Bad light stops play at Old Trafford

Bad light stops play at Old Trafford
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England and Australia are forced off the Old Trafford pitch because of darkening conditions in Manchester.

The umpires have called a stoppage in play due to bad light during day four of the third Ashes Test at Old Trafford.

The decision, which angered Australia captain Michael Clarke, was taken after England skipper Alastair Cook informed the umpires that he did not want to use his spin bowling options.

"When we start losing the light completely at square leg, we give the captain an option to use spin. [Cook] didn't want to do that," umpire Tony Hill told Sky Sports News.

Australia are currently on 172-7 with a lead of 331 runs. If the teams do return, then you can follow live text updates here.

Australia's Ryan Harris celebrates with team mates after taking the wicket of England's Jonathan Trott during the third day of the 3rd Ashes Test on August 3, 2013
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