It was a freezing cold and frustrating day of the fourth Ashes Test at Old Trafford, one which found Steve Smith oversaw the hosts .
Smith struck (60no) an eighth half-century in a row against England since the tourists closed a rain-affected day on 170-3. Smith and Marnus Labuschagne (67no) shared within a century stand for the third wicket, and the pair now average a staggering 102.57 joint for the series, with the rest of Australia’s XI functioning at a lowly 18.51.
On the most recent Ashes Debate which you can hear either above or by downloading , former England assistant coach Paul Farbace combines Bob Willis and sponsor Charles Colvile to discuss the persistent”thorn in England’s side” Smith, the”disappointing” Jofra Archer along with also the”superb” Stuart Broad.
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Additionally on the latest Ashes Debate podcast…
– The horrendous playing terms on difficult and day one does that create bowlers it?
– The”damp squib” second action to the Archer vs Smith battle – why didn’t Joe Root bowl him more?
– what’s the reason behind Archer’s drop off at pace over the set?
– Craig Overton’s choice over Chris and Sam Curran Woakes and was it the right call?
– the continued victory against David Warner, choosing him up five times from the series of Stuart Broad.
Watch two of the fourth Ashes Test between Australia and England, in Old Trafford, live from 10am on Thursday on Sky Sports The Ashes.
You might also follow over-by-over comment and in-play clips on our rolling website on and the Sky Sports program.

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