We are under way on day 5, with Australia declaring and setting England 332 to win. Great effort by Matt Merchant & his groundstaff as well
11.30 start here at Emirates Old Trafford providing there is no more rain. Australia have declared.
The umpires will make a further inspection at 10.45am to assess conditions, but it is very wet. Groundstaff continuing to mop up
Play in the third Test of the Ashes has stopped for lunch with Australia on 392-5.
Australia captain Michael Clarke will begin the afternoon session just 32 runs short of a double century.
England's cricketers are taking to the pitch at Old Trafford to the familiar strains of Jerusalem.
They face a defiant Australia on 303 for three at the start of the second day of the third Test.
England's cricketers face a wet Manchester morning on the second day of the third Test as Australia resumes batting.
Australia dominated the proceedings at Old Trafford yesterday ending the day on 303-3.
England insist Australia's Ashes fightback yesterday was no surprise to them ahead of day two of the third Test at Old Trafford.
Australia's captain Michael Clarke finished unbeaten on 125 out of 303 for three yesterday sharing an unbroken stand of 174 with Steve Smith.
England seamer Tim Bresnan said, "We were expecting a fight. I think every time you play against Australia you expect them to fight hard".
With a 2-0 series lead, England could retain the urn with a win in Manchester.
Australia are 76-1 after the first innings after James Anderson bowled out Shane Watson, but not before his partner Chris Rogers scored a half century.
Rogers goes to fifty from 49 balls with 10 fours. Australia 70-0 #Ashes
It will be increasingly muggy and hot at Old Trafford for the third Test of the Ashes, with temperatures around 29 degrees. It is also the best day of the five to stay totally dry.