England frustrated with fifties before a stand was broken by Craig Overton before tea on a opening day of the fourth Ashes Test
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Smith (60no) and Labuschagne (67) took Australia out of 28-2 to 144-2, just for remembered seamer Overton – enjoying his first home Test – to take that the latter 15 minutes before the break with a rescue which narrowed off stump.
Smith picked up where he left before he missed the third Test with concussion, including an additional half-century to his scores of 92 and 144, 142, while Labuschagne notched his Ashes fifty.
Australia were 170-3 at the period, when a chunk out of Ben Stokes that knocked him off his toes was demonstrated to have pitched outside leg stump, Travis Head unbeaten on 18 having lived an lbw inspection.
Broad had discounted David Warner (0) for the fifth time in the series, as well as his second consecutive duck, and also his opening partner Marcus Harris (13) since England snaffled two early wickets after losing the toss.
Rain caused another delay in the afternoon and prevented any play between 4pm and dinner, with gusty states also forcing the umpires call for more heavy ones and then to temporarily remove the bails.
Australia may once more retain the Ashes with victory, with spurned the chance to do this at Headingley after Stokes’ unbeaten century inspired England to some one-wicket triumph.
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