Ashes: England frustrated by David Warner, Steve Smith and rain

Fourth Ashes Test, Melbourne Cricket Ground (day four of five)
Australia 327 (Warner 103) & 103-2
England 491 (Cook 244*)
Australia trail by 61 runs

Rain halted England’s push for victory on the fourth day of the fourth Ashes Test in Melbourne.

Australia were 103-2, still 61 behind, when bad weather intervened for the second and final time to wipe 43.1 overs off the day midway through the afternoon.

The home side had been 65-2, before David Warner, who made an unbeaten 40, and captain Steve Smith, with 25 not out, watchfully repelled some probing England bowling.

During England’s time in the field, an Australian television station carried pictures that it claimed showed James Anderson digging his nail into the ball.

Anderson had earlier been dismissed by the first delivery of the day to conclude England’s first innings at 491.



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