Australian Clarke looking to lead from the front for under-siege tourists.
A partnership of 51 not out between Michael Clarke and Steve Smith could be the turning point in Australia’s fortunes this Ashes campaign.
The pair have looked comfortable at the crease, despite Graeme Swann getting plenty of turn from the Old Trafford pitch on the first day.
England v Australia
Played at Old Trafford
Toss won by Australia
Australia 1st Innings
S. Watson c Cook b Bresnan 19
C. Rogers lbw b Swann 84
U. Khawaja c Prior b Swann 1
M. Clarke not out 55
S. Smith not out 20
Extras (lb1) 1
Total (3 wkts, 53 overs, 242 mins) 180
Fall of wickets: 1-76 (Watson), 2-82 (Khawaja), 3-129 (Rogers)
To bat: D Warner, B Haddin, P Siddle, M Starc, R Harris, N Lyon
Bowling: Anderson 15-2-54-0; Broad 13-1-50-0; Bresnan 12-3-38-1; Swann 13-2-37-2
England: Alastair Cook (capt), Joe Root, Jonathan Trott, Kevin Pietersen, Ian Bell, Jonny Bairstow, Matt Prior (wkt), Tim Bresnan, Stuart Broad, Graeme Swann, James Anderson
Umpires: Marais Erasmus (RSA), Tony Hill (NZL)
TV umpire: Kumar Dharmasena (SRI)
Match referee: Ranjan Madugalle (SRI)