4th Ashes Test Day 1: Play Underway Again as England Look to Dismantle Partnership

20:52

END OF PLAY - JOIN US TOMORROW FOR THE LIVE COVERAGE OF DAY 2

No more play today, hope for better weather tomorrow.

Match Summary

Australia 170 - 3 wickets (44 overs) - (Marnus Labuschagne 67, Steven Smith 63*; Stuart Broad 2- 35)

England – still to bat

At the Close - Australia are 170 for 3

Scorecard

19:03

18:47

18:06

RAIN DELAY

Covers are back on, play is looking unlikely.

17:35

TEA BREAK

Score Update: AUS 170-3 (44 Overs) - Steve Smith 60* Travis Head 18*

17:22

Score Update: AUS 155-3 (41 Overs) - Steve Smith 53* Travis Head 10*

17:16

Wicket - Craig Overton bowls a good length delivery to Marnus Labuschagne, out Bowled!!  A lazy attempt at covering the movement, this one nipped back in from outside off, burst through the gap and hit the top of off-stump.

Fall of Wicket144-3 (Marnus Labuschagne, 39.2 Ov) 

17:08

Half Century UP for Steve Smith 52*

17:06

Score Update: AUS 138-2  - Marnus Labuschagne 66* Steve Smith 47*

3rd wicket partnership 110 

16:54

Score Update: AUS 130-2  - Marnus Labuschagne 59* Steve Smith 46*

3rd wicket partnership 102

16:50
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Strong winds stop play at Old Trafford as bails blow off!!

16:48

Match Winner 3-Way

England

Draw

Australia

16:48

Score Update: AUS 123-2 (34 Overs) - Marnus Labuschagne 53* Steve Smith 45*

3rd wicket partnership 95

16:39

Mr Predictor says - Next Man Out - Steve Smith

16:38

Score Update: AUS 120-2 (31 Overs) - Marnus Labuschagne 51* Steve Smith 43*

3rd wicket partnership 92

16:26

Score Update: AUS 114-2 (30 Overs) - Marnus Labuschagne 51* Steve Smith 38*

16:22

BIZARRE WEATHER

Play is back underway...

16:14

RAIN DELAY

Covers going on as the rain starts up again.

AUS 102-2 (28.4 Overs) - Marnus Labuschagne 51* Steve Smith 30*

16:08

HALF CENTURY

Hugely important half century for Marnus Labuschagne and Australia, as Labuschagne and Smith put on a defiant partnership after a rough start against England.

15:59

15:58

PLAY IS UNDERWAY

Players finally head back out, reminder of the score...

AUS 98-2 (26 Overs) - Marnus Labuschagne 49* Steve Smith 28*


15:41

UPDATE

Covers are being removed, play to resume at 16:00PM.

15:40

GUESS WHO

Of course it was... ASHTON AGAR

Well done to those over on Twitter, and thank you for playing along!

15:28

GUESS WHO

Clue #1: He featured in the 2013 Ashes

Clue #2: He scored a world record 98

A few correct answers so far, remember all answers over to @Cricket_World

15:19

GUESS WHO

We are back with Guess Who as it isn't looking like any play just yet, where we give you three clues and slowly unblur an image for you to Guess Who the player is.

Can you work out the above? Answers over at @Cricket_World

Clue #1: He featured in the 2013 Ashes

14:53

Match Winner 3-Way

England

Draw

Australia

14:31

RAIN DELAY CONTINUES

View from Old Trafford currently.

14:15

WHAT IS WRITTEN ON THE ASHES URN

There are two labels on the trophy. The upper one says, "The Ashes" and the lower one reads;

"When Ivo goes back with the urn, the urn;
Studds, Steel, Read and Tylecote return, return;
The welkin will ring loud,
The great crowd will feel proud,
Seeing Barlow and Bates with the urn, the urn;
And the rest coming home with the urn."

14:07

RAIN DELAY

Clouds still overhead but rain has stopped at Old Trafford.

Rain is suppose to play a part later today as well, could this play into a Draw?

13:41

Ed Sheeran in the stands enjoying the Ashes cricket

12:58

AT LUNCH

AUS 98-2 (26 Overs) - Marnus Labuschagne 49* Steve Smith 28*

A partnership which has taken Australia from 28-2 to 98-2.
12:51

Score Update: AUS 90-2 (23 Overs) - Marnus Labuschagne 41* Steve Smith 28*

Mr Predictor says - Next Man Out - Steve Smith

12:45

AUSTRALIA PARTNERSHIP

Smith and Labuschagne are looking comfortable at the crease now, England must be thinking about Archer being introduced just before lunch, change things up and hopefully snag a wicket.

12:39

Match Winner 3-Way

England

Draw

Australia

12:33

Score Update: AUS 79-2 (19 Overs) - Marnus Labuschagne 34* Steve Smith 24*

Mr Predictor says - Next Man Out - Steve Smith

Australia's batsmen are settling into a good partnership here, recovering well. England will want to look to dismiss one before lunch ideally.

12:25

ASHES STATS

Stuart Broad is fighting for another Ashes accolade, currently on 7 five wicket hauls, slightly behind that of record holder Sydney Barnes with 12.

Could he add another this match?

12:19

Fantastic series for Stuart Broad

It's been his best home summer in terms of average (19.3) and strike rate (36.8).

12:17

Score Update: AUS 66-2 (16 Overs) - Marnus Labuschagne 29* Steve Smith 16*

Mr Predictor says - Next Man Out - Steve Smith

12:12

12:04

DRINKS BREAK

AUS 49-2 (13 Overs) - Marnus Labuschagne 20* Steve Smith 8*