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England's charge halted by rain

13th January 2018, 15:01 by Craig Smithson

Rainfall and dogged batting from David Warner and Steve Smith have hampered England's bid to win the fourth Ashes Test.

Over 43 overs were lost in Melbourne on Friday as a 30-minute rain delay in the second session was followed by a further downpour towards the end of play which forced an early abandonment.

At stumps Australia were sitting on 103-2 in their second innings, with Warner not out on 40 and captain Smith sitting unbeaten on 25 in an unbroken third-wicket stand of 38 going into the final day's play.

England had earlier dismissed Cameron Bancroft on 27 and Usman Khawaja for 11 to give themselves hope of winning the Test and reducing the series deficit to 3-1.

The tourists had earlier resumed on day four at the MCG with Alastair Cook and James Anderson at the crease, with the latter being caught by Bancroft from Pat Cummins' first delivery of the morning session to conclude England's innings on 491.

It left former captain Cook unbeaten on a record 244, making him the first England opener to carry his bat in a Test for 20 years since Michael Atherton's 94no in New Zealand in 1997.

Australia resume on Saturday trailing by 61 runs but with eight wickets in hand on a fairly unresponsive pitch which could make it difficult for England to get the win.

This article originated on sportinastorm.com

Craig Smithson is a journalist with over two decades of experience at the keyboard. A life-long Middlesbrough fan, Craig has an in-depth knowledge of all football and is also a keen fan of boxing amongst other sports.

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