Rain curtailed 1st day report of 4th Ashes test: Smith and Labuschagne shines

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The love affair between heaps of runs with Smith and Labuschagne continues as both struck impressive fifties in the rain-curtailed 1st day of 4th Ashes Test. Also, viewers witnessed an unique incident of playing with no balls on either stump. This was enabled forcibly due to the weather condition when strong winds started blowing on 32nd over which was then being bowled by Broad. Also, incidents of the plastic bag and a beach ball invading the field was on the cards. 

 

Performance-wise, it was a mixed day for both the sides, where on one side Smith and Labuschagne continued there run saga, as Smith remained unbeaten on 60, Labuschagne was dismissed after scoring a gritty 67. On the other hand for the hosts, Broad had been the most positive by taking 2 early wickets and Overton looked promising and had his man in Labuschagne, claiming his first scalp this series. Center of all attractions Jofra remained underperformed.  England did well to keep Aussies below 200 in the 44 overs that were ticked. 

 

Though there were a few stoppages to the game the age-old rivalry was no less intense. Both teams seized their moments in the game. Aussies are 170 for the loss of 3 at the end of the day. Smith would definitely be licking his lips for converting his start to yet another magnificent hundred.  England would be trying their hearts out to get rid of their pivotal man in Smith, restrict Australia below 300 and get off to a decent start. Stay tuned for the action on day 2

 

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