Australia 63-4 at tea in 4th test vs England

MANCHESTER, England (AP) — England avoided a possible follow-on and even started to dream of an unlikely win in the fourth Ashes test as Australian wickets tumbled in the second session of the fourth day on Saturday.

Australia was still the front-runner with an overall lead of 259 runs and Steve Smith at the crease on 19 not out as they reached tea on 63-4 in their second innings.

England resumed overnight on 200-5 in its first innings, went to lunch on 278-8 — still 219 runs behind Australia's first innings of 497-8 declared — and was all out for 301. That was enough to make Australia bat again, which it may have done anyway.

David Warner completed a match pair of ducks when he was trapped leg before wicket by Stuart Broad (2-19) with Australia yet to score.

That became 16-2 when fellow opener Marcus Harris was also out lbw to Broad, and 24-3 when Jofra Archer (2-27) dismissed an unhappy Marnus Labuschagne on 11. Travis Head (12) was bowled by Archer as England threatened a late comeback.

The five-match series is at 1-1 and Australia can retain the Ashes with a victory at Old Trafford.

The final test starts Sept. 12 at The Oval in London.


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