ASHES: A gloomy forecast for the visitors

As is always expected in Manchester, the rain dictated the play. Alastair Cooke slowed down the game to his favour and Michael Clarke was robbed of two critical hours.

Old Trafford, Manchester, England — Everyone knows it always rains in Manchester, especially during an Old Trafford Test. It started to fall on the fourth day at 5pm, but the players had already gone 30 minutes earlier when the umpires decided the light was too poor. Michael Clarke’s strategy was developing nicely at the time. Australia were 172 for 7, but the wickets did not matter. The overall lead was 331, which is approximately what Clarke was hoping for. The idea was to give the team enough time to bowl England out a second time. He was robbed of two hours of cricket when play was abandoned at 5.38pm, and the forecast for the fifth day on Monday promises to take away even more.

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