Australia holds off England in the fourth Test despite a Broad strike.

Australia holds off England in the fourth Test despite a Broad strike.
Australia holds off England in the fourth Test despite a Broad strike.

Manchester, located in the United Kingdom, is the subject of this report from the Agence France-Presse (AFP). In the fourth Ashes Test, Marnus Labuschagne and Steve Smith demonstrated resilience as Stuart Broad of England approached the milestone of 600 Test wickets.

Australia’s cricket team scored 107-2 during the first session of the opening day at Old Trafford. England captain Ben Stokes elected to send Australia into bat. At lunch, Marnus Labuschagne remained unbeaten at 29, while Steve Smith contributed 33 runs.

In the morning session, Broad achieved a significant milestone in his career by dismissing Usman Khawaja, thereby increasing his total number of Test wickets to 599. The weather conditions at the start of the day indicated potential support for England’s fast bowlers.

In a crucial match where England’s victory is imperative, with a score of 2-1 and only two Tests remaining, their aspirations of reclaiming the Ashes hinge on a favorable outcome. Consequently, the team would have ideally desired more wickets during the session.

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England has a historical track record that is not in their favor. In the history of Test matches held at Old Trafford, there has been no instance where a team that won the toss and chose to bowl first emerged victorious.

Broad aimed to inflict more suffering on David Warner, as he had already taken his wicket 17 times in Test matches. This includes two instances where Warner was dismissed for a mere five runs during England’s three-wicket victory in the third Test at Headingley.

In the opening delivery of the match, Warner aggressively struck a wide delivery from Broad, resulting in a boundary.

Stuart Broad achieved a significant milestone by reaching 599 Test wickets. He accomplished this feat by dismissing Khawaja, Australia’s second opener, through a leg before wicket (lbw) decision, resulting in the tourists being reduced to a score of 15-1.

James Anderson, who holds the record for being England’s most successful Test bowler, strategically operated from the end that bears his name at his home in Lancashire. He was reinstated into the team, replacing Ollie Robinson, in the sole alteration to the host’s lineup.

Chris Woakes made a breakthrough by dismissing the second batsman, terminating a partnership of 46 runs. This occurred after a significant interruption caused by the batters’ objection to the luminosity emanating from the seats positioned behind the bowler’s arm at the Anderson End.

Having confidently scored 32 runs, Warner executed a drive towards Woakes outside the off stump, resulting in an unfortunate edge that wicketkeeper Jonny Bairstow caught.

In the subsequent delivery, Smith executed a pull shot off Woakes, resulting in a top-edge. The ball narrowly evaded Mark Wood, positioned at fine leg, and crossed the boundary, earning the batsman four runs.

Smith’s confidence grew steadily, and just before the lunch break, he skillfully hit a straight six off the off-spinner Moeen Ali.

The England cricket team has emerged victorious in 13 out of their previous 16 Test matches held at Old Trafford, with only a single defeat.


However, the defeat occurred four years ago during a match against Australia. During this match, Australian batsman Smith achieved a double century, while fast bowler Josh Hazlewood, who was brought back into the team for this particular match, secured six wickets. Ultimately, the tourists emerged victorious with a 185-run lead.

England has not achieved an Ashes victory at the Manchester ground since Ian Botham’s notable century in 1981.

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