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    5th Test - AUS v ENG

    Australia 1st Inn 326 All Out
    England 1st Inn 155 All Out
    Australia 2nd Inn 276 All Out
    England 2nd Inn 166 All Out
    England won the toss and elected to bowl
    Australia won by 281 runs
    England Over:31.4  RR:5.24
    Batsmen Runs B 4s 6s SR
    WB Rankin* 0 2 0 0 0.00
    JM Anderson 1 1 0 0 100.00
    Bowlers O M R W Econ
    RJ Harris* 9.4 4 25 5 2.59
    NM Lyon 9.0 0 70 2 7.78
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    Last Wicket: Rankin, 0 (c:Clarke b:Harris)
    Current Partnership: 0 runs, 2 balls, RR:

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    The final Ashes Test over two legs of the series is upon us and Australia will go into this game in Sydney as heavy favourites to clinch it over England by a 5-0 margin. Join us for live scores and commentar from 10.30am AEDT.

    It’s been a sorry series for the visiting English side and while they have been clean swept 5-0 by Australia as recently as in 2006-07, it was a team ranks among the best in the history of the game.

    This one is a solid side, but a work in progress and for England to capitulate so meekly over the course of the first four Tests has come out as a shock.

    Things were a tad different in the previous game though, with England gaining some advantage by the end of the second day. They were still ahead by 91 runs when stumps were drawn but more vitally Australia had fallen to nine wickets down.

    Things changed dramatically on the third day.

    First Brad Haddin and Nathan Lyon chipped at the lead to reduce it to 51 before being bowled out. And then England were sent packing from 5/173 to 179 all out, and that was after they had got up to 1/86 at one stage.

    Australia required 231 for a win, and there was enough on offer for the fielding team in terms of chances but England refused to hold on to them and were swept aside to an eight-wicket loss.

    In the recently concluded series between South Africa and India, when Zaheer Khan was queried what he needed to do in order to get rid of his purported bunny, the left-arm pacer had joked, he just needed to turn up.

    From a position in which they could dictate terms to one of a feeble surrender took England less than one and a half days coming.

    As things currently stand, England seem like in a situation that’s no different.

    On a man to man basis, Australia might seem a little ahead on paper at home but there’s not too much to suggest that they are miles ahead. And yet, the psychological scars from what has been dished out to them by the likes of Mitchell Johnson and co. has left them almost wishing the series wasn’t this long.

    And that’s where Australia have scored. They have been relentless in their pursuits and on the rare occasions they have fallen behind, they have recovered because of the confidence they possess, having known how to get over those situations.

    So come the fifth Test match, it would be no surprise if we see a repeat of one of the previous games. With the same result.

    There could be changes in both sides, one to injuries and the other because they aren’t left with too many options.

    If Shane Watson and Ryan Harris fail to recover in time, we could see James Faulkner and Nathan Coulter-Nile joining the starting 11 but the chances look a little remote. Alex Doolan’s also a part of the side but unless Australia want to make three changes to their playing 11, it may not make sense to bring him in.

    England have question-marks over many of the places in the side.

    Can Michael Carberry start converting his starts?

    Will Joe Root get scoring a tad more quickly for his number three spot?

    How will Ian Bell turn up after the horrendous shot he played to get out in Melbourne?

    Will Matt Prior get a look-in ahead of Jonny Bairstow?

    Could the management bring in Steven Finn or Boyd Rankin for Tim Bresnan?

    Is Monty Panesar fit, and if not, will Scott Borthwick get a Test cap?

    Join me for the first day of the fifth Ashes 2013-14 Test on Saturday and you can follow live scores of this game from 10.30am AEDT and post your comments below.

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    • 11:12am
      ArieMargo said | 11:12am | ! Report

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    • 1:47pm
      Sid said | 1:47pm | ! Report

      Does anyone have a good photo from Day 1 at SCG of the whole England cricket team with the children in front of the team…grandson was part of the official Anthem ceremony and cant seem to find photos of it…mainly the Aussie line up only. Too far away to get our own photos to have as a memento…cheers.

    • 7:08pm
      jamesb said | 7:08pm | ! Report

      Stokes has been a real fine for England. Consequently, Steve “Tugger” Smith is coming along just nicely.

      • Roar Guru

        jeznez said | 7:28pm | ! Report

        ‘Tugger’ doesn’t really work despite having the first name Steve. Perhaps ‘Blackie’?

        • 7:48pm
          formeropenside said | 7:48pm | ! Report

          Ï still prefer agricultural

        • 11:06pm
          Blaze said | 11:06pm | ! Report

          I’ll go with Steve “Judy dench” smith. Spitting image.

    • Roar Guru

      Suneer Chowdhary said | 6:12pm | ! Report

      That’s a typical day in the office for Australia this series. Lose early wickets, have one of the top-order batsman find support from at least one of the lower-order batsmen in recovering and propping up the total and then troubling the English batsmen with raw pace.

      It was Steven Smith today, who aided the Australian recovery from a precarious 5/97, and had Brad Haddin for support. Haddin made another half-century and pushed his series aggregate to second in the list behind David Warner. Smith scores his third century across these two Ashes series and while Ben Stokes came on to take six wickets, England will be mighty disappointed with what they allowed Australia to get to.

      England had gone into the game with three debutants, of which one, Boyd Rankin hobbled off twice because of a hamstring injury and looks doubtful to bowl again in the game. The other, a leggie in Scott Borthwick, got himself the wicket of Mitchell Johnson but that was his only highlights in an otherwise modest start to his career.

      The tourists had six overs to survive and Michael Carberry was done in with some pace as he fended one off to the leg-slip fielder, where Lyon took an excellent catch, diving to his right.

      Long day ahead for England tomorrow on a pitch that definitely has something for the quicks. Some areas of the pitch are allowing for a lot of bounce and combine that with speeds of more than 140 km/hr, could be a tester for England. Australia will consider themselves to be on top at this stage.

      I will be back with the second day’s play tomorrow. Till then, have a good time ahead!

    • 6:10pm
      Cantab said | 6:10pm | ! Report

      Mixed feelings about night watchmen, but think it was the right call for England, Anderson has as much chance as anyone this series to get through a couple of over there.

    • Roar Guru

      Zee said | 6:05pm | ! Report

      What a beauty of a day, next two days I will be @ the SCG …

      God help Mitch Johnson & Alastair Cook.

      • 6:19pm
        TheTruth said | 6:19pm | ! Report

        Enjoy and if you’re not in the members section, pack your lunch 😀

        Don’t forget to slip,slop,slap.

        Australia will be catching them in the slips.

        England will serve up slop.

        And Mitch will give them a slap

    • Roar Guru

      Suneer Chowdhary said | 6:03pm | ! Report

      And that’s that, Anderson has managed to stave off the last couple of deliveries to end the day with England on 1/8 in reply to Australia’s 326.

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