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  • 11:54 PM IST

  • 11:54 PM IST

    THAT WILL BE STUMPS ON DAY 2! Hazlewood finishes with a maiden over, England 23/1 trail Australia by 474 runs

  • 11:35 PM IST

    WICKET! Pat Cummins gets the first wicket, it’s the wicket Australia were waiting for, Joe Denly departs for 4, England 20/1

  • 11:13 PM IST

    3 overs into England’s first innings, 1/0 (Joe Denly 1, Joe Burns 0)

  • 10:55 PM IST

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  • 10:52 PM IST

    THAT’S ENOUGH, SAYS TIM PAINE! Australia have declared at 497/8 (Steve Smith 211, Paine 58, Starc 54; Stuart Broad 3/97)

  • 10:40 PM IST

    FIFTY for Mitchell Starc, his tenth Test half-century. Australia 481/8

  • 10:24 PM IST

    Drinks on the field now! Absolute carnage in the last few minutes, the assault led by Mitchell Starc, who has scored a run-a-ball 40. The morale is breaking now for England. Australia 463/8.

  • 10:15 PM IST

    Nathan Lyon has joined Starc in the middle. Australia 439/8

  • 10:13 PM IST

  • 10:12 PM IST

    WICKET! So, finally Steve Smith can get dismissed, and it’s the England captain Joe Root who has take the wicket, super innings from Smith, he walks back for a sensational 211

  • 10:08 PM IST

    Now, Mitchell Starc in the mood! Smashes Broad not for a hat-trick, but four consecutive boundaries, he moves on to 24, while his partner, Smith at the other end is on 206, Australia 432/7

  • 10:05 PM IST

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  • 9:59 PM IST
    Few reactions

  • 9:58 PM IST

    THERE’S IT! Steve Smith brings up a superb double hundred, his third in Tests and third against England, Australia 409/7

  • 9:53 PM IST
    Steve Smith brings up Australia’s 400 with a six and he’s closing in on his double ton.
  • 9:32 PM IST

    STEVE SMITH HAS REACHED 190! Australia 391/7

  • 9:23 PM IST

    GONE! Jack Leach gets his second as Pat Cummins edges it to Stokes for 4, Australia 387/7 (Steve Smith 186)

  • 9:03 PM IST

    Welcome back to the last session of the day on Day 2. Steve Smith is 27 runs away from another double hundred.

  • 8:46 PM IST
    Tough contest!

  • 8:46 PM IST

    TEA at Manchester! Australia have got a firm grip on this Test, 369/5 (Steve Smith 173, Tim Paine 58)

  • 8:36 PM IST

    Paine finishes off that Archer over with a boundary, 7 runs from it, Australia 362/5 (Steve Smith 168, Tim Paine 56)

  • 8:29 PM IST

    FIFTY for the Australia captain Tim Paine, his first Ashes half-century, 355/5 (Steve Smith past 167*), England looking clueless

  • 8:16 PM IST

    Ben Stokes is back on the field, huge relief for England fans.

  • 8:16 PM IST

  • 8:15 PM IST

    Meanwhile, here’s an injury update: Ben Stokes has some right-shoulder soreness but will be returning the field soon

  • 8:07 PM IST

    PAINE SURVIVES AGAIN! He pulls Archer straight to midwicket and substitute fielder Curran puts it down.

  • 8:05 PM IST

    Smith just won’t stop! Another milestone in his kitty, brings up his 150-up, Australia 338/5

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Hello and welcome to our live coverage of Day 2 of the 4th Ashes Test between England and Australia at Manchester on Thursday

England vs Australia, Day 1 recap

Australia star Steve Smith looked like he had never been away as he marked his first Test since suffering concussion with a fourth fifty in as many innings against England this Ashes 2019 series at Old Trafford on Wednesday.

Smith, a shining light for the tourists on a dull day in Manchester, was 60 not out in an Australia total of 170-3 at stumps on the rain-marred first day of the fourth Test where only 44 overs of a scheduled 90 were bowled.

This was Smith’s eighth successive Test fifty against England – a run that started during Australia’s 4-0 home series win in 2017/18 – with the 30-year-old extending his own Ashes record.


The star batsman had come in with Australia struggling at 28/2 after an early double strike by Stuart Broad, who had 2/35 from 10 overs at the close.

But together with Marnus Labuschagne, whose 67 was his fourth successive Test fifty since replacing Smith as a concussion substitute, the former Australia captain added 116 in 33 overs for the third wicket.

Smith missed England’s dramatic one-wicket win in the third Test at Headingley that levelled this five-match series at 1-1 after being felled by a bouncer from paceman Jofra Archer during the drawn second Test at Lord’s.

Tim Paine, Smith’s successor as Australia captain, took the decision to bat first after winning the toss, even though both top orders have struggled this series.

But just four balls into the innings Broad, again leading England’s attack in the absence of regular new-ball partner James Anderson, had David Warner caught behind for nought as he tried to withdraw his bat. It was the fifth time Broad had snared Warner this series.

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Marcus Harris had kept his place alongside Warner after Australia dropped the struggling Usman Khawaja but the left-hander fell for 13 when Broad trapped him lbw from around the wicket with a ball that nipped back.

Harris’s exit brought Smith to the crease for his first Test innings since Lord’s, where he made 92 despite being struck by Archer.

Smith, who had scored 144 and 142 in Australia’s 251-run win in the series opener at Edgbaston – his first Test since a 12-month ball-tampering ban – got off the mark fifth ball by expertly driving Archer through extra-cover for four.

Allrounder Ben Stokes – whose 135 not out at Headingley saw England to an improbable win – cut one back sharply to Labuschagne but a review of Marais Erasmus’s not out lbw decision was umpire’s call.

Australia were 98/2 at lunch, with rain then stopping play for more than two hours before Labuschagne completed an 88-ball fifty.

Smith then played one of the shots of an increasingly windy day, with the bails being repeatedly blown from the top of the stumps, when he drove Broad down the ground for four.

Smith reached his fifty with his seventh four in 81 balls when he ended up on his knees following an extravagant cover-drive off Stokes.

Labuschagne, however, was eventually bowled by a nip-back ball from seamer Craig Overton, the only change to England’s side, having faced 128 balls including 10 fours.

Travis Head survived several close calls, including a Stokes review for lbw, to reach a rescheduled tea on 18 not out and further rain during the interval ended play for the day.

Brief scores: Australia 170/3 (Steve Smith 60*, Marnus Labuschagne 67; Stuart Broad 2/35) versus England