Highlights, England vs Australia, ENG vs AUS 4th Ashes Test, Day 4: Smith, Cummins put Australia in command

STUMPS: England are 18/2 at stumps on Day four. What a day for Australia! Looking at how things stand at the moment, you would probably say the Aussies will retain the Ashes on Day 5! They have 98 overs on Sunday and all they need to bowl is 8 wicket-taking deliveries.

Fiery stuff from Archer: BOWLED HIM! Travis Head’s middle stump is out of the ground; it was that quick from Jofra Archer. Australia are 4 down for 44.

Archer off the mark: After going wicketless in the first session, Jofra Archer’s wait for a wicket ends early into Australia’s second dig. Pitches and comes back in and Labuschagne is given OUT LBW. Takes the review and once there was nothing on the snicko, it looked dead. Australia’s top order rocked at 24/3 and more importantly, they’ve lost both their reviews.

Broad removes openers: Well, after David Warner, this time it’s Marnus Labuschagne, who is out LBW to Broad. Goes for the review but unfortunately it’s three reds for Australia. Broad on fire. Australia 16/2.

0, 0, 0: That’s three DUCKS in a row for David Warner, once again falling to Stuart Broad, who by the way has got him out SIX times now in the series. His nightmarish Ashes 2019 continues. An inswinger, rapping Warner on the pads. It’s as plumb as it gets. Australia have lost a wicket without a score on the board yet.

England ALL OUT: Pat Cummins picks up the final wicket as England are bowled out for 301 in their first innings, behind by 196 runs. Pat Cummins with the final wicket as he knocks over Jos Buttler. It’s been Australia’s day so far but England would be happy to ensure that Australia bat again since they’ve avoided the follow-on through their last-wicket pair.

England avoid follow-on: A boundary down the ground from Jos Buttler and with that England have avoided the follow-on. It also brings up England’s 300. They still trail by 196 runs though

WICKET: TIMBERRR! Mitchell Starc is menacing against the tail and here he is proving it again as he cleans up Stuart Broad. England 283/9, still 15 away from avoiding the follow on

LUNCH: End of the morning session on Day 4 and safe to say, it’s been Australia’s session so far. 78 runs and three wickets. More importantly, three big wickets. England head into the interval 278/8, trailing by 219 runs and very close to avoiding the follow-on. Starc and Cummins have done the damage for England with the second new ball.

WICKET: Poor shot from Jofra Archer as he nicks Pat Cummins to Tim Paine and has to perish. Good length ball outside off and Archer pokes at it. Definitely leave-able. Australia have hit jackpot with the second new ball on Saturday. It’s resulted in three wickets for 56 runs. England 256/8, trail Australia by 241 runs and need another 42 to avoid the follow-on.

WICKET: That’s another one for Starc. He’s been brilliant with the second new ball. Edged and taken by Smith at second slip. Pitched up and moved away late, and Stokes edged it behind. Australia would be relieved with that big wicket of Stokes. He goes for 26 off 62. England 243/7

WICKET: Mitchell Starc gets Jonny Bairstow for 17. The second new ball has done the trick for Australia. The ball comes back in and swings between the bat and pad of Bairstow and disturbs the woodwork. Timely strike for Australia. Stokes and Bairstow were just getting their eyes in. England lose their sixth wicket for 228.

New ball taken: Australia have wasted no time in taking the second new ball. Josh Hazlewood and Mitchell Starc have their tails up. England hope for resistance from Ben Stokes and Jonny Bairstow, who have so far batted patiently to add 27 off 60 balls.

Josh Hazlewood strengthened Australia‘s grip on the fourth Test at Old Trafford with a trio of England wickets late on Friday’s third day.

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England were 200/5 when bad light ended play shortly before the scheduled close, still 297 behind Australia’s imposing 497-8 declared built on star batsman Steve Smith’s commanding double century. Fast bowler Hazlewood had so far taken 4/48 in 20 overs, with England needing a further 98 runs just to avoid the follow-on.

Ben Stokes, whose unbeaten century took England to a stunning one-wicket win in the third Test at Headingley, was seven not out and Jonny Bairstow two not out.

England were making steady progress during a third-wicket partnership of 141 between Rory Burns (81) and captain Joe Root (71). But Hazlewood removed both well-set batsmen before clean-bowling Jason Roy. Victory in this match would see holders Australia retain the Ashes at 2-1 up with one to play in a five-Test series.

Below are the details of how you can watch and follow the contest live

What: Ashes, 4th Test, Day 4

When: Saturday, September 7, 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 and 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 (wk), Rory Burns, Sam Curran, Joe Denly, Jack Leach, Craig Overton, Jason Roy, Ben Stokes, Chris Woakes.