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England are batting on day two of the fourth men’s Ashes Test after bowling out Australia for 317, as Chris Woakes sealed a maiden Ashes five-fer following a costly no-ball.

James Anderson removed Pat Cummins with the first ball of the day at Old Trafford as the Australia captain tamely chipped to cover, and Woakes then thought he had wrapped up the innings in the next over when he drew the outside edge of last man Josh Hazlewood.

However, as Hazlewood and Mitchell Starc ran off the field, the television umpire ruled Woakes had marginally overstepped, allowing Australia’s batters to add another 17 runs to the total. They were eventually all out for 317 as Hazlewood again fenced to second slip, with Duckett taking a head-high catch as a relieved Woakes finished with figures of five for 62.

Follow all the live action from Old Trafford as England face Australia:

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England 84/1 (20), Zak Crawley 38, Moeen Ali 41, Pat Cummins 0-27 (5) (trail by 233)

Moeen’s method against Australia’s short balls has been better today than at Headingley, ducking, weaving, and backing away to open up the offside. A couple of cuts add three to his, and England’s, total.

Travis Head will don a lid for the start of Cameron Green’s next over, giving Moeen something else to consider, Head poking in under his nose on the legside.

Harry Latham-Coyle20 July 2023 13:58

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England 81/1 (19), Zak Crawley 38, Moeen Ali 38, Cameron Green 0-16 (4) (trail by 236)

Edged over gully! Cameron Green would have needed himself, and perhaps a small child on his shoulders, in there to get to that one, Usman Khawaja leaping in vain as Zak Crawley drives loosely outside off.

Thumped past the bowler! Much, much more authoritative from Crawley, pouncing on a fuller ball and sending it back from whence it came.

Harry Latham-Coyle20 July 2023 13:53

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England 73/1 (18), Zak Crawley 30, Moeen Ali 38, Pat Cummins 0-24 (4) (trail by 244)

Glorious! Simply sublime from Moeen Ali, driving impeccably through extra cover as Pat Cummins errs too full. It’s a no ball, too, to add to the Australian skipper’s chagrin.

Zak Crawley slices a drive through backward point, Travis Head hustling around out in the deep to keep it to two. A tad expensive from Cummins so far.

Harry Latham-Coyle20 July 2023 13:49

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England 64/1 (17), Zak Crawley 27, Moeen Ali 33, Cameron Green 0-8 (3) (trail by 253)

Moeen handles Green’s initial efforts well, dropping one down into the legside for a single before leaning back to carve to deep point for another.

Harry Latham-Coyle20 July 2023 13:43

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England 61/1 (16.1), Zak Crawley 26, Moeen Ali 31, Cameron Green 0-5 (2.1) (trail by 256)

A change in plan of attack for Australia after the interval – back the to the boundary go the catchers with Cameron Green asked to deliver some short stuff.

Harry Latham-Coyle20 July 2023 13:40

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England 61/1 (16), trail by 256

A sunny afternoon in Manchester for Zak Crawley and Moeen Ali to enjoy, looking to pick up where they left off before the interval with their half-century stand so far coming without frequent frights. With that power-packed middle order to come, there’s every chance that England can settle into their scoring stride if they avoid early slip-ups after lunch.

Harry Latham-Coyle20 July 2023 13:38

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Lunch: England 61/1 (16), trail by 256

All rather calm by England’s extravagant standards but that will be exactly the start that Ben Stokes will have wanted. Moeen Ali has looked assured at number three, working through his off-side ouevre to get his innings going and combining well with Zak Crawley, two of England’s best timers ticking away pleasantly. No signs, yet, that England are particularly fearful of the forecast – laying a sturdy platform and then accelerating if necessary later would seem a smart approach.

Harry Latham-Coyle20 July 2023 13:22

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Sonia Twigg at Old Trafford

Lunch: Ali has a new achievement to celebrate, becoming the fourth Englishman to score 3,000 runs and take 200 wickets, and England can breathe a sigh of relief that more wickets didn’t fall as they reached lunch 61-1.

Crawley successfully overturned a decision when he was given out lbw on field, with DRS showing the ball missing the stumps. At that point the Kent batter was on 20, and England 44-1.

Duckett was the only wicket to fall, when he edged behind off Starc for just one, and England were 9-1.

It wasn’t wrapped up for England quite as early as they hoped when Anderson struck from the end named after him first ball of the day.

Cummins was out in fact, before play was due to start at 10.59am.

Woakes thought he had his five-fer just one over later when Hazlewood edged behind and Australia 301-9, but it was called no-ball.

Fortunately for the England seamer, he did manage to secure his first Ashes five-fer half an hour later, with Australia all out for 317 at 11.33 am.

Sonia Twigg20 July 2023 13:05

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LUNCH: ENGLAND 61/1 (16), trail by 256

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Harry Latham-Coyle20 July 2023 13:01

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England 61/1 (16), Zak Crawley 26, Moeen Ali 31, Pat Cummins 0-15 (3) (trail by 256)

Dreamy! A shot redolent of the very first ball of the series, wide from Pat Cummins and crunched on the up by Zak Crawley for four through the covers.

Crawley goes all Monty Don to ensure this is the last over of the session, a bit of mid-pitch gardening ensuring there’s no time for Cameron Green to commence his next – lunch.

Harry Latham-Coyle20 July 2023 13:00


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