England are currently Fighting to Prevent the Followup after Mitchell Starc Disregarded Ben Stokes and Jonny Bairstow on the morning at Old Trafford.
SCORECARD | AS IT HAPPENED
The left-arm quick produced a great spell using the second new ball to hammer house Australia’s advantage in the fourth Ashes Test and depart England 278-8 at lunch, trailing by 219 and needing another 20 to ensure they are not asked to return out to bat at the conclusion of their first innings.
Jos Buttler (26no) stays though and surely retains the key as the hosts strive to make the first-innings shortage as small as possible and increase their opportunities clinging to get a draw to maintain their odds of regaining the urn living.
Bairstow and stokes made it into the ball at the start of the day during both overs and it was something of a surprise which Starc took it following a nice burst that was three-over from Pat Cummins with the older ball.
But, Starc reimbursed his captain’s religion, creating the breakthrough and immediately finding a better rhythm than he managed on day three. The shot in Bairstow was a bad one but the shipping from Starc was a beauty; fast, full and glancing back in the right-hander to hit middle stump.
Four overs later his watchful knock ended since Starc hit the lineup a fraction off stump and discovered the border with Steve Smith available to gobble up the chance at second slip.
Himself practically ran out ambling through before realising the fielder had the ball and shied in the stumps. His dismissal soon after was similarly helpless – petty off and nicking off Cummins – and his reaction indicated it was known by him.
That was the cause for Buttler to move through the gears, hitting Nathan Lyon for a pair of bounds in the next over, and afterwards he and Stuart Broad (2no) battled through the period, England would be expecting the World Cup winner will drag them up to 300 and beyond in the day session.
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