England vs Australia 4th Ashes Test Day 1: Labuschagne, Smith put Australia on top on rain-affected day

Marnus Labuschagne 67 and Steve Smith 60 not out England Australia 4th Ashes Test Day 1 Manchester cricket

Marnus Labuschagne (left) and Steve Smith both scored half-centuries on the opening day of the fourth Ashes Test

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Marnus Labuschagne and Steve Smith scored 67 and 60 not out respectively to give Australia the upper hand on the first day of the fourth Ashes Test, which was affected by rain and blustery winds.

Choosing to bat first in Manchester, Australia were dealt a huge blow on the fourth ball of the match as opener David Warner was caught behind off the bowling of Stuart Broad for a duck.

Marcus Harris only made 13 runs before he was given out lbw off the bowling of Broad.

Labuschagne and Smith stabilised the innings with a 116-run partnership, during which both batsmen brought up their half-centuries, before Labuschagne was clean bowled by Craig Overton for 67, which came off 128 balls and included 10 boundaries.

Smith and Travis Head managed to forge an unbeaten 26-run stand before heavy rain brought play to an end for the day.

Smith finished on 60, which came off 93 balls and included seven boundaries, while Overton remained undefeated on 18, which came off 17 deliveries and included three boundaries.

Broad was the pick of the bowlers with two wickets, while Overton claimed one.

Australia ended day one on 170/3 and will continue batting on Thursday at 11:00 local time or 10:00 GMT.

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