Australia vs England 4th Test Day 4: Warner and bad weather put fourth Test on course for a draw

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David Warner took a more cautious approach to his innings

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England would have been looking to push Australia further on the back foot on the penultimate day in Melbourne, but their hopes of doing so were dashed by opener David Warner’s unbeaten 40 and inclement weather.

Starting off the day on 491/9, England were unable to add any runs to their overnight score as James Anderson was dismissed by Pat Cummins for a duck.

Anderson’s dismissal left opener Alastair Cook stranded on 244, which came off 409 balls and included 27 boundaries.

Cummins was the pick of the bowlers with four wickets, while Josh Hazlewood and Nathan Lyon snapped up three wickets apiece.

Trailing by 164 runs, Australia made a solid start to their second innings as Warner and Cameron Bancroft amassed a 51-run partnership before Bancroft was clean bowled by Chris Woakes for 27.

Usman Khawaja failed to have an impact with the bat as he was caught behind off the bowling of Anderson for 11.

Warner and captain Steve Smith then set about stabilising Australia’s innings, but after forging a 38-run partnership, the weather took a turn for the worse and with the rain refusing to relent, the umpires decided to bring play to an end for the day.

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Persistent rain brought play to an end earlier than expected

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Warner finished on 40 off 140 balls, which included three boundaries, while Smith remained undefeated on 25 off 67 deliveries, which included two boundaries.

Woakes and Anderson claimed one wicket each.

Australia ended day four on 103/2 and will continue batting on Saturday at 10:00 local time or 23:00 GMT (the day before).

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