x Abu Dhabi, UAE Thursday 20 July 2017

Day 2 of third Ashes Test: How sessions unfolded at Old Trafford

David Warner gets booed, scores five runs and gets booed again by Old Trafford crowd, but overall it is a good day for the touring Australians.

David Warner was booed even as he scored just five runs in the first innings of the Old Trafford Test. Ryan Pierse / Getty Images
David Warner was booed even as he scored just five runs in the first innings of the Old Trafford Test. Ryan Pierse / Getty Images

Morning session

Australia 329 for five Australia did not have an ideal first session to start with. Steve Smith added just 19 runs to his overnight score of 70 before an ill-conceived slog-sweep had him caught by the alert Jonny Bairstow off the bowling of Graeme Swann, the England off-spinner. David Warner, who was back after a rehabilitation following a punch-up with England's Joe Root last month, came to the crease and left just as quickly, getting booed both times. Warner, pictured below, made five before edging Swann to Jonathan Trott.

Afternoon session

Australia 507 for seven The touring party, though, averted a potential collapse with the captain Michael Clarke, overnight a centurion, and his deputy, the experienced Brad Haddin, batting calmly despite some very good England bowling, especially by Swann and the paceman Stuart Broad. Clarke was eventually dismissed for 187 after playing a Broad bouncer on to the stumps. Haddin and Mitchell Starc kept going as both players collected half-centuries.

Evening session

Australia 527 for seven declared and England 52 for two Clarke declared shortly after tea in order to give his bowlers as many overs so they could have a go at the home team's batting line-up. Ryan Harris and Starc kept it tight as Root, in particular, struggled to score. Peter Siddle, the fast bowler who was introduced fairly late into the attack, got two wickets – those of Root and Tim Bresnan, the nightwatchman. Alastair Cook and Trott then played with utmost caution to see the rest of the day out.

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