Australia close day four of the third Ashes Test on 172-7 with a lead of 331 runs, as bad light stops play at Old Trafford.
showed resilience on day four of the third Ashes Test to take seven Australian wickets before England bad light stopped play. closed day four on 172-7 as the umpires decided to abandon play due to the dark skies, after England were earlier dismissed for 368. Australia made 30 runs before a thick top edge took his shot straight into the hands of Matt Prior at point. David Warner
Trailing by 159 runs, England needed to strike early which is exactly what they did.
Prior took a low catch to his left to take the wicket of
off the bowling of Chris Rogers , before Warner and Stuart Broad took Australia to 74-1. Usman Khawaja
However, Warner hooked the ball to his adversary
, whose diving catch saw the Aussie batsman depart the Old Trafford pitch. Joe Root
soon followed before a calamitous moment saw Michael Clarke run out by Anderson. Steve Smith
The rain began to fall as the teams left the field at tea, but there was still time for two more Australian wickets.
smashed the ball skywards and into the hands of Broad and then Brad Haddin edged the ball to Mitchell Starc at cover to give Graeme Swann his first wickets of the Test. James Anderson
Much to the disgruntlement of the tourists, the umpires took the teams off the pitch with Australia having amassed a lead of 331 runs, although England appear to have secured a draw with just one day remaining.
England claim four afternoon wickets