Fourth ash test: Australia recovers after England's first advances

MANCHESTER: Australia recovered from another failure of its first pair when they reached 98-2 at lunch on the first day of the fourth Ash Test at Old Trafford on Wednesday.

The series is tied at 1-1 with two remaining Tests and the victory for tourists would ensure that they retain the ballot box.

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England hoped to take the momentum of his remarkable return in Headingley to the contest on a slightly cold and cloudy morning and his followers stood with only the fourth ball of the day.

Stuart broad he claimed the wicket of David Warner for the fifth time in this series with the left-handed trapped while making a late decision to leave the ball but allowed a thin outer edge to Jonny Bairstow .

Australia was 28-2 when Broad hit Marcus Harris's pads and, after some consideration, referee Kumar Dharmasena He raised his finger and his verdict was confirmed by the video review.

The Australian starters have averaged 15.14 so far, not since 1888 the two best in Australia have contributed less during a series of ashes.

Harris's departure brought the return Steve Smith until the fold after only 38 minutes of play, the world's number one hitter who lost the previous test due to a concussion as a result of a gorilla Jofra Archer .

To the delight of the crowd, Archer had the ball in his hand and took only three deliveries to try another gorilla.

But with England feeling the opportunity to eat in the middle Australian order before lunch, Smith and Marnus Labuschagne It quickly established itself and began to increase the speed of execution before the interval.

Labuschagne, who kept his place after replacing Smith in Leeds, seemed confident as he progressed to 49 of 82 deliveries, reaching eight quarters.

Ominously for England, Smith, who has two centuries and a 92 to his name in the series, seemed in a good mood while he turned 28.

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