Ashes 2019: England v Australia fourth Test, day two – live!

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Chris Raybould has the honour of sending in the first email of the day. It takes an unexpected turn. “Sitting here in Australia and wondering whether England might have had their two big games of the summer,” he writes. “I desperately want them to wrestle the Ashes back but as good as he is, Stokesy isn’t a one man team. What was it my mum used to say? Something about it’s better to have a champion team than a team of champions? Clones… maybe cloning is the way?”

The day two pitch looks flat and full of runs. Composing a strategy to winkle out Steve Smith on a surface like this would drive any captain to distraction.

Also, a nice reminder in the tweet below that because of the overs lost to rain today’s play is scheduled to last 30 minutes longer than usual.

Just the 44 overs on this pitch on day one. Hopefully 98 today #Ashes pic.twitter.com/5FTs9YVvCJ

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Written by Jonathan Howcroft (now), Adam Collins (next, at Old Trafford) and Tim de Lisle (later)
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