No play was possible in the morning session on day three of the fourth Ashes Test at Old Trafford due to rain.

Lunch was brought forward to 12:30 local time, with a pitch inspection due at 13:00pm provided there is no further wet weather.

Australia racked up 497-8 declared on day two, Steve Smith the star of the show with a magnificent 211 as the tourists eye a 2-1 lead that would ensure they retain the urn.

England were 23-1 in reply at stumps after losing Joe Denly in the evening session on Thursday.

A wet outfield due to dismal weather on Friday morning kept the players of the pitch, but the sun was out when it was announced lunch would be taken early.