Stuart Broad struck double as Australia reached at Old Trafford after electing to 34, and Jofra Archer and Steve Smith resumed their competition.
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England – tied with Australia at 1-1 in the series after Ben Stokes’ heroics at Headingley 10 days ago – picked up a wicket in the fourth ball of the game, when Broad ignored David Warner (0).
Warner snicked behind attempting to leave because he dropped for the fifth time in seven innings to Broad the show; the batsman recording also his duck in a row along with his sixth score of their Ashes.
Broad after made Warner’s introduction partner, Marcus Harris (13), his next victim of the morning after trapping the left-hander lbw – umpire Kumar Dharmasena’s on-field conclusion maintained when Harris’ review showed the ball would have cut the very top of the stumps.
Harris’ exit brought Smith into the crease, with all the batsman having sat out the Headingley Test with a concussion he suffered when he had been hit at Lord’s on the neck by an Archer delivery at the next game of this series.
Archer relished his duel with Smith (28no) continuing, cranking up his pace into the 30-year-old after working in the low eighties before in his own spell.
Stokes, though, came closest to forcing the next breakthrough, only for Marnus Labuschagne (49no) to survive a review with a hooping in-swinger just place to brush his leg stump.
Labuschagne, encouraged with Usman Khawaja also edged spinner Jack Leach of Stokes before Leach’s Somerset team-mate, Craig Overton, obtained his very first bowl in a home Test.
Smith would have run out in the non-striker’s ending had his boot towards the stumps following the back push of Labuschagne since Australia remained only two wickets down, but all that happened was a chunk change after the impact from the shoe of the seamer.
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