Before a Rack was broken by Craig Overton before tea on a weather-affected opening day of the fourth Ashes Test at Old 31, England Defeated with fifties
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Smith (60no) and Labuschagne (67) obtained Australia from 28-2 into 144-2, only for remembered seamer Overton – playing his first home Test – to take that the latter 15 minutes before the break with a rescue which cut off stump.
Smith picked up where he left before he missed the third Test adding yet another half-century to his scores of 92 and 144, 142, while Labuschagne notched his fourth Ashes fifty in a row.
Australia were 170-3 at the interval, if a chunk out of Ben Stokes that knocked him was demonstrated to have pitched outside leg stump Travis Head unbeaten on 18 with survived an lbw inspection.
Broad had ignored David Warner (0) for the fifth time at the series, as well as his second consecutive duck, and also his opening partner Marcus Harris (13) since England snaffled two early wickets after losing the toss.
Rain prevented any play between 4pm and lunch and caused the following five-minute delay from the afternoon, with gusty conditions forcing the umpires call for more heavy ones and then to briefly remove the bails.
Australia may keep the Ashes with victory, with spurned the chance to do this at Headingley 10 weeks ago when England inspired to a series-saving, one-wicket triumph.
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