There were bizarre scenes at Old Trafford on day one of the fourth Ashes Test, with the sun’s glare causing a lengthy delay during the morning session in Manchester.
During the 14th over of Australia’s first innings, Marnus Labuschagne was distracted by the sun’s reflection coming off a metal band underneath some unoccupied seats behind the bowler’s arm. Drinks were taken as ground staff attempted to resolve the issue.
The farcical delay was particularly amusing considering the overcast conditions in Manchester on Wednesday, with light rain falling before play.
England bowler Stuart Broad took matters into his own hands, politely requesting nearby patrons move from their seats to block the dazzle. Moments later, a staff member appeared with a roll of tape.
“The ground was re-configured in about 2012, so I’m assuming this is the not the first time the sun has come out at Old Trafford,” former Australian captain Mark Taylor said on Sky Sports commentary.
“It’s taken 11 years to finally see it at that angle.”
A few minutes later, the sun finally shifted back behind the clouds, allowing play to continue.
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The Old Trafford Test is expected to be impacted by weather, with rain forecast throughout the weekend in Manchester.
Australia, leading 2-1 in the five-match series, needs at least a draw from the final two Tests to retain the coveted Ashes urn.
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