG 117/2 (42.0 overs)
Burns 59, Root 42
He almost repeats the trick, Joe Root, steering towards third man, but it’s very well fielded by Marcus Harris at gully.
Don’t Take Me Home, is the song from the stands, but they needn’t worry. We’ve still got three-and-a-half hours of cricket to come, minus the twenty minute tea interval.
ENG 116/2 (41.0 overs)
Burns 59, Root 41
Half an hour to go until tea, and that is gorgeous from Joe Root, stunning placement between slip and gully and it teases the fielder all the way to the fence to take him to 40.
ENG 111/2 (40.0 overs)
Burns 59, Root 36
A change of gloves for Joe Root and a quick word with Nathan Lyon, presumably about the health of his old chap. All good to continue, and Josh Hazlewood is going to return to the attack.
Out of the middle of the bat from Burns again, straight to Labuschagne at backwards square, but a misfield means they’ll get a couple.
ENG 109/2 (38.4 overs)
Burns 57, Root 36
And now Mitchell Starc is getting the Mitchell Johnson song, too. ‘He bowls to the left, he bowls to the right…’.
Oof. He’s bowled pretty straight there, straight into Joe Root’s realm of delicacy. The England skipper will need a minute.
ENG 109/2 (38.0 overs)
Burns 57, Root 36
This is proper pantomime stuff now – when Lyon is bowling, the crowd are cheering every ball thrown back to him.
ENG 108/2 (37.0 overs)
Burns 57, Root 35
A long chat between Starc and Paine at the start of that over and the former responds with some much tighter deliveries. Just one from it.
ENG 107/2 (36.0 overs)
Burns 57, Root 34
Oooh, that is very lucky, and Joe Root is fuming with himself. Tries to play it too late, bottom edge, and that must miss his stumps by inches, but it brings three runs.
Comedy little moment here as Burns is out of his ground for a moment. By the time the throw comes in he’s safe, but there are huge ironic cheers, with a nod to Headingley, as Lyon gathers it cleanly. To his credit, he gives the crowd a wave of the ball.
ENG 102/2 (35.0 overs)
Burns 57, Root 29
Starc is all over the shop again, and Root gobbles it up, helping a straighter delivery down to fine leg for four.
That’s wonderfully timed by Root again, off the pads, three more, and England pass 100.
Tim Paine has got to decide what he wants from Mitchell Starc. If he’s going to be an attacking, strike bowler, he’s got to be more threatening than this. If he’s going to split the workload fairly evenly with Cummins and Hazlewood, then he can’t go round the park.
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Ashes 2019 Series Schedule
|First Test | August 1-5||Edgbaston, Birmingham||Aus won by 251 runs|
|Second Test | August 14-18||Lord’s, London||
|Third Test | August 22-26||Headingley, Leeds||
Eng won by 1 wicket
|Fourth Test | September 4-8||Old Trafford, Manchester|
|Fifth Test | September 12-16||The Oval, London|
Aussies haven’t left with the urn for 18 years… will England make it five home wins in a row?
2001 | Australia win 4-1
Their seventh straight Ashes win as they handed out thrashings at Edgbaston, Lord’s and Trent Bridge. Then, at Headingley, Mark Butcher’s 173* pulled one back as England chased 315. Skipper Steve Waugh returned from injury at the Oval to score a century and secure the series. Glenn McGrath and Shane Warne shared 63 wickets.
2005 | England win 2-1
The greatest series. 17 wickets fell on the opening day at Lord’s as McGrath’s brilliance carried Australia to victory. But when he went down injured at Edgbaston, England roared back, then dominated the draw at Old Trafford. At Trent Bridge, they crept home in another classic, then just held Australia off at the Oval thanks to a century from Kevin Pietersen.
2009 | England win 2-1
This series did not lack drama. At Cardiff, James Anderson and Monty Panesar batted for 69 balls to save the draw, then Andrew Flintoff’s final five-for sealed success at Lord’s. Australia followed a draw at Edgbaston with a thumping win at Headingley. That took it to the wire at the Oval, where Stuart Broad and Jonathan Trott propelled England to victory.
2013 | England win 3-0
An oft-forgotten series, partly because England were in the early stages of falling apart following an extraordinary run in which they reached World No1. England won a nailbiter at Trent Bridge, then comfortably at Lord’s. A draw at Old Trafford ensured the hosts retained the Urn before going 3-0 up at Durham, where Ian Bell made his third century of the series.
2015 | England win 3-2
Australia won in London when the pitches were flat, England elsewhere when the pitches were livelier. Joe Root’s century set up victory at Cardiff, before Australia hitback at Lord’s. England then won at Edgbaston and Trent Bridge, where Stuart Broad’s 8-15 decided the series. Australia easily took the finale at The Oval but it was Alastair Cook celebrating.