Smith stands tall against England in Ashes Test

Steve Smith continued his outstanding Ashes form, striking an unbeaten 60 as Australia recovered from a bad start to reach 170-3 at the close of the rain-affected first day of the fourth test against England at Old Trafford on Wednesday. Rain caused a frustrating delay of over two hours after lunch but plans to extend play were abandoned after rain came in again during the break for tea and only 44 overs were bowled on the opening day.

Soeaking about the day's proceedings, Overton, England bowler, said, 'Obviously, it was a frustrating day for us, conditions didn’t really suit running into bowl but we stuck at it pretty well,” said Overton, who was making his home test debut after being drafted in ahead of Chris Woakes.“We’re probably slightly behind...but we come back tomorrow, get a couple of early ones and we’ll be right back in the game.”