Marnus Labuschagne, Rain Keep England at Bay in Fourth Test

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Marnus Labuschagne, Rain Keep England at Bay in Fourth Test

Marnus Labuschagne scored his 11th Test century to frustrate England before rain brought an early end to the fourth day of the fourth Ashes Test at Old Trafford on Saturday.

Labuschagne made 111 from 222 balls before he was dismissed by Joe Root, but his innings helped Australia reach 214-5 at tea, still 61 runs behind England’s first innings total of 592.

The rain started to fall just before tea, and play was eventually abandoned for the day with 135 minutes of the fourth day still to be bowled.

The result leaves the series level at 2-2 with one Test to play.

Labuschagne’s innings was the highlight of the day for Australia, as he batted with great patience and skill against a disciplined England attack.

He was particularly impressive against the short ball, and he showed great composure in dealing with the pressure of a big chase.

The other Australian batsman to make a significant contribution on day four was Mitch Marsh, who scored 31 not out from 77 balls.

Marsh provided good support to Labuschagne, and he will be hoping to build on his innings on the final day.

For England, Root was the pick of the bowlers, taking 2-42.

But the other bowlers struggled to make an impact, as Australia’s batsmen showed great determination to bat out the day.

The rain is forecast to continue on Sunday, so it remains to be seen whether the final day of the match will be able to be completed.

But if it does, it promises to be a thrilling conclusion to a closely contested series.

Australia's Marnus Labuschagne.

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