Stuart Broad struck two and Jofra Archer and Steve Smith resumed their rivalry as Australia reached at Old Trafford.
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England – tied with Australia at 1-1 in the series following Ben Stokes’ heroics at Headingley 10 days back – picked up a wicket in the fourth ball of the match, when Broad disregarded David Warner (0).
Warner snicked supporting attempting to depart because he dropped to the fifth time in seven innings to Broad the show; the batsman also recording also his duck in a row and his first time score of their Ashes.
Broad after made Warner’s introduction partner, Marcus Harris (13), his next victim of this morning after trapping the left-hander lbw – umpire Kumar Dharmasena’s on-field conclusion asserted when Harris’ review showed the ball would have clipped the top of the stumps.
Harris’ exit brought Smith into the crease, with the Headingley Test with a concussion having sat out he suffered when he had been hit in the next game of this sequence at Lord’s on the neck with the Archer delivery.
Archer relished his duel using Smith (28no) continuing, cranking up his pace to the 30-year-old after working from the low eighties earlier in his own spell.
Stokes, though, came closest to forcing another breakthrough, just for Marnus Labuschagne (49no) to endure a review using a hooping in-swinger just place to brush his leg stump.
Labuschagne, promoted to # 3 with Usman Khawaja also edged spinner Jack Leach of Stokes until Leach’s Somerset team-mate, Craig Overton, obtained his first bowl for England at a house Test.
Smith could have run out at the non-striker’s end had his boot towards the stumps after the straight drive been on target of Labuschagne as Australia remained only two wickets down but was a chunk shift following the impact from the shoe of the seamer.
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