Barring the loss of Usman Khawaja, the visitors have had a reasonably good opening hour. England weren’t at their lethal best in terms of accuracy and Warner has shown good proactiveness at the crease and looked assured out there even if not spotless.
The Old Trafford surface seems decent to bat on with an ample amount of pace and bounce. There has been some swing but it hasn’t been anything outrageous like it was the case at Headingley on occasions.
Australia (Playing XI): David Warner, Usman Khawaja, Marnus Labuschagne, Steven Smith, Travis Head, Mitchell Marsh, Cameron Green, Alex Carey(w), Pat Cummins(c), Mitchell Starc, Josh Hazlewood
England (Playing XI): Ben Duckett, Zak Crawley, Moeen Ali, Joe Root, Harry Brook, Ben Stokes(c), Jonny Bairstow(w), Chris Woakes, Mark Wood, Stuart Broad, James Anderson
🎙️ "First ball 𝙘𝙧𝙪𝙣𝙘𝙝𝙚𝙙 through the off side for four"
Positive start from David Warner ⚡ pic.twitter.com/vdjc9EE3jI
— Sky Sports Cricket (@SkyCricket) July 19, 2023