England vs Australia: 2013 Ashes 5th Test cricket live scores, blog – Day 1

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    England v Australia

    THE OVAL, AUGUST 21-25, 2013

    5th Test - ENG v AUS

    Australia 1st Inn 9/492
    England 1st Inn 377 All Out
    Australia 2nd Inn 6/111
    England 2nd Inn 5/206
    Australia won the toss and elected to bat
    Match Drawn
    England Over:40.0  RR:5.15
    Batsmen Runs B 4s 6s SR
    IR Bell* 17 17 1 0 100.00
    CR Woakes 17 13 1 0 130.77
    Bowlers O M R W Econ
    MA Starc* 7.0 0 48 0 6.86
    SR Watson 5.0 0 22 0 4.40
    Recent Overs:
    2  1  2  4  1  1  | 1  .  .  1  1  .  | 1  2  2  1  4nb  1  .  |
    Last Wicket: Bell, 17 (RO )
    Current Partnership: 36 runs, 27 balls, RR:133.33

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    Australia will search for a consolation win in the final Ashes Test against England at The Oval where the two teams meet for the fifth game from Wednesday.

    We’ll have live scores and commentary of this Ashes Test from The Oval starting at 8pm AEST.

    Pundits had predicted a 5-0 scoreline at the start of the series.

    A drawn Test at Old Trafford put paid to that prediction but more vitally, the series has been a far more hard-fought one than what 3-0 suggests.

    With a little more luck, and a little more experience, it could well have been 2-2 and we would have been staring at the prospect of a delicious finale at The Oval.

    That said, England have played the big moments well. Very well, in fact.

    What’s helped the hosts, and in no small measure, is the Australian batsmen’s inability to do the same.

    They collapsed in the first innings at Trent Bridge when they had a chance to dictate terms, they did that against at Lord’s and then history repeated at Chester-le-Street.

    The capitulation in that Chester-le-Street Test will be most worrying. It either points to the batsmen’s inability to learn from previous or a serious lack of technical nous under pressure.

    It will be interesting to see if Australia can land the killer blow that’s been lacking so far. And there are a couple of changes to that regard.

    There’s no place for Usman Khawaja and Jackson Bird and their place has been taken up by bowling all-rounder James Faulkner and Mitchell Starc.

    It’s an interesting change because, on paper, it reduces the batting strength of a side which is already struggling for runs.

    But the other way of looking at it is that Khawaja’s bat has yielded 46 runs in his last four innings and it cannot get too much worse than that from Faulkner. Plus he provides a bowling option that would have otherwise gone missing because of Shane Watson’s groin injury.

    What the selection of Watson shows is that he continues to remain important to the side’s plans as a pure batsman, although there are reports that suggest he should be able to bowl.

    There is one other advantage Australia may derive out of Faulkner’s bowling. As has been on display in the shorter format of the game, Faulkner possesses the ability to bowl cutters and on a dusty Oval track it could prove useful.

    England will be forced to make at least one change to their side too. Tim Bresnan’s injury means Chris Tremlett could be in line for a comeback, although Steven Finn, Chris Woakes and the first-timer Simon Kerrigan are also available.

    Bresnan’s injury almost forces England’s hand into retaining and not resting James Anderson. Going into the game with two, relatively new bowlers, may take the edge off their attack.

    The lack of batting form for Alastair Cook and Jonathon Trott has been repeated ad nauseam and also under some kind of pressure will be Joe Root and Jonny Bairstow. One almost gets a sense that one of these four is in line to get a big one this game.

    Ian Bell continues to torment Australia as much as Shane Warne had done to him and he will be gunning for a record, fourth Ashes century in the series.

    Follow the live score and blog of the first day’s play of the final Ashes 2013 Test from 8 pm AEST. You can join me for this live blog and post your comments below.

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    • Roar Guru

      Suneer Chowdhary said | 3:23am | ! Report

      Australia have dictated the day, one of the very few this series. They end on 4/307 thanks mainly due to Shane Watson’s cracking 176 and partly thanks to the unbeaten 66 from Steven Smith.

      It was the fourth wicket stand between Watson and Smith that took the day away from England, with the pair adding 145 for it. Watson offered a chance to Cook in the first slip and that spill cost England dear.

      Broad bowled well, continuing from Durham, and apart from getting Watson out, he also set up Clarke’s wicket. Anderson grabbed two while Swann got rid of Rogers. Again.

      A word about the two debutants for England; could have been a better day for them. Woakes started off poorly before finding a semblance of line and length ending on 0/52 in 15. Simon Kerrigan was hit for 38 in his first four before his next four were slightly better. Still there were far too many half-trackers, probably thanks to some nerves.

      Australia will look to bat the best part of the second day, probably 70-75 overs and pile on the misery. England have the new ball and Australia have gone in a batsman short – they will look to eke out a couple of early ones tomorrow to restrict them to something in the range of 400-425.

      That’s all from me, will be back with tomorrow’s play. Have a good day/night ahead!

      • 3:28am
        ChrisUK said | 3:28am | ! Report

        Cheers Suneer! Have a good sleep!

      • 9:16am
        Existentialist said | 9:16am | ! Report

        Morning Suneer,

        Woah – 4/307 … Almost “3/298” as I had envisioned 😉 ha!
        Great job Watto and Smithy

        Kerrigan: “the Lax Man” … ‘Cause he concedes a lot of runs

        Lets make the most of this lead and not capitulate

    • 3:17am
      ChrisUK said | 3:17am | ! Report

      Australia’s day no doubt. Flat track, but you have to take advantage. Watson was outstanding. England will want early wickets tomorrow and keep them to ohhhh 400 or so.

      • 3:24am
        expathack said | 3:24am | ! Report

        The way things have been going, Australia could easily be rolled for 350 tomorrow. You just never know with these guys.

        • 3:28am
          ChrisUK said | 3:28am | ! Report

          Always possible! Day one is always the set up day, you know better where the game is going after day two.

    • Roar Guru

      Suneer Chowdhary said | 3:17am | ! Report

      And off the penultimate ball of the day, Siddle gets it through the covers again…

      …for a couple of runs. Did not want to take three and get Smith back on strike.

      Lets the last ball go through to the keeper. End of the day.

      4/307 in 90.

      • Roar Guru

        jeznez said | 3:18am | ! Report

        They bowled 90 in a day!?! I am impressed.

        • Roar Guru

          Suneer Chowdhary said | 3:24am | ! Report

          Impressive stuff for sure. Took only 10-15 minutes over the stipulated close of play.

    • Roar Guru

      Suneer Chowdhary said | 3:15am | ! Report

      The first one is fuller and driven through the covers for a couple by Siddle. The next one is a shorter one, almost lost by Siddle but he manages to play it down to third-man for another two.

      4/305 in the 90th

    • Roar Guru

      Suneer Chowdhary said | 3:13am | ! Report

      Last over of the day’s play then and Broad’s going to bowl. There’s a short-leg in place. And four slips.

      It’s Trott at short-leg and not Bell.

      • 3:17am
        Tatah said | 3:17am | ! Report

        Great day. Thanks for your commentary Suneer!

    • Roar Guru

      Suneer Chowdhary said | 3:10am | ! Report

      Many in-swingers from Anderson at Siddle. Off the third one in the over, Siddle gets some bat on it and through to fine-leg for a four.

      Moves on to 11 from 7.

      4/300 in the 89th

    • Roar Guru

      Suneer Chowdhary said | 3:06am | ! Report

      David Lloyd points out on comms there are three players saving a single. Warne wasn’t too far from the fact then, about Cook and his defensive captaincy.

      Siddle gets one through the slips as he tries to leave the ball and for a four to third-man. Next one, he flicks one through the leg-side for three.

      4/296 in the 88th

    • Roar Guru

      Suneer Chowdhary said | 3:04am | ! Report

      Peter Siddle comes in as the night watch-man. Less than three overs to be bowled.

    • Roar Guru

      Suneer Chowdhary said | 3:01am | ! Report

      Gone, almost against the run of play, Watson’s dismissed!

      This is a huge wicket given the context of the game and the player walking back. Watson gets a short one from Broad and his eyes light up. He goes for the pull. Hits it well too. And it goes to the fine-leg fielder where Kevin Pietersen dives to his left and takes a good catch.

      Interestingly, it’s Trott who usually mans the fine-leg fence, but this was Pietersen there!

      176 for Watson before he got out.

      • 3:03am
        ChrisUK said | 3:03am | ! Report

        After a long and tiring day that’s a seriously good catch.

        Anyway, if any Australians are grudging about Watson, shame on them. That was a brilliant, brilliant innings. Well batted.

        • 3:07am
          Tatah said | 3:07am | ! Report

          Good on ya Chris, it was a great knock. I’ve been a critic and good for Watson, he’s stepped up brilliantly.

          You know what the reaction will be. OK Shane, we know you can do it, do it again!

          • 3:11am
            ChrisUK said | 3:11am | ! Report

            Might be a breakthrough for him. I think he’s a proper cricketer, and although I understand the frustration with him, I still thought him worthy of his place.

        • Roar Guru

          Suneer Chowdhary said | 3:08am | ! Report

          Top knock. After all his travails all through the series (and even before that), really well-played.

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