Stuart Broad struck double and Jofra Archer and Steve Smith declared their competition as Australia reached 98-2 at lunch on day one of their fourth Ashes Test at Old Trafford after opting to bat.
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England – tied with Australia at 1-1 in the show following Ben Stokes’ heroics in Headingley 10 days past – picked up a wicket in the fourth ball of the match, when Broad dismissed David Warner (0).
Warner snicked supporting trying to depart because he dropped to Broad that show; the batsman also recording his sixth single-figure score of the Ashes along with also his duck in a row.
Broad after made Warner’s introduction partner, Marcus Harris (13), his second victim of this morning following trapping the left-hander lbw – umpire Kumar Dharmasena’s on-field conclusion asserted when Harris’ examination showed the ball could have cut the very top of the stumps.
Harris’ exit brought Smith with all the batsman having sat out the Headingley Test with a concussion he suffered when he was hit in the second match of the set at Lord’s on the neck by an Archer delivery.
Archer relished his duel using Smith (28no) ongoing, cranking up his pace into the 30-year-old after working in the low eighties earlier in his bout.
Stokes, however, came forcing another breakthrough, just for Marnus Labuschagne (49no) to survive a review using a hooping in-swinger only set to brush his leg stump.
Labuschagne, promoted with Usman Khawaja also edged spinner Jack Leach wide of Stokes before Leach’s Somerset team-mate got his bowl for England at a home Test.
Smith could have run out at the non-striker’s ending had his boot towards the stumps after Labuschagne drive been on goal since Australia remained just two wickets down but was a chunk shift following the effect from the shoe of the seamer.
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