England vs Australia: 2013 Ashes 5th Test cricket live scores, blog – Day 4

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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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    A grinding day of Test cricket on the third day at The Oval brought the possibility of a drawn game closer even as Australia tried hard to work through the English batting defences. We’ll have live scores and updates from 8.00pm AEST.

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    Australia knew they needed to bowl England out or at least get as close to doing that on the third day to keep their hopes of winning a Test this series alive.

    England had a couple of options; one to play aggressively to try and remain in contention for a 4-0 scoreline in their favour or a second one to battle hard and long enough to save the game.

    They went for the latter from the very outset on the third day and their 215/4 runs from 98.3 overs on the day meant it made for some unattractive cricket but effective as far as their strategy is concerned.

    One other factor that would have gone in England playing the way they did on the third day is probably to do with the weakening of their batting, at least on paper, with the exclusion of Jonny Bairstow.

    The fourth day will continue to be important for both teams but Australia know they need a couple of things going their way.

    Firstly, they need the weather to remain decent. The issue with that is that the forecast for Saturday is for rains and play could be held up for a long time, in turn curtailing the number of overs to be bowled.

    Secondly, Australia need wickets and quickly at that. The problem though is that the pitch has played rather slow and while batting hasn’t been the easiest, batsmen can bat long enough if they eschew risk.

    That’s what they did all of third day and that’s exactly what they will try doing the entire fourth day.

    Nathan Lyon could hold the key here, especially if it does not rain. He was getting them to turn and bounce and with some more luck, he will try and trigger an English collapse.

    Not that the task will be too easy given the presence of Ian Bell at the other. Bell has three centuries to his name this series and while he’s only on 29 currently (off 110 balls), he will want to carry on long into the day.

    The English lower-order has played its part in this series too, which implies itmight need Australia something really special to tighten the screws on England.

    Follow the live score and blog of the fourth day’s play of the final Ashes Test from 8.00pm AEST. You can join me for this live blog and post your comments below.

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    • 10:57am
      John Babcock said | 10:57am | ! Report

      Shane Watson making 180 odd is the death nail for Aussie cricket. In a no pressure game on a flat wicket against a bowling attack who who has no need to extend itself and risk injury , Australia is now forced to keep him in the team.

      Good news for England. Secures the next Ashes series too, as he’ll fail again when the pressure is on – more easy Aussie wickets and arrogant internal team attitudes that suffocate new blood.

      • 1:41pm
        Chris said | 1:41pm | ! Report

        If that’s the case, I wish Clarke would have hit a thriple century on this pitch. The pitch is that easy and the bowling unit the weakest, right?

    • Columnist

      Geoff Lemon said | 2:30am | ! Report

      Australia could just declare for 0 tomorrow, even if they don’t get England before the follow-on. If England have, say, 180 to chase in two sessions, they won’t go for it.

    • Roar Guru

      Suneer Chowdhary said | 1:09am | ! Report

      That’s that. End of the fourth day. Unless Australia can bowl England out twice in one day, including taking six wickets for under 45 to enforce a follow-on, this game is as good as a draw.

      Not the kind of day you want any time but at least the scoreline wasn’t 2-2 with this being a decider.

      I will bid you adieu now and will be back one last time this Ashes tomorrow with hopes of a miracle. Australia will want to fight and win some brownie points with the ball, England will want to escape that and Ian Bell to score his fourth Ashes ton this series. Ciao.

    • Roar Guru

      Suneer Chowdhary said | 1:06am | ! Report

      Play has been abandoned for the day.

    • 12:48am
      Tom from Perth said | 12:48am | ! Report

      What’s the go with the weather? Cricket australia said it’s still raining ten minutes ago. Thought it had cleared up?

      • Roar Guru

        Suneer Chowdhary said | 12:57am | ! Report

        It cleared up and started raining again. The last word is it was drizzling.

        • 1:01am
          Tom from Perth said | 1:01am | ! Report

          Bugger. Bloody English weather.

          • 9:12am
            swerve said | 9:12am | ! Report

            To be fair, a couple of days out of 25 in England is a pretty good result. The series in Australia could potentially have more wet weather days than that.

    • Columnist

      Geoff Lemon said | 12:13am | ! Report

      There’s no rain at present, I think it’s been stopped for a while, but the ground itself is very wet. Presumably they need some time for it to drain before they can think about getting the covers off. The water roller is trundling around out there, but not much other movement.

    • Roar Guru

      Suneer Chowdhary said | 12:03am | ! Report

      Still no chance of play and Sky Sports showing the re-run of the Melbourne 2010 Test.

    • 11:36pm
      pope paul v11 said | 11:36pm | ! Report

      At least we have Faye Dunaway, gorgeous

      • 11:45pm
        Nudge said | 11:45pm | ! Report

        What a bugger. English weather hey. Looks like we just have to take 16 wickets tomor for under 240. Go the bloody Aussies

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