England approached no nearer to victory on the penultimate day of the fourth Test match against Australia at Old Trafford yesterday. In wild and raving weather only an hour’s play was possible, and during this time McDonald and Craig added a further 25 runs without undue difficulty. It was as though someone had arranged a game of cricket in mid-winter, with a few spectators huddled miserably in their seats and clinging frantically to their hats. Not surprisingly the play was comparably unrealistic, and England in their frustration must feel that this is a match which they are not ordained to win. Through the weekend the thunder had roared, the rain streamed down, and yesterday morning as the wind howled round the city of Manchester there seemed little chance of any play at all. From time to time great storms kept bursting over the ground, yet amazingly enough the pitch was sufficiently dry for action to begin at a quarter to three. All kinds of paraphernalia had been used to make this possible. The gale, too, had helped, and for England it was far better to bowl on to a pudding and from loose footholds than not to bowl at all. They had everything to gain and nothing to lose, and there were those who thought the ball might turn.
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“It was as though someone had arranged a game of cricket in midwinter, with a few spectators huddled miserably in their seats and clinging frantically to their hats.”
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