England vs Australia 4th Test Day 1 Highlights, Ashes 2019: Steve Smith, Marnus Labuschagne Help Australia Reach 170/3 On Rain-Hit Day

Updated:04 September 2019 23:13 IST

ENG vs AUS 4th Test Day 1 Highlights, Ashes 2019: Steve Smith batted through Day 1 of the fourth Test.

England vs Australia 4th Test Day 1 Highlights, Ashes 2019: Steve Smith, Marnus Labuschagne Help Australia Reach 170/3 On Rain-Hit Day
England vs Australia Highlights: Steve Smith scored his 26th Test half-century. © AFP

Australia star Steve Smith looked like he had never been away as he marked his first Test since suffering concussion with a fourth fifty in as many innings against England this Ashes series at Old Trafford on Wednesday. Smith, a shining light for the tourists on a dull day in Manchester, was 60 not out in an Australia total of 170/3 at stumps on the rain-marred first day of the fourth Test where only 44 overs of a scheduled 90 were bowled. This was Smith's eighth succesive Test fifty against England -- a run that started during Australia's 4-0 home series win in 2017/18 -- with the 30-year-old extending his own Ashes record. The star batsman had come in with Australia struggling at 28/2 after an early double strike by Stuart Broad, who had 2/35 from 10 overs at the close. But together with Marnus Labuschagne, whose 67 was his fourth successive Test fifty since replacing Smith as a concussion substitute, the former Australia captain added 116 in 33 overs for the third wicket. (SCORECARD)

Ashes 2019 4th Test Day 1 Match, Highlights Between England vs Australia, Straight from Old Trafford, Manchester

  • 22:47 (IST)Sep 04, 2019

    Goodbye, enjoy the highlights!

    We leave you with all the highlights from the Day 1 of the fourth Ashes Test. Until tomorrow, it's goodbye! 
  • 22:43 (IST)Sep 04, 2019

    Play abandoned!

    Play has been called off on Day 1 with Australia at 170/3 at stumps. A rain-marred day comes to an end with Australia dominating the opening day. England will have to come back stronger on Day 2 and find early wickets from here on. 
  • 22:05 (IST)Sep 04, 2019

    Umpires call for Tea!

    Steve Smith has stood firm for Australia, troubling the England bowlers. Travis Head is playing a perfect second fiddle to him. Australia 170/3 in 44 overs at Tea on Day 1. 
  • 22:02 (IST)Sep 04, 2019

    Boundary!

    Wrong line from Craig Overton, was drifting on to the pads, Travis Head just guides it behind backward point to pick four runs. 
  • 21:58 (IST)Sep 04, 2019

    Huge appeal... turned down... Not Out!

    Ben Stokes fires in a yorker and Travis Head had no answer for that but luckily the ball pitched outside leg.
  • 21:55 (IST)Sep 04, 2019

    Three runs!

    Craig Overton pitches the ball into the stumps, Steve Smith shuffles across and works it gently towards square leg and comes back for three runs as the fielder manages to stop it from  racing away to the fence. 
  • 21:55 (IST)Sep 04, 2019

    Three runs!

    Craig Overton pitches the ball into the stumps, Steve Smith shuffles across and works it gently towards square leg and comes back for three runs as the fielder manages to stop it from  racing away to the fence. 
  • 21:48 (IST)Sep 04, 2019

    Bails continue to fall!

    The problem with the bails continues as even the heavier ones are falling off.
  • 21:47 (IST)Sep 04, 2019

    Four!

    Travis Head opens his account with a boundary. Overton gifted him one the leg stump and he flicked it off the pads to collect a boundary towards the fine leg fence. 
  • 21:42 (IST)Sep 04, 2019

    Overton gets the breakthorugh... Labuschagne departs!

    Craig Overton beats Marnus Labuschagne with his pace and bounce. Labuschagne plays the wrong line and the ball rattles his stumps. Once again he fails to convert his start into a big one and departs for 67. 
  • 21:38 (IST)Sep 04, 2019

    50 for fifty!

    Steve Smith completes his 26th Ashes fifty. He has played six innings in this series and scored six half-century. He brought that up with an awkward-looking shot which raced away to the fence.
  • 21:36 (IST)Sep 04, 2019

    Four!

    Marnus Labuschagne ends Craig Overton's over with a boundary. Overton offered Labuschagne width and he smashed that off the backfoot for a four. 
  • 21:35 (IST)Sep 04, 2019

    Another solid LBW appeal! Not Out!

    Craig Overton once again gets the ball to wrap on Marnus Labuschagne' pads above knee roll. Overton knows that and conveys the same to skipper Joe Root.
  • 21:31 (IST)Sep 04, 2019

    Umpires replace old bails!

    The new set of bails have arrived and the older ones (the lighter ones) are being replaced by the on-field umpires.
  • 21:27 (IST)Sep 04, 2019

    Huge LBW appeal! Not out

    Steve Smith offers no shot and Craig Overton and others go straight up appealing for leg before but umpire Marais Erasmus doesn't buy their thought. Overton also knows it was not out hence shakes his head to stop Root from wasting a DRS.
  • 21:24 (IST)Sep 04, 2019

    Four! 100 partnership for Smith-Labuschagne!

    Outside edge from Marnus Labuschagne races away to the third man fence and with that the partnership between the duo has gone up to 100 runs. 
  • 21:20 (IST)Sep 04, 2019

    Archer back to short-pitch stuff!

    Jofra Archer is back to his short-ball tactics which reaped him rewards in abundance in the last two Test matches. 
  • 21:14 (IST)Sep 04, 2019

    First change after lunch!

    Craig Overton charges into bowl as a first change bowler after lunch and rain interruption. Meanwhile, the umpires have put back the bails on. With that we are back to normal playing conditions. 
  • 21:06 (IST)Sep 04, 2019

    Play resumes without bails!

    The umpires have removed the bails due to excessive wind.  
  • 20:59 (IST)Sep 04, 2019

    Four!

    Jofra Archer offers too much width outside off and Steve Smith cuts it hard behind backward point for a cracking boundary.
  • 20:56 (IST)Sep 04, 2019

    Four legbyes!

    Stuart Broad drifts on the pads and Marnus Labuschagne tries to flick it but fails, ball hits the thigh pad and races away to the fine leg fence. Broad made a huge leg before shout but Erasmus rejected the appeal straightway. The replay also concurs his decision as it shows the ball would have missed the stumps. 
  • 20:52 (IST)Sep 04, 2019

    Four!

    Steve Smith welcomes Stuart Broad with a gorgeous boundary straight down the ground.  
  • 20:46 (IST)Sep 04, 2019

    Rain has stopped!

    Looks like the rain unlike last time didn't last for long and has stopped completely. The play will resume very soon, we reckon. England players are walking to the middle. 
  • 20:43 (IST)Sep 04, 2019

    Rain is back!

    It has started to rain once again and the players are walking off. The groundstaff is rushing with hover cover to protect the pitch. 
  • 20:39 (IST)Sep 04, 2019

    50 for Labuschagne!

    Marnus Labuschagne brings up his fourth consecutive fifty of the series. What a revelation he has been for Australia! This is his fifth Test half-century. 
  • 20:36 (IST)Sep 04, 2019

    Broad to continue for England!

    Stuart Broad will share the bowling responsibility for England from the other end.
  • 20:32 (IST)Sep 04, 2019

    Jofra Archer to start!

    England start the play after rain interruption with Jofra Archer. Steve Smith is on strike. 
  • 20:29 (IST)Sep 04, 2019

    Updated schedule!

    Tea will be taken at 10:00 pm IST while the last session is scheduled to end at 11:30 pm IST which can be extended by half an hour.

  • 20:13 (IST)Sep 04, 2019

    Play to start at 8:30 pm IST

    Great news... If it doesn't rain from here on the game will start at 8:30 PM IST. 
  • 20:06 (IST)Sep 04, 2019

    Groundsmen are pulling covers off!

    Covers are being removed. 
  • 19:53 (IST)Sep 04, 2019

    The rain is back once again!

    Every time we get some real hopes of the resumption of the play, rain starts to pour again.  
  • 19:45 (IST)Sep 04, 2019

    Sun is out...

    After a long delay, Sun is out at Old Trafford and the groundsmen are working at full pace to better the ground conditions.
  • 19:10 (IST)Sep 04, 2019

    Covers are back on!

    The covers are back on, meaning we are up for a longer wait time. Looks like this will how this day's play will pan out. The weather forecast predicts not one but several rain interruptions. 
  • 18:53 (IST)Sep 04, 2019

    Covers are coming off!

    Another good news coming in from Manchester is that the groundsmen are pulling off the covers. 
  • 18:47 (IST)Sep 04, 2019

    Good news! Rain has stopped

    Good news for all the fans , it has stopped raining in Manchester. 
  • 18:47 (IST)Sep 04, 2019

    Good news! Rain has stopped

    Good news for all the fans , it has stopped raining in Manchester. 
  • 18:12 (IST)Sep 04, 2019

    It's raining in Manchester!

    Lunch is over but the weather condition in Manchester doesn't look impressive. The pitch as well as square wicket are under covers as it is raining at Old Trafford, not very heavy but enough to halt the play and keep us waiting.
  • 17:34 (IST)Sep 04, 2019

    Lunch Day 1!

    Australia did well to recover from the two early blows to reach 98/2 at lunch on Day 1. Marnus Labuschagne and Steve Smith played with real positive intent and scored runs freely. Apart from Stuart Broad not other English bowler could trouble the Aussie batsmen. 
  • 17:31 (IST)Sep 04, 2019

    Four!

    Another good shot from Marnus Labuschagne earns him another boundary. Overton bowled a half-volley and Labuschagne opens the face of the bat at the last moment to breach the gap between gully and backward point. 
  • 17:23 (IST)Sep 04, 2019

    Four!

    Exquisite cover drive from Marnus Labuschagne earns him four runs. Overton pitched the ball wide outside off stump which allowed Labuschagne to free his arms.
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