The Ashes at Old Trafford

The home of Lancashire County Cricket Club will open its gates to Ashes cricket for the first time in eight years.

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England cricketers prepare to face defiant Australia

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 cricketers walk onto the pitch at Old Trafford in Manchester
England cricketers walk onto the pitch at Old Trafford in Manchester Credit: England and Wales Cricket Board

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Cricketers face a wet start for third Test of the Ashes

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.

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England 'not surprised' by Australia's fightback

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.

Australian captain Michael Clarke hit a vital century on day one of the third Test.
Australian captain Michael Clarke hit a vital century on day one of the third Test. Credit: EMPICS Sport/EMPICS Sport

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.

Watch the highlights of the first day of the Ashes third Test here

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Australia 76-1 in third Test of Ashes

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.

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Rogers goes to fifty from 49 balls with 10 fours. Australia 70-0 #Ashes

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