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

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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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    With rain disrupting the entire Day 4’s play at The Oval, the final Ashes Test is meandering towards a draw unless a quirk of fate sees England repeat some of their worst performances against Australia in Test cricket. We’ll have live scores and updates from 8.00pm AEST.

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    Australia will be ruing the weather. They had a decent chance of pulling one back at Old Trafford and inclement weather ruined it for them.

    Then they had an opportunity to run the English side close in this fifth Test too but the whole of fourth day ended without a ball bowled.

    What this means is that only 13 wickets have fallen over the first four days and even if Australia declare their second innings after just one ball, they will be left with the onerous task of picking up 16 English wickets on the final day.

    Even if we consider for a moment it’s a possibility worth examining, it must be added the pitch hasn’t had anything to offer. There’s been some turn for Nathan Lyon but swing has pretty much disappeared and even with the sweating under the covers, it wouldn’t have made it unplayable.

    What Australia could realistically try is to embarrass the English batsmen in the lead-up to the next series Ashes that will be begin almost as soon as this one gets over.

    Bowling them out quickly will be excellent for starters. To be able to enforce the follow-on will be even better. And if they could get the English dressing room nervous with a few second innings wickets, they would have done their job.

    Look at it from England’s point of view. The way they batted on the third day – before the rains spoiled the fun – they look in no mood to compromise the chance of winning the series 3-0 by risking a defeat at the expense of going in for a 4-0 win.

    And that may not change even now. Ian Bell and the rest of the batsmen will look to bat as deep into the day as possible while if it comes down to their second innings, out-of-form stalwarts Alastair Cook and Jonathon Trott will hope to get a not-out against their names.

    It will be interesting to see whether throw the bait at England. Say, a target of 175-200 in 60 overs to go after. And more interestingly if England then attempt it.

    Of course any of the above will only be possible if the rain stays away and does not take the life out of a Test match already on its death-bed.

    Follow the live score and blog of the fifth day’s play of the final Ashes 2013 Test from 8.00pm AEST. You can join me for this live blog and post your comments below.

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    • Roar Guru

      Suneer Chowdhary said | 5:36am | ! Report

      That’s it from me…it’s been an absolute pleasure covering it here. The enthralling cricket and your comments and feedback have kept me going, especially towards the end of the day’s play, everyday!

      Thanks to all the support from Ronan and Geoff who have been exceptional in their coverage of the Ashes this series for The Roar and everyone else who left their feedback on the site and had insightful and thought-provoking discussions on the site.

      I will be back for the T20Is and the ODIs, so we still have seven matches of coverage to go – while limited overs cricket may not be as enticing as the purest form of the game, the England-Australia rivalry and the fact they are more evenly matched in those two formats should make up for it. So do join the coverage starting Thursday, August 29, when the two sides meet at The Rose Bowl for the first T20I.

      Ciao and have a good day, evening, night ahead!

    • Roar Guru

      Suneer Chowdhary said | 5:26am | ! Report

      Right, so there must be a million pictures that must have been clicked by now with the English players at the center of them. The players’ kids are out on the ground too and make for a happy bunch.

    • Roar Guru

      Suneer Chowdhary said | 5:17am | ! Report

      Andy Flower asked about reports that said he was resigning from his job. Says one needs to be in the moment, not think too far ahead.

      In short, he’s opted to keep his cards close to his chest. But he hasn’t denied anything.

    • Roar Guru

      Suneer Chowdhary said | 5:09am | ! Report

      The English team lifts the urn. Fireworks, champagne and a lot of cheering.

    • Roar Guru

      Suneer Chowdhary said | 5:08am | ! Report

      Alastair Cook gets the Investec Ashes Trophy. That should please the team and the sponsor.

      Cook: Would have been nice to win it 4-0. But there are rules and regulations too and fairplay to the umpires and to the Australians for pushing the game to this situation. Our job in the morning was to make life difficult for Australia and make it easier for us to win the game.

      Great support from the crowd and I thank them for it.

      Bell was amazing and the quick bowlers. Would be wrong to name them individually, everyone did their job really well.

      This is the proudest moment of my life.

    • Columnist

      Ronan O'Connell said | 5:07am | ! Report

      And don’t forget to read tomorrow’s bumper 1400-word edition of “Talking Points” over which I have slaved to this ungodly hour!

    • Roar Guru

      Suneer Chowdhary said | 5:05am | ! Report

      Michael Clarke:

      At the end of the day we were looking to win but England played really well and credit to them. Look, the concern from our players was that the reading was taken so late. I am sure the Australian fans would react exactly like the fans here (he’s been booed repeatedly). I think it’s irrelevant what I think of the scoreline, I think England deserves their win especially after taking some criticism before the series.

      No rain in Manchester would have been nice, we got close in Durham too, the squad has done well, cannot complain too. Credit to the way they have played, but more credit to the way England played.

    • 5:03am
      Bustopher said | 5:03am | ! Report

      I’m an Aussie, but I think the way THAT test finished was ridiculous. 4 overs to go, and 21 runs to get with 5 wickets in hand, and a full crowd at Lords, and the umpires stop play due to bad light. England were robbed.

    • Roar Guru

      Suneer Chowdhary said | 4:57am | ! Report

      Ian Bell is England’s man-of-the-series. He’s also won the Compton-Miller award.


      Any time to win the Ashes is a special thing. It was nice to contribute to the wins, was low on runs going into the series but good to score the runs. I felt good with my batting before the series but it was good to get better during the series. I don’t think I was very good eight years ago as a batsman, but good to improve over the years. Australia have been very challenging and we have had to fight for every win.

      Ryan Harris is Australia’s man-of-the-series.

      Harris: Twinge in the right hammy. Not too bad. I wasn’t quite ready for the first Test match which is why I missed it. I am happy to have played four Tests in the series, my goal was to go back home with my teammates tomorrow and not before that. Bowling here has been a tad better than bowling in the sub-continent, little more grass at least.

      • 5:03am
        Sandy said | 5:03am | ! Report

        Awful crowd, absolutely no decency. Clarke gave you a game, and they are booing, shameful, awful people.

        • 5:05am
          ChrisUK said | 5:05am | ! Report

          They’re annoyed at the game being cut short, but they’re booing the wrong target, it’s purely the ICC not Clarke nor the umpires. Shame to hear that though, not fair or reasonable. As Clarke said it’d be the same the other way around, but it doesn’t make it right.

        • 5:05am
          Sandy said | 5:05am | ! Report

          England…Perfidious Albion

      • Roar Guru

        Rob na Champassak said | 5:03am | ! Report

        That gormless clown got England’s Man of the Series? My god, they just give the award away these days.

        • 5:05am
          Clark said | 5:05am | ! Report

          He was clearly the best player in the series, maybe Broad or Anderson you reckon should have got it possibly?

          • 5:06am
            ChrisUK said | 5:06am | ! Report

            Rob has an errrr “issue” with Ian Bell!

            • Roar Guru

              Rob na Champassak said | 5:11am | ! Report

              … utterly pathetic excuse for a cricketer! No talent, no moral fibre, no character. A vapid, vacuous, vaudevillian vampire! W.C. Grace would be rolling in his grave! I never thought I’d see the day; an absolute nadir for Test cricket! What a shambolic state of affairs that…

              • 5:17am
                ChrisUK said | 5:17am | ! Report

                WC Grace? Have you been moonlighting with Are You Being Served DVDs?

              • Roar Guru

                Rob na Champassak said | 5:19am | ! Report

                Unfortunately, I think I have.

                And worst of all, the Best Boy is Ian Bell.

              • 5:21am
                ChrisUK said | 5:21am | ! Report

                Surely that’s Joe Root. With Mrs Slocombe’s…..cat (to avoid moderation!).

              • 5:33am
                Scouser92 said | 5:33am | ! Report

                I love bitter aussies.

              • 7:17am
                Da spoon said | 7:17am | ! Report

                Aussies would like to see the end of bell. Or bells end. Should set up a bell end club. Plenty of would be members on here.

              • 7:22am
                Da spoon said | 7:22am | ! Report

                Aussies would llove to see the end of bell. Or bells end. Should set up a bell end club LOL!

    • Roar Guru

      Suneer Chowdhary said | 4:54am | ! Report

      Shane Watson wins the man-of-the-match award for his first innings century. Has a grin on his face.


      Was raining the whole day yesterday, did not expect this kind of a day, was an exciting finish. After losing a day to rain, we knew we had to win the game by going after it. The crowd got something to see which was good too.

      Long time since the last 100, had a few deep looks coming into the Test. Been a very challenging period, but that’s the part I love. Enjoy batting at three, enjoy batting anywhere in the top order.

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