Australia vs England – Ashes: Live updates from Day 2 of the 4th Test

Ashes, Fourth Test Day Two LIVE: England look to make further inroads in Sydney after dismissing Marcus Harris and Marnus Labuschagne near the end of rain-affected first day

  • England will hope to take more Australia wickets early on day two of fourth Test
  • James Anderson and Mark Wood were impressive for the tourists on first day 
  • RECAP, Day One: Labuschagne dismissed late on in rain-affected first day at SC 

Joe Root and England will be looking to take more Australia scalps early on day two after an encouraging opening day of the fourth Ashes Test in Sydney.

James Anderson and Mark Wood removed Marcus Harris and Marnus Labuschagne respectively before one of many rain showers on the first day brought play to a premature end, with the hosts on 126 for three.

Steve Smith and Usman Khawaja – playing his first Test since 2019 – will resume the innings for Australia, who are aiming for a whitewash after taking an unassailable 3-0 lead in the series with wins in Brisbane, Adelaide and Melbourne.

Follow Sportsmail‘s JACK BEZANTS for live coverage as the fourth Ashes Test heads into Day Two, including build-up and over-by-over updates. 

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Khawaja punishes some width from Mark Wood by taking three of the first ball. Smith then takes a single off the first short ball of the day from Wood. He looked pretty comfortable taking on the short stuff, worryingly for England.

Broad now, back at Smith again. The second ball is good from Broad, it gets the outside of Smith’s bat but the edge evades enough people in the field for Smith to take two runs. A similar thing happens two balls later, the ball going the other side of fourth slip. Broad is visibly frustrated.

Khawaja now gets a going over from Wood and it’s his turn to get hit on the thigh guard. Khawaja gets an inside edge across his feet on the last ball, but no run. Another maiden.

Broad continues after the lively one delivery he sent down to Khawaja. This time Smith is on strike but there’s no run off it – a maiden for Broad.

Mark Wood is starting at the other end, looking to build on the wicket he took of Marnus Labuschagne yesterday.

The third ball cracks Smith on the thigh guard, a few cries of ‘catch’ but no danger. He gets off strike on the next ball as he dabs into the offside. It’s the only run off the over.

It’s left by Khawaja but there is movement back in on that one ball from Broad. Let’s hope there is plenty more where that came from!

Steve Smith is flamboyantly practicing his strokes and Stuart Broad has an over to complete here, just one ball. Australia 126-3…

It’s a slightly earlier start in Sydney because of all the rain yesterday, which is welcome news. Can England start in the same tone they finished yesterday? Steve Smith at the crease is going to be key. 

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