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Ashes 2019: Rain delays third day’s play between England and Australia

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By Jack Skelton
BBC Sport in Old Trafford
Rain delayed the start of day three of the fourth Ashes Test between England and Australia .
Play was scheduled to begin at 11:00 BST on Friday but drizzle usually means the covers are on.
Together with England waiting to resume on 23-1, trailing by 474 the weather has been set to improve from around 13:00.
Even the series is tied at 1-1, but victory for Australia at Manchester this week can see them keep the Ashes.
Batsman Steve Smith scored a 211 on Thursday to allow before England opener Joe Denly fell for four Australia to declare on 497-8.
Rain is for dry weather throughout the weekend.
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