Twitter Reactions: Marnus Labuschagne’s hundred keeps England at bay on rain-marred Day 4

Twitter Reactions: Marnus Labuschagne's hundred keeps England at bay on rain-marred Day 4
Marnus Labuschagne
Marnus Labuschagne. (Photo Source: Twitter)

After much delay, Day 4 of the fourth Test in Ashes 2023 finally got underway on Saturday, July 22, at Old Trafford, Manchester. Australia resumed their innings on 113/4 after 41 overs with Marnus Labuschagne (44*) and Mitchell Marsh (1*) at the crease. After the first session got completely washed out, Labuschagne and Marsh started the day cautiously.

Labuschagne completed his fifty off 99 balls, scoring six boundaries in his innings. The 29-year-old was looking to spend some time at the crease and get used to the wet conditions on the ground. At the other end, Marsh also began the day in a circumspect manner and watched the ball carefully.

The duo put on a fifty-run stand off with 111 balls to calm the nerves in the dressing room. After a quiet period early on, Labuschagne got busy and began rotating the strike on a regular basis while Marsh was still finding his feet at the other end. Their partnership continued to grow, which made the England captain Ben Stokes come up with new strategies to dismiss them having limited time on his hand.

With the atmosphere getting darker, on-field umpires Joel Wilson and Nitin Menon informed Stokes that fast bowlers could not bowl as it was getting difficult to sight the ball. As a result, Stokes brought in Moeen Ali and Joe Root to bowl in tandem. Seeing the spinners in action, Labuschagne quickly turned on his attacking mode and raced to his 11th Test hundred off 161 balls.

Labuschagne and Marsh also brought up their 100-run stand for the fifth wicket and continued to frustrate England. Just when everything was going Australia’s way, Joe Root made Labuschagne edge straight to Jonny Bairstow to give his side the much-needed breakthrough. Australia went into tea on 214/5 with Marsh (31*) and Cameron Green (3*) at the crease.

Rain played spoilsport in third session as well

Following that, no more play was possible as the heavens once again opened, and rain came pouring down to spoil England’s party. With gloomy weather expected for Day 5 as well, England bowlers will have their task cut out on bowling out Australia in whatever little play the weather permits on Day 5.

Meanwhile, Twitter was abuzz with reactions to the play from Day 4.

Here are some of the Tweets:

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