Ashes: Broad picks up Warner for 13th time but rain dominates day one

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tuart Broad recovered the wicket from David Warner for the 13th time in the cricket test, but the rain only allowed 21.4 overs in the first two sessions of the fourth Ashes test in Sydney

On a rambling day, heavy overnight rains delayed the start by 30 minutes, before two 4.3 mini sessions and eight overs were all that was possible before an untimely lunch break. During that time, England went wicket-less, but another short 9.1-overs flurry saw Broad sack Warner.

When the players left the field around 2:15 p.m. Australia was 56 to one. Marcus Harris had held on, and Marnus Labuschagne had yet to face the ball.

At the start, England’s opening bowlers James Anderson and Broad were a little below their best, with Warner driving well.

But after lunch he edged Ben Stokes just off the Zak Crawley dive on the second slide to move up to 25. England were relieved that Broad, because of his trademark around the corner of the wicket, had got Warner to lead, and the same outfielder took the capture this time. Warner was gone for 30. In his second game only, Broad dismissed Warner for the first time in this series, but 13th overall. Seven of those wickets came in Ashes 2019.

With the toss delayed by 30 minutes, Australian captain Pat Cummins won it and chose to strike. The pitch had a green tint, but should play true, and Joe Root said he would have made the same call (although he might have been glad he didn’t have to). Root has lost three shots in a row since choosing recklessly to strike first in Brisbane.

Each team made a change. Australia was applied, with Travis Head missing after testing positive for Covid-19, and replaced by Usman Khawaja.

For England, Broad replaced Ollie Robinson, who has a problem with his shoulder.

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