Ashes 2019: Rain delays start of day three of fourth Test at Old Trafford

Rain delayed the beginning of day three and abandoned Australia waiting in their own efforts to push an Ashes-retaining success.
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England – who has to avoid defeat in order to keep their hopes of regaining the urn living – closed day on 23-1, a colossal 474 runs behind Australia’s Steve Smith-inspired 497-8 declared.
Joe Denly (4), having swapped places at the arrangement by Jason Roy, has been blown off by means of a super short-leg catch from Matthew Wade off Pat Cummins, leaving Rory Burns (15no) and nightwatchman Craig Overton (3no) in the crease following the first 10 overs of England’s innings.
The prediction is brighter for Friday day and the weekend, meaning Australia will enhance their chances of preserving their grip on the Ashes was scuppered by Ben Stokes’s heroics in Headingley in the third Test as England chased down 359 to level the series at 1-1.
England wicketkeeper-batsman Jonny Bairstow has backed his side to dig in with the bat, as they did in Leeds time around having been steamrolled in their first innings.
“There’s three innings still to go at the match, three times of cricket abandoned,” stated the 29-year-old, who’s due to bat at Number 6.
“If we can go out and apply , set out our stall for a long time period just like we did at Headingley, there’s no reason why [we now cannot get back in the Evaluation ].”
Smith’s next Ashes double century – along with next bunch in four innings in the show – underpinned the total of Australia .
Smith has notched 589 runs from the series, at a mean of all 147.25 and with a cheapest score 92, together with his overall batting average in Test cricket currently standing at 64.64 after his 26th hundred in the format.
However, the batsman says England frequently filming brief assisted in his most recent score him.
“I have faced a lot of short-pitched bowling in my life and have not had too many issues with it,” said Smith, who suffered his concussion when he had been struck on the throat with a Jofra Archer bouncer at the next Test at Lord’s.
“I mentioned it before the match – bowling there means that they can’t hit me to the pad or nick me off. Their ball softens .
“It played into our hands, I believe, and enabled that ball to acquire soft pretty fast and for us to score enormous first-innings runs.”
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