Match highlights, Ashes 2019 4th Test, Day 3: England fumble after Root-Burns partnership
The 4th Ashes Test between England and Australia is being played at Old Trafford, Manchester

STUMPS: England 200/5. Two more days to go, England need another 98 runs to avoid the follow-on, the new ball will be available in another 6 overs so a result is very much possible. Australia will come out all guns blazing on Day 4, they would look to take the remaining wickets within the 98 runs and then think about what to do. England on the other hand, just have to do one thing, bat, bat and keep batting.

PARTNERSHIP: England captain Joe Root and Rory Burns are in the middle of an excellent partnership for England. They’ve batted for more than 32 overs and added 90 runs so far. Burns has brought up a fine half-century, and the England captain is confidently marching towards yet another half-century. England looking to control. For a while there, England scored 41 in 10 overs.

WICKET! Craig Overton. out, OUT! EDGED AND GONE! 50th Test wicket for Josh Hazlewood against England in Tests. The nightwatchman is out of here and early on.

UPDATE: It’s raining again in Manchester. For a while the rain had stopped and chances of some play taking place before lunch looked good. But the heavens opened up again and it is likely that the entire first session is washed out.

UPDATE: The start to Day 3 has been delayed. It’s raining in Manchester as a result of which there’s plenty of water on the ground. It will take some time to dry up.

Australia‘s Steve Smith took his run-spree this Ashes to a new level as he returned to international cricket with a superb double century on the second day of the fourth Test against England at Old Trafford on Thursday.

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What: Ashes, 4th Test, Day 3

When: Friday, September 6, 2019

Venue: Old Trafford Cricket Ground, Manchester

Time: 3:30 pm IST

On TV: Sony ESPN

Live Streaming: SONY LIV

SQUADS

Australia: Tim Paine (c, wk), Pat Cummins (vc), Marcus Harris, Josh Hazlewood, Travis Head (vc), Marnus Labuschagne, Nathan Lyon, Peter Siddle, Steven Smith, Mitchell Starc, Matthew Wade, David Warner.

England: Joe Root (c), Jofra Archer, Jonny Bairstow, Stuart Broad, Jos Buttler, Rory Burns, Sam Curran, Joe Denly, Jack Leach, Craig Overton, Jason Roy, Ben Stokes, Chris Woakes.

Day 1 Recap

Smith’s 211 was the cornerstone of Australia’s commanding 497-8 declared. England then lost Joe Denly, a makeshift opener after swapping places with the struggling Jason Roy, for four when he was brilliantly caught at the second attempt by Matthew Wade at short leg following a genuine glance off Pat Cummins.

England were 23/1 at stumps, 474 runs behind, with Rory Burns 15 not out and nightwatchman Craig Overton unbeaten on three. They now face an uphill task to deny Australia a win that would see the holders retain the Ashes at 2-1 up with one to play in a five-match series.

Smith, the world’s top-ranked Test batsman, missed England’s series-levelling one-wicket win at Headingley with a concussion suffered when struck by a Jofra Archer bouncer during the drawn second Test at Lord’s.

Even so, he has now made 589 runs this series – his first since completing a 12-month ball-tampering ban, including three hundreds, at a colossal average of 147.25. This innings followed his scores of 144 and 142 in Australia’s 251-run win in the first Test at Edgbaston, with Smith’s lowest total in four knocks this series the 92 he made at Lord’s.