Hello all and welcome to coverage on day four of the second Test where we should be able to bring you some actual cricket action.
Australia resume 80-4 trailing England by 178 runs after Friday afternoon’s action was wiped out by the rain.
With the entire first day having already been washed out at Lord’s, time is running out for either side to force a victory – though England might now be the favourite.
Having eked out a first-innings total of 258 on Thursday, England used bowler-friendly overhead conditions to plunge the Australians from 60-1 to 71-4 after they resumed on 30-1.
Cameron Bancroft (13), Usman Khawaja (36) and Travis Head (7) fell in the space of 7.3 overs, and Steve Smith – the key batsman in Australia’s lineup – was battling hard on 13 from 40 balls when the rain arrived a few minutes before lunch was due. The teams left the field and didn’t return.
Despite a 40 per cent chance of rain round 3pm, according to the Met Office, intermittent sunshine and a high of 21C is forecast today.
Stuart Broad has given England two hours to bowl out Australia and force a match-winning position on day four.
The fast bowler is relatively upbeat about his side’s prospects but believes he and the rest of the home attack need to pick up the next six wickets before the morning’s play is over.
“We feel pretty positive, but we’d need to bowl Australia out by lunch,” he said.
“Our bowling unit’s aim is to get the next six wickets by lunch and then ideally bat until an hour, or half-an-hour, before lunch on day five and try to force a result that way.
“This pitch has got 10 good balls in it in each day. There’s 98 overs for the next two days, which for both teams has been enough to bowl each other out.”