"England on the charge!" Bell skims another pleasant cover drive, this time for a couple. Against that, I suppose the last decade has told us that far more is possible with the bat in Test cricket than we previously thought, so maybe this is winnable. Many people have said he has finally fulfilled his talent, but this performance has exceeded our expectations of him. England won't try to chase that. Yes, something brilliant is happening. OVER 121: ENG 267/4 (Bell 40* Woakes 23*) In reference to Adam Ford's email below, can you think of any Test matches in which an entire XI has fired? In an unrelated development, here's a picture of Sarah Taylor's Catch of the Century. There are still almost 70 overs left today, so Australia could theoretically score 120 in 20 overs and set England around 235 in 50 overs. OVER 19: AUS 86-6 (Clarke 15* Starc 1*) Still no sign of Chris Rogers, who has gone the reverse Mark Richardson route in one innings: from opener to No9. Australia lead by 159. Anyway, we shall see. Multiply it by itself. Starc's response is an excellent slower ball which pops from the pitch to take the edge before landing short of slip. Live commentary of the fifth 2013 Investec Ashes Test between England and Australia at The Oval. He was rewarded with 176 runs at first drop, with his first morning of ODI scoring the highlight. It remains a highly unlikely occurrence. Let's at least try to enjoy it. He will be the key man for Australia if this goes to the wire. That's Simon Kerrgan's pulse rate right now. At this point I think I can answer my own question in over 18. Three singles from the over. Alright, the weather has helped when the Aussies have been a in a good position, but England haven’t ever looked like they were losing their heads a la Australia’s 4th innings in Durham. This is getting slightly strange; surely Australia don't seriously think they can win this? OVER 20: ENG 86/2 (Trott 40* Pietersen 0*) A wicket maiden for James Faulkner, just the order-restorer Australia needed. Root smiles cheekily. I'm all for challenging the prevailing wisdom - there's nothing wrong with burying your Coco Pops under curry sauce - but this seems a bit much, no? Just three singles from the over, including a slice from Pietersen that feel not far short of Siddle at deep cover. By Sam Sheringham BBC Sport at the Kia Oval. This is how people have instinctively reacted to the events of the summer, and there's not much anyone can do to change that. OVER 127: ENG 291/5 (Bell 45* Prior 17*) Michael Clarke makes a bowling change, but not the one we expected to: it's James Faulkner, rather than Peter Siddle, to replace Mitchell Starc at the Vauxhall End. There's also a reason the England squad are unhappy about the whole thing, reduced to posting passive-aggressive tweets that only serve to highlight the weirdness of the situation. I suspect this will stay with Kumar Dharmsena's decision, however. That was a delightful piece of athleticism. Clarke reviews the decision. Bell slices the new bowler Starc over backward point for two; Peter Siddle didn't see the ball at all. Alastair Cook comes out to bat. (Legal disclaimer: telegraph.co.uk is not responsible for any mortgages wagered on such a ridiculous bet.). Peter Rowntree: "Feel that the poor standards of batting in this series have a lot to do with the sub-Test standard pitches on which the series has been played. Fourteen runs and a wicket from the over. Ashes 2013: 5th Test, day 2, afternoon session: England reach Tea on 181 for three after glacial early scoring. OVER 137: ENG 350/7 (Prior 35* Swann 24*) Three from the final over of the session, bowled by Starc. <a href="http://search.twitter.com/search?q=entertainer" target="_blank">#entertainer</a> <a href="http://search.twitter.com/search?q=Ashes" target="_blank">#Ashes</a></noframe> "I'm on holiday in North Norfolk and cannot imagine there is a worse location in this Sceptred Isle for mobile coverage. That's a lovely moment of individual success for a consummate team man, who might have thought his Test career was over a few months ago. Three from the over. Glad I've not paid - urn aloft or no.". It's a good idea to sing it now because by this evening I reckon half of them will struggle to comply with the chant's commandment. <noframe>Twitter: Shane Warne - Good aggressive captaincy from Michael Clarke, if the ashes was decided by who is the best captain on either side then Aust would be 5-0 up</noframe> OVER 2: AUS 4/0 (Warner 4* Watson 0*) Shane Watson, who probably thought he'd opened for the last time in Test cricket after his first-innings century, assumes the position again for the greater good. OVER 144: ENG 377/9 (Swann 34* Kerrigan 1*) Do you think there's any chance of Michael Clarke setting England a target? If Clarke was prepared to lose to win he would have declared five overs ago. OVER 27: ENG 124/2 (target 227 from 44 overs; Trott 46* Pietersen 32*) Trott works Lyon nicely between mid on and midwicket for two. The Ashes, 5th Test: As it happened, England vs Australia Day 4 - Rain washes out entire day's play Not a ball could be bowled as rain destroyed any chances of play. The match has converted from a Test to a limited over format. I'd argue the batting hasn't been the same since 2011. He kept taking catches too, eventually bagging the record number of dismissals in an Ashes series. Woakes scampers consecutive twos to keep England ticking along. It's an improvement on what he called Cook at the start of the series. It was a simple enough dismissal: he tried to drive a fullish outswinger and edged it straight to second slip. Simon Kerrigan – Maybe he was as surprised as everyone else by his shock inclusion, but he should not have been surprised to see Shane Watson looking to hit him off a length. Kevin Pietersen – The reticence of his celebration of his first innings 50 (and the contrast with the skunk-haired jubilation of his 150 eight years ago) said much about his opinion of the pitch and his inability to get going. Highlights from day five of the fifth Ashes test between England and Australia at The Oval OVER 18: AUS 83-4 (Clarke 14* Smith 7*) Five from Swann's over. I like their squad, though there is an obvious issue at No6. Graeme Swann – He snared a couple of lefties at the top and bottom of the order, but lacked a little of the fizzing snap that characterises both his bowling and his personality when in peak form. <noframe>Twitter: Michael Vaughan - I would love to see England declare at 293.. And see what the Aussies would do... <a href="http://search.twitter.com/search?q=Ashes" target="_blank">#Ashes</a>.</noframe> <noframe>Twitter: The Cricketer - A hollow chuckle from the crowd as the PA announces the big screen is about to show "highlights" of day 3 <a href="http://search.twitter.com/search?q=ashes" target="_blank">#ashes</a></noframe> "Why are we criticising? (It's almost impossible, as we said earlier, to function as a collective in one match.). A few of the England players are chatting to Sky's Ian Ward. As we know, England's batting been hugely dependent on Ian Bell in this series, and he reminds us of that with an imperious cover drive for four off the bowling of Starc. Mohamed Salah tests positive for coronavirus just days after the Liverpool star partied at his brother's wedding in ... Ashes 2013: Fifth Test, day four preview - Loosener video with Lawrence Booth. It's far too early for Willey to be talked of as a Test player, surely? Australia have pulled this back impressively. The one constant was that at least three England players had great matches every time. 1102 The rumours are true: play will start at 1130, with potentially 98 overs to be bowled. Watson spears his third delivery down the leg side; a wide in one-day cricket but not necessarily in Tests - it depends whether he umpire thinks it's a deliberately negative tactic. They need 53 from the last eight. Last updated on 25 August 2013 25 August 2013. Every Pietersen run is being greeted by lusty cheers. Ashes 2013: fifth Test report cards Alastair Cook had another strange Test, Brad Haddin earned his place, Peter Siddle was a joy and Nathan Lyon showed balls … With the help of Astro-Numerology, we are predicting the third match of the Ashes 2013. The next ball goes for four as well, although this time it's a bouncer that hist Swann on the shoulder and flew away to the fine-leg boundary. Because you can't keep a man with his gifts at bay for long, KP's violent assault in the second innings showed what he can do. He waved three fingers, threw the ball into the gutter and walked off breezily, high on self-satisfaction. His performance in a losing cause has almost been Lara-esque. He copped a lot of praise for his declaration, but tea was the latest he could declare, so I'm not convinced it's warranted. Going to need tough players in Oz and the player that fits the bill as a fast-bowling all rounder at no 8 is Dave Willey. "There's plenty of rattle out there," says Mike Atherton, who has access to the stump cam. "Anderson and Clarke going at each other hammer and tongs." <noframe>Twitter: Jonathan Agnew - If the ICC still fail to see what a stupid bad light rule they have introduced, they never will. Stuart Broad is one wicket away from the most unexpected five-for. It's been a well judged innings: breezy at first and then a supporting role once Pietersen arrived. He will relish the ball coming on to the bat – as it surely will in Brisbane in just three months' time (where he will bring up a century of Tests). England need 115 from 114 balls. Catch live and detailed score report of Australia vs England 5th Test 2013, Australia tour of England and Scotland only on ESPNcricinfo.com. Today they lift the Ashes. "Not sure 2011 against India was that much of a collective - even when England scored over 700, two players scored over 50% of the runs, and in the 591 two players scored over 69% of the runs. OVER 4: AUS 5/0 (Warner 4* Watson 0*) "Stand up if you're 3-0 up," is the current Barmy Army chant. 1010 The umpire Kumar Dharmasena says there are too many wet patches in the outfield for them to start on time. This time last year the England dressing-room had a complete breakdown in their relationship with Kevin Pietersen. A leg-bye from the over continues Australia's flying start. If I were Clarke I would certainly give England another bat this evening, maybe 20 overs, so that Harris and Siddle can try to put more hurt on Cook, Root and Trott. That really is absurd, especially in view of what happened on Friday. This is one-day cricket now, and that's Faulkner's area of expertise. Two balls later a vicious delivery from Lyon to Trott hits body and possibly glove before landing safely on the off side. Just three from that over. If McGrath and Warne had been in Australia’s team, England would never have gone for this.". ... 5th Test: Match drawn, The Oval. Jonathan Trott – Like Alastair Cook, he's enduring a curious summer. I think since 2011 England's record is something like W11 L7. If, as seems likely, he will spend time batting with strokemakers pretty much all the way down to Nathan Lyon, his low-risk, no-backlift style will be crucial in balancing the order come the return series. Actually, I think they have already: they are all embracing on the balcony. It generally is just personal preference. Release date: 25 August 2013. He's going to. Two balls later he works a nice boundary through midwicket. OVER 139: ENG 363/8 (Swann 25* Anderson 0*) That was the last ball of the over. Prior, who received England's Player of the Year award before the first Test against New Zealand in May, has gone the whole summer without making a half-century. I really hope he gets a hundred today. Anderson twisted in his follow through, dived to his right and took the ball with a telescopic arm. Looked much more fluent in the second innings, two decent knocks. Prior seems to be settling down after that slightly manic start. The tour leaves in October he has to be shown fit by late September at the latest - with a back stress fracture I have big doubts about this. OVER 6: AUS 15/0 (Warner 10* Watson 3*) Broad gives Warner a bit of width and is punished with a flashing cut for four. Seriously though, I just think that decent teams find a way to win even when they don’t play brilliantly (Man Utd etc. OVER 23: AUS 111-6 (Clarke 28* Starc 13*) Clarke clatters Broad just past the diving Anderson at mid off. Cook decides not to review; replays show he was right. If Clarke was serious about England chasing, then he should have left them 200 off 50 or more.". OVER 15: AUS 68-4 (Clarke 5* Smith 1*) The lead is 183, with 50 overs remaining. What a downright weird end to the series. Finn and Tremlett included in fifth Ashes Test squad as England call up uncapped duo Kerrigan and Woakes. England are having some fun with the bat. The trouble with Bairstow is that he has a clear technical problem, and those tend to get found out at the highest level. Jimmy Anderson – He used helpful conditions to run through his repertoire of inswing and outswing, the ball on a piece of invisible string. Pass the Taste The Difference marmalade, darling. Watson drives him over long-on for a huge six, smears four more through midwicket and then gets a leading edge over the slip cordon for another boundary. It's almost hard to comprehend quite how good a series he has had. <noframe>Twitter: Michael Vaughan - Perfect time now to bowl Kerrigan ... <a href="http://search.twitter.com/search?q=Ashes" target="_blank">#Ashes</a></noframe> OVER 17: AUS 78-4 (Clarke 11* Smith 5*) England have bowled really well in this innings, Anderson and Broad in particular. If England really go for it, the risk of losing is significantly greater than the chance of winning - sufficiently greater to justify not doing so. It's going to be more than a little lively when England enter the Gabbatoir for the first Test on November 21. OVER 10: ENG 43/1 (Cook 16* Trott 15*) Trott hooks Siddle in the air but well wide of leg gully for four. Prior is unhappy, the crowd are slowly mislaying the plot. Could they be suckered into an unrealistic chase? After a few of those in that over, Bell drives Faulkner just over the leaping Warner at mid-off for four. People Shane Watson, Steve Smith That takes the lead to 226, and there are 44 overs remaining. OVER 7: AUS 31/0 (Warner 11* Watson 19*) Think of a number. That was far too good for Ryan Harris, who was promoted up the order. OVER 22: AUS 100-6 (Clarke 22* Starc 8*) Starc mows Swann not far short of Pietersen at long off and then blitzes a boundary straight down the ground. England vs Australia: 2013 Ashes 5th Test cricket live scores, blog - Day 5. Trott goes for 59 from 87 balls. But Prior was standing back and Starc was able to get back. OVER 143: ENG 377/9 (Swann 34* Kerrigan 1*) Kerrigan is almost bowled in strange circumstances. OVER 129: ENG 299/6 (Prior 25* Broad 0*) The new batsman is Stuart Broad. If they were truly prepared to lose to win they would have set England 180 in 50 overs. That was a breezy, enjoyable knock from Prior: 47 from 56, with a nice hint of arrogance. <noframe>Twitter: Andy Zaltzman - If Aus do lose, they'll lose the series 4-0, having had 4 first-innings leads, and without England scoring 400 in any innings.</noframe> OVER 30: ENG 145/2 (target 227 from 44 overs; Trott 48* Pietersen 50*) The last hour has begun, although we can go beyond 1936 if Australia haven't bowled the last 15 overs in that time. There's a lot of talk about how admirably positive Australia have been compared to England. FOW 206/5. Shane Warne's breakthrough game at Colombo in 1992 is the closest I can think of off the top of my fuzzy head. Is this actually happening? Records includes the following current or recent matches: England v Australia at The Oval, 5th Test, Aug 21-25, 2013 [Test # 2094]England v Australia at Chester-le-Street, 4th Test, Aug 9-12, 2013 [Test # 2093]England v Australia at Manchester, 3rd Test, Aug 1-5, 2013 [Test # 2092] I think they need to take an even bigger risk to tempt England: 180 in 60, something like that. What if you go for it, lose your fifth wicket with 15 overs remaining and then Lyon and Harris knife through the lower order on a wearing pitch? No big shots, just good placement and lung-busting ones and twos. Passed fifty for the first time since Lord's in the first innings. Scores of 25 and 34, but still couldn't push on. Prior continues to play his strokes, clipping two through midwicket - that means England have sucked the last bit of life out of the match avoided the follow-on - and then slashing an uppercut over the cordon for four. "In this situation there must be some comon sense." Trott and Cook work him for consecutive threes to keep England pretty close to the required rate. "Warne's comments are always good for a laugh but his latest is best in show. Yes, that's it! Michael Clarke – Perhaps taking some criticism from home to heart, he was uncharacteristically unsmiling at the toss and an angry sledger in the field. It will not be a tea party. Eleven from the over; that's excellent cricket. Mitchell Starc is going to open the bowling. That's the first of five dot balls - but then Pietersen fizzes a full ball off the pads through midwicket for four. OVER 29: ENG 142/2 (target 227 from 44 overs; Trott 48* Pietersen 47*) Shane Watson, whose economy rate in this series is below two an over, comes into the attack for the first time in the match. Two from his first over. He has 34 from just 19 balls. It formed part of the 2013 Australian tour of England, which also included the 2013 ICC Champions Trophy, five One Day Internationals and two Twenty20 Internationals.. With a bit of luck, he will be a real handful and will be up in the 300 club by the end of his next home Ashes. England are going to review. OVER 126: ENG 289/5 (Bell 43* Prior 17*) Prior seems intent on hitting his way back into form. More of the same in November please! Kept his head when KP and Trott were taking the game away from Australia on Sunday evening. It was a fine delivery: fast, full and reversing through the gate to knock the middle stump over as Broad went for a big drive. "227 isn't a bad score in an ODI, but on a fifth-day wicket, with no fielding and bowling restrictions? Bell walked across his stumps to Faulkner, who was bowling around the wicket, and got a thin tickle down the leg side. Actually he didn't even throw at the wicket; he instinctively lobbed it over the stumps, which would have been fine if Matt Prior was there. We don't have a No6, and the top seven haven't really functioned as a collective since that India series two years ago. August 31, 2013 6:00 am / Leave a comment. <noframe>Twitter: Michael Vaughan - I reckon a 1130 start .. Australia lead by 201. He will claim that none of that matters, but look at his face in interviews as captain and when walking off having made another nothing score like 25. In Ashes 2013, this is the first time that bad weather conditions have helped the Australians. Mitchell Starc – Might he, like Mitchell Johnson with whom he shares more than just a first name and a left-arm over actions, be destined to be a raw quick, always mixing up the unplayable with the ordinary? in the last eight overs England have made only 35 runs. They functioned as a collective over the whole series, if not a specific match; there were five centurions in the series. Prior walks across his stumps to hustle Faulkner to the fine-leg boundary. Walter Mitty could barely have played better. They all seem pretty happy with life, and so they should. There may be much to be said for taking a more aggressive approach, but playing against type isn't easy – especially with plenty else to think about – and the strain may have shown in his missing a good one to be bowled (again) in the first dig. I was having a moment. It's pretty tempting to keep him out of the attack while Watson is at the crease. "Shot, but wrong caddy," backtracks Warne. A high full toss from Starc - a no-ball - is sliced for four by Woakes. I love this ground, man. They can't make the law up as they go along. OVER 16: AUS 74-4 (Clarke 10* Smith 2*) Another excellent sweep from Clarke races through square leg for four. Team England's reintegration into the loving bosom of Mother Cricket starts in Australia in November. Haddin plunged to his left to take a wonderful one-handed catch just above the turf. Peter Siddle – He demanded respect with a lovely line and length that pulled batsmen forward but was never quite there to drive. We all want to feel special; we don't want to feel like a special case. Later in the over he plays another lovely flick through square leg for four. Faulkner misses a charge at his third ball, which keeps really low and scuttles between Prior's legs for four byes. Bye! Three from the over. We want to hear what you think. A fair point. As ever over goes by without a declaration, this rejigging of the batting order looks more and more like a PR gesture. <noframe>Twitter: Damien Martyn - Outstanding Australia <a href="http://www.twitter.com/MClarke23" target="_blank">@MClarke23</a> <a href="http://www.twitter.com/darren_lehmann" target="_blank">@darren_lehmann</a> positive thoughtful cricket moving the game forward .. It's his 27th dismissal of the series, one short of the world record, and Bell ends a career-defining series with 545 runs at 68.12. Australia lead by 130. Thanks lads, as a Pom living in Oz, I have come out nine six packs of Coopers Pale Ale to the good! For now Starc continues and Bell is fortunate not to be run out. So get down to the Oval and start the party England fans... <a href="http://search.twitter.com/search?q=Ashes" target="_blank">#Ashes</a>.</noframe> 1030 What would be your highlight of the series? Australia should declare now. England go at 2 an over on day 3 and 5 an over today when it doesn't matter <a href="http://search.twitter.com/search?q=timidandterrified" target="_blank">#timidandterrified</a></noframe> OVER 141: ENG 368/9 (Swann 26* Kerrigan 0*) Simon Kerrigan is cheered to the wicket and cheered again when he manages to defend his first ball. He thick-edges a good outswinger from Broad all along the floor to gully, and then there's an appeal for caught behind from a very full delivery. That said, I think they have done well so far; they have played with controlled aggression and if they get to, say, 100/1 from 20 overs, they could then consider really going for it. My vote would go to Haddin. <noframe>Twitter: Nick Hoult - They say Australia have forgotten how to win. "Can you or one of the armchair experts PLEASE explain to me why we shouldn't have a go at this? OVER 37: ENG 180/4 (target 227 from 44 overs; Bell 4* Woakes 6*) This is apparently the highest-scoring final day in Test history, overtaking Australia's famous chase at Headingley in 1948. He has 45 from 30 balls and it batting like a lord. I much prefer four bowlers and batting depth. The attempt of some former Australian cricketers to undermine Cook is getting pretty tedious. All told, it's probably a good time for both parties to have a couple of months apart before this slightly unfathomable discord - which is much greater than the sum of its parts, and as such all the more confusing - becomes serious. Seems they haven't forgotten how to lose.</noframe> OVER 18: ENG 85/1 (Cook 33* Trott 40*) James Faulkner replaces Michael Clarke. It was also the day he went from very good to truly great. The Man of the Series has to be Bell, with Harris as Australia's MotS. It falls safely and they grab a couple. Oogatz fair. A screaming hoick across the line brings two more. Alastair Cook – I think the word is "conflicted". 1333 This will be a two-and-a-half-hour afternoon session, with tea at 1610. Mind you, I will sleep soundly knowing England have had an excellent 3-0 win! OVER 17: ENG 73/1 (Cook 32* Trott 29*) Cook works two through midwicket. Tea: Australia 111-6 (lead by 226) See you in a few minutes for the final session of the 2013 Ashes. I genuinely don't know what's going off out there. 23rd Aug 2013 4:25pm | By Editor. There is another leg-side delivery later in the over; Aleem Dar doesn't call wide but I think he has told Watson that's enough. Scoreboard.com provides The Ashes results, standings, and match details with additional information. Bye! They are going to inspect against at 1100. England and Australia wait anxiously for the ultimate cricketing clash of the year. Andrew Strauss had his problems with hanging a little on the back foot, before his career-saving 177 in Napier, and Marcus Trescothick was about the best at getting to the ball with an economy of movement. "Favourite Ashes moment is a no-brainer - Stubro's amazing bowling at Durham. And in that series, Bresnan scored 53 not out, 11 and 90." Later in the over he is beaten, trying to cut a ball that keeps a touch low and cramps him for room. The game is heading for a draw, but it's doing so with a spring in its step and a twinkle in its eye. England vs Australia: 2013 Ashes 5th Test cricket live scores, blog - Day 2. The ball popped off a length at Warner, who pushed it in the air back whence it came. How negative is this from England?? OVER 3: AUS 4/0 (Warner 4* Watson 0*) Australia have half their team padded up, including Smith, Faulkner and Haddin. He looks in the mood to be the hero. OVER 123: ENG 273/5 (Bell 41* Prior 3*) I wonder how quickly Michael Clarke will turn to Peter Siddle, who has the wood on Matt Prior. I'm not sure England would try to chase even that, never mind, say, 190, from 45. It was an immense feat of physical and particularly mental strength, up there with the the finest performances by an England bowler in the last 30 years. Monday, 6 January 2014. with his 28th dismissal of the series! Cook whipped around a straight one and was plumb LBW. OVER 8: ENG 37/1 (Cook 17* Trott 10*) Peter Siddle is on for Mitchell Starc. England need just 33 in just five overs. OVER 26: ENG 116/2 (target 227 from 44 overs; Trott 43* Pietersen 27*) Pietersen aborts a pull from a slower bouncer from Starc. If even someone as relentlessly pessimistic as you thinks it’s on then I’m of to get some celebratory beer.". OVER 5: ENG 22/1 (Cook 10* Trott 0*) The new batsman is Jonathan Trott. Ashes by Embrace is blaring around the Oval, which after its unofficial part in the 2005 series is always guaranteed to make the hairs on the neck do their thing. The crowd are going to lose the plot if the umpires take the players off. ), and poor teams or lacking in confidence teams will find a way to lose. OVER 34: ENG 163/2 (target 227 from 44 overs; Trott 53* Pietersen 62*) Faulkner is bowling beautifully, with lots of yorkers and slower balls. You can score a hatful of runs and still lose Test matches (Adelaide comes to mind), but if you can reduce the opposition to 200 all out, scoring 300 is a good lead... You are quite right though, it is all about personal preference, and it is hard to argue against four bowlers in the last few years, I'm just mindful of a bowler having a bit of mare, and then the workload increases hugely for the other three due to the lack of cover.". 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