Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

BROAD JOY AS HE GETS WARNER OUT AGAIN; PACE ACE GRABS TWO EARLY WICKETS BUT SMITH SCORES QUICKLY ON RETURN Smith and Labuschagne Steady Australia after Early Setbacks

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

BROAD JOY AS HE GETS WARNER OUT AGAIN; PACE ACE GRABS TWO EARLY WICKETS BUT SMITH SCORES QUICKLY ON RETURN Smith and Labuschagne Steady Australia after Early Setbacks

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Byline: CRICKET Will Macpherson at Old Trafford

STUART BROAD struck two early blows this morning to bring Steve Smith to the crease on his return to the Australia side in the Fourth Ashes Test in Manchester.

With the series tied at 1-1, Australia won the toss and, on a flat surface but with the weather looking good for bowling, opted to bat first, as England's Joe Root would have done too. But after Broad had dismissed David Warner and Marcus Harris, Marnus Labuschagne and Smith, back in the side after missing the Third Test through concussion, rallied as Australia reached lunch on 98 for two. Labuschagne was unbeaten on 49 and Smith on 28.

England, looking to build on the momentum from their thrilling win at Headingley, had struck the first blow with the game's fourth ball as Broad dismissed Warner for the fifth time in seven innings this series. This was the second time in as many innings that Broad has removed Warner for a duck. Looking to leave the ball, he could not get his bat out of the way and was caught behind.

Broad this week laughed off suggestions that he had the wood over Warner (right), but the fact is that he has dismissed the punchy lefthander five times from 87 balls at the cost of just 32 runs. Warner is averaging a meagre 11 for the Continued on Page 42 Continued from Back Page series, and 29 in 12 Tests in England. Harris followed Warner, leg before. The ball struck Harris above the knee role and umpire Kumar Dharmasena took his time to raise the finger, so the batsman reviewed. But it was clipping the stumps and DRS did not save him.

Those two wickets took Broad to 111 wickets against Australia, the third most for England behind Ian Botham and Bob Willis.

That left Australia's opening batsmen averaging under 12 in the series with just one score, Warner's battling first innings 61 at Headingley, above 20. …

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