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Live Reporting

By Matthew Henry and Amy Lofthouse

All times stated are UK

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    We'll leave you with videos of the wickets England did take today.

    Joe Root's side will return tomorrow hoping for an improved performance. They need it or the Ashes may start to slip away again.

    We'll be back at 10:30 BST before play begins at 11:00 with Australia 170-3.

    Speak then.

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    There's more cricket tonight. It's cold but dry in Chester-le-Street so Lancashire v Essex in the T20 Blast will begin shortly.

    Follow it here.

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    Mark Wood

    England bowler on BBC Test Match Special

    I've been in team meetings where you discuss Steve Smith and you're like "we should try this or this". We've got A, B, C and D and none of them are working! The only thing we haven't tried is a right-armer around the wicket to him, but you're taking out other modes of dismissal there.

    Movement is key - if we can get the ball to move off the straight, reverse swing, any type of swing, that's when we can test his technique.

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    If you've missed any of today head over to our match report to read Stephan Shemilt's take on proceedings.

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    Glenn McGrath

    Ex-Australia bowler on BBC Test Match Special

    I don't think England bowled as well as they would have hoped. These conditions, going on and off, are always more difficult for the fielding side. I didn't see too many demons in this pitch.

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    Mark Wood

    England bowler on BBC Test Match Special

    On a day like this, it's hard to get that intensity right up. It feel like a miserable day altogether. It was a bitty day.

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    Michael Vaughan

    Ex-England captain on BBC Test Match Special

    What today proved to me is that all the talk of momentum between games is absolutely nonsense. What Australia have done today is nullify Headingley.

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    David V: Don’t think I’ll ever be warm again. I imagine that’s what watching cricket on the side of Snowdon would be like.

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  9. 'Archer didn't bowl well'

    Michael Vaughan

    Ex-England captain on BBC Test Match Special

    Archer didn't bowl well. I wonder if Joe Root needed to take him off earlier and say "you're not bowling quick enough, and I need you to fire when Steve Smith gets out there."

    Today was a day, on a pitch that we've seen is pretty flat, that you need your express and you need someone like Archer to crank it up.

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    England bowler Craig Overton speaking to Test Match Special: "It was quite a frustrating day with the wind but it was nice to get the wicket. It's tough in these conditions. It's a big ground so all the fielders are quiet dispersed and you can't hear each other.

    "Steve Smith is the big one that we want to get. We'll come back with a positive attitude and try and get him early."

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    SMS Message: England have had a shocker of a day and have once again looked rudderless. It's a decent batting pitch yes, but the bowlers made it look dynamite. This England team seems to have only two settings - mediocre or miraculous. Today was very much the former. from Mark B
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    Michael Vaughan

    Ex-England captain on BBC Test Match Special

    Labuschagne has got balance. He reads play and he's a well organised player.

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  13. 'It was great fun'

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    Australia batsman Marnus Labuschagne after his half-century: "It was great. It was tough bowling conditions with the wind. The ball was swinging a bit again but over here they are the conditions you have to get used to. The wicket slowed up after the rain but it was great fun.

    "In unforeseen circumstances [Smith's concussion] I got an opportunity. I felt I have been in really good form this summer. I have been able to run with the momentum.

    "It is always good when someone of his [Smith's] calibre comes in. It was great fun batting with him, the first time for me. It was really fun.

    "To have a loss like that [at Headingley in the third Test] which was in our grasp was disappointing but the way went about the game today we are here and in the contest. We are really keen to secure the Ashes."

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    Michael Vaughan

    Ex-England captain on BBC Test Match Special

    My message to Stuart Broad would be don't go looking for the fairytale finish just yet. He's bowling with pace and he's bowling with skill. He'll make the decision, as he's earnt the right to go on, but I hope he'll go on. I really do. I think Jimmy is more in doubt. I've got no idea how either of them are thinking but I hope Stuart will play on for a couple of years.

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    SMS Message: Very worried about this Test. I just can't see where our wickets are going to come from? OK, Smith is superhuman but we seem to have no coherent bowling plan or consistency. from Adam, Bristol
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  16. 'Warner has lost confidence'

    Michael Vaughan

    Ex-England captain on BBC Test Match Special

    David Warner is a batsman of high quality who is out of confidence. He doesn't have a great record in England. English conditions are a difficult place to open the batting and I think he's lost confidence. Warner has been out defensively a lot. I've got a funny feeling that if he gets a chance in the second innings, he'll come out in about sixth gear.

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    We could have similar stoppages tomorrow due to rain. At least the wind is forecast to die down.

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  18. 'England potentially missed big opportunity'

    Michael Vaughan

    Ex-England captain on BBC Test Match Special

    I think against both batting units, if you can be consistent outside that off stump, things can happen. I wonder whether England will realise that as much as it has been tough, they've potentially missed a big opportunity today.

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    I may be wrong but I don't think it's raining now at Old Trafford. Play could have gone on until 19:30 BST but no. Cricket, ey?

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    Michael Vaughan

    Ex-England captain on BBC Test Match Special

    If England are honest with themselves, I don't think they bowled on or around off stump enough. Yes, the conditions are tough, but I doubt many of these players can play a forward defensive. There's so many plays out of form and out of confidence and you feel if you can get that ball full and straight, opportunities will be created. England didn't do that enough on a consistent basis.