England vs Australia (ENG vs AUS) 4th Ashes Test Highlights: After posting a massive 497/8, Australia declared in the first innings and let England take the crease for 10 overs on Day 2 at Old Trafford, Manchester. Joe Root and Joe Burns put on a 91-run stand, but unfortunately for the home side, that was the only sizeable partnership for them.
Steve Smith’s comeback Test after his concussion showed the world what exactly Australia had missed in the third Test, as he put on a double century, scoring 211 from 319 balls. Complimented by captain Tim Paine and Mitchel Starc’s half-centuries, Smith guided Australia to a humongous total. While Stuart Broad bagged three wickets, both Jack Leach and Craig Overton got two wickets each.
The Ashes, 2019Old Trafford, Manchester 15 October 2019
England 301 (107.0) & 197 (91.3)
Australia 497/8 dec & 186/6 dec
Match Ended ( Day 5 - 4th Test ) Australia beat England by 185 runs
Ashes 4th Ashes Test Day 3, Highlights:
So this is officially the end of Day 3. No play was possible before Lunch. Seems like England won the afternoon session. But Australia have made a significant impact in the evening session. Bairstow and Stokes - no question about their calibre - will head out to bat for England on Day 4 with the primary target probably to first overhaul the follow-on score.
Bad light stops play
The light meter comes out and it is as was being feared. Bad light stops play for the day. Stokes and Bairstow walk off the field, in apparent delight, with England's score 200/5. They still trail Australia by 297 runs. They need to get 98 more runs to avoid the follow-on. Paine and Smith did not look too happy with the umpires calling the day's play to a close though. They think the conditions are more than perfect for a bit of a bowl.
Roy's horror series continues. Hazlewood the bowler with the wicket again. His 4th wicket! Ball crashes through the gap between bat and pad and crashes into the stups. Bairstow comes on. There seems to be a concern at the moment about the amount of light.
Two quick wickets by Hazlewood
First Burns is sent back by Hazlewood after an outside edge finds its way to Smith at slips. Then Root follows, one over later. After a big partnership between Root and Burns, both men have gone in quick succession. Roy and Stokes the new men in.
Still no way past this pair
Root has taken some body blows today but he has just not wilted. With clouds looming, it is a question now how many overs are to be played today. Root and Burns, both having reached their 50s now, will be wanting for as few overs as possible to be added. ENG 159/2, trail by 338 runs.
50 for Root
Root celebrates his 50 by smashing two fours in the next over. Cummins the man on the wrong side of those shots. Burns then hits Lyon for a four in the next over. Root and Burns are simply growing bigger and more assured of themselves as the day is progressing.
That's the end of the second session. Burns (62*) and Root (47*) take England to the interval. These two have added 100 runs to the score. England's score was 25/2 when these two came together earlier today, a position from where the match could easily have slipped out of their hands completely. Has to be said that Australia were not on the money with their lines and lengths though today. Maybe they were guilty of trying too many things, maybe Root and Burns had decided they would absolutely not buckle under pressure today - whatever the case, England have shaded this session and got themselves back into the contest. ENG 125/2, trail AUS by 372 runs.
Mexican wave at Old Trafford
The Old Trafford crowd is raising the Mexican waves now, such is the confidence which the home crowd has taken from this stand between Burns and Root. Burns has brought up his 50. Root is approaching his. Has to be said, after that Overton wicket in the 2nd over of the day, not much has gone Australia's way today. And as if on cue, Starc hits Root with a painful blow. Root is doubled over in pain. He takes a while to recover. ENG 109/2, trail by 388 runs.
We're past the halfway mark in the second session. Australia have taken their feet off the gas at the moment it seems. Burns and Root currently wafting along in their innings. England still trail by 425 runs, but this partnership is already worth 47 runs.
Change in bowling
Cummins and Lyon are now bowling from either end. Root and Burns have given nothing away to the Australians today. The confidence shown by Burns in particular is a great sign for the home team. He is offering confident defensive strokes, ducking flawlessly when the ball is coming at him, but also capitalizing on the rare loose ball. ENG 49/2, trail by 448 runs.
Burns and Root go strong
After that wicket of Overton in the second over of the day, England have done well to dig themselves in. Burns creams Starc on the off side with a driven four. Root got a boundary in the last over. These two batsmen are looking good. They just need to ensure they stay out there. At this stage, with a massive deficit staring at them, it is vital that they play out time to get into a safe position, before they can think of a win.
First wicket of day
Hazlewood strikes in his first over! Overton, the nightwatchman, has a very short stay today. He pokes at a short and wide ball and Steve Smith pouches the catch in the slips. Joe Root comes out to join Burns. ENG 25/2
Day 3 begins finally. Rory Burns and Craig Overton walk out to resume the England innings. The home team need to make sure they do not get pegged back today. A couple of quick wickets and they could soon find themselves under the cosh. Starc makes an lbw appeal in the first over of the day. ENG trail by 474 runs.
There's a bit of a positive report from Manchester. Play will begin in 20 more minutes. 78 overs to be played today, with a provision for half an hour of extra play being allowed today because of the delayed start.
Ashes fandom is a different level
With no play being possible so far, here is a look at a 12-year-old fan of the Australian cricket team who saved up money for four years by lifting garbage cans so that he could watch the ongoing Ashes series in England - 12-year old Aussie fan carried garbage bins for 4 years to get to Ashes in England
The Lunch break is taken early, with no play having been possible so far. An inspection by the umpires will determine if play can happen on Session 2. We shall know in another 40 minutes or so.
Delayed start on Day 3
England will not have too many complaints about this. Rain has delayed the start of proceedings today. The covers have been peeled off the pitch and the outfield but there look to be quite a few wet spots on the ground. We are unlikely to see any cricket before Lunch.