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5th Ashes Test Day 4: England beat Australia by 135 runs


Woakes in action right after lunch... some swing on offer... bowls a maiden to Smith

AUS 68-3 (22.0 Overs)

Australia need 331 runs

Smith 18, Wade 10


Lunch Update

England's two remaining wickets did not last long in the morning but they certainly won't mind the two sixes from Stuart Broad to set Australia a target of 399.

As expected, Broad accounted for both the openers in quick succession - he seems to have worked out the ideal delivery for the left-handers - angling in and moving away after pitching. Jack Leach has looked good in the limited opportunities that he has got before lunch and has asked a few tough questions of Wade after dismissing Labuschagne. One more wicket and England will be into the Aussie all-rounders.

Back in 40 minutes


Lunch break 

AUS 68-3 (21.0 Overs)

Australia need 331 runs

Smith 18, Wade 10


Funny! Leach almost snatches the ball from the umprie's hand right at the stroke of lunch. Last over before lunch.


Match Winner 3-Way

Labuschagne's dismissal has further pulled thigs in England's favour





A Spitfire and Hurricane plane fly over the ground during the match


Next man in - Matthew Wade


Leachy strikes! Drift...

Flights the ball outside the off-stump to Labuschagne... He tries to reach out and defend.. misses it... his backfoot lifts and Bairstow does the rest


Smith is looking to unsettle Jack Leach's length by coming down the track to him

AUS 55-2 (16.0 Overs)

Australia need 344 runs

Smith 14, Labuschagne 15


Smith miscues!

Steve Smith tries to take on Leach... steps out... makes room... wants to loft it over long off... but the bat turns in his hand... the ball falls short of Broad at long on


50 Up! Australia's top two scorers of the series are out in the middle

AUS 50-2 (12.3 Overs)

Australia need 349 runs

Smith 13, Labuschagne 11


Bowling change

Jack Leach into the attack. Lyon showed that there is enough in this pitch. Leach has to step up to the plate here.


Mr Predictor Next Man out

SPD Smith or M Labuschagne?

If Smith does get out, England can already carve 2-2 under Ashes 2019. That, though, is not likely to happen. So, Mr Predictor says Labuschagne


Bowling change

Sam Curran comes in first change ahead of Chris Woakes. Says a thing or two about the captain's confidence in him.


Stat attack - Australia's opening partnership has averaged 8.50 in Ashes 2019


Next man in - Steve Smith


Broad has Warner on toast, again

Going away... Warner edges... caught in the slips... goes for 11


Broad strikes early

AUS 22-1 (6.0 Overs)

Australia need 377 runs

Warner 11, Labuschagne 0


Next man in - Marnus Labuschagne


Sure enough... Broad hits timber

Broad angles in... the ball pitches and seams aways... Harris loses his off peg


Mr Predictor Next Man out

 DA Warner or MS Harris?

It's tough to comprehend that Warner will end the series with just one half-century. Probably, he will stay a bit longer today. So, Mr Predictor says Harris


Broad bowls a couple of snorters in the first over itself

AUS 3-0 (1.0 Over)

Australia need 396 runs

Warner 2, Harris 0


The Broad v Warner battle resumes... Can Warner hit back?

The two left-handers David Warner and Marcus Harris are out in the middle. Warner has had a terrible run in the series and Harris is batting with a split webbing in his left hand. On top of that, you have Stuart Broad with the ball, who has had left-handers on toast of late.


Australia need 399 to win

The best all-round batting performance from England in the series till now. Contributions from Joe Denly (94), Ben Stokes (67) and Jos Buttler (47).

Fall Of Wickets1-54 (Rory Burns, 16.3 Ov) , 2-87 (Joe Root, 27.2 Ov) , 3-214 (Ben Stokes, 63.6 Ov) , 4-222 (Joe Denly, 66.6 Ov) , 5-249 (JM Bairstow, 72.3 Ov) , 6-279 (Sam Curran, 80.4 Ov) , 7-305 (Chris Woakes, 86.6 Ov) , 8-305 (JC Buttler, 87.1 Ov) , 9-317 (Jofra Archer, 92.3 Ov) , 10-329 (Jack Leach, 95.3 Ov)


England bowled out for 329

Jack Leach tries to slog sweep one off Lyon... skies it... Hazlewood holds on to a good catch


Broad deposits two in the stands off Cummins

This is how the match situation affects the players' mindset. Broad has been tormented with short-pitch bowling from Cummins throughout the series but with the lead inching towards 400, he sits back deep in the crease with an open stance and swings two balls from Cummins in the crowd.


Mr Predictor Match Winner 3-Way

Even if England don't add too many today, the lead is big enough to keep the hosts in the driver's seat unless there is some magic from one or more of the Australian batsmen.





Australia start the day on an ideal note

ENG 317-9 (93.0 Overs)

England lead by 386 runs


Next man in - Stuart Broad


Pat Cummins strikes early

Jofra Archer edges one to Tim Paine off Cummins down the leg side...a faint edge... the umpire rules not out... Australia review... Archer departs


Can Archer claim a 10-wicket match haul?

Jofra Archer and Jack Leach will be key for England's fortunes today. First, they will have the opportunity to take England's lead past 400 and then are likely to end as the leading wicket-takers in the last innings.


Joe Denly looked as good as he ever has in the Ashes yesterday...


England right on top. Day 3 highlights...


Can England close it out today itself?

This is the most dominant position that England have found themselves throughout the Ashes. 400 will be no mean feat for the Aussies to chase down on a day 4 pitch. Just one concern remains, Steve Smith. Nothing seems impossible for the wizard and he stands between England and a drawn Ashes. Join us live...


 A pictorial round up of the 3rd Day's play at the Oval 



Lots of cricket on today - including the 4th Day of the 5th Ashes Test -check out all the pre-match odds here


Bangladesh v Afghanistan at the Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium, Mirpur

Ireland v Netherlands at The Village, Dublin

India v South Africa at the  Himachal Pradesh Cricket Association Stadium, Dharamsala

West Indies Women v Australia Women at the Kensington Oval, Bridgetown



St Kitts and Nevis Patriots v Guyana Amazon Warriors at Warner Park, Basseterre

Jamaica Tallawahs v Barbados Tridents at Sabina Park, Kingston

St Kitts and Nevis Patriots v St Lucia Zouks at Warner Park, Basseterre



CLOSE OF PLAY:  ENG 313-8 (91.0 Overs) - Archer 3*, Leach 5*

England lead by 382 runs

Another enthralling day's Test cricket at the Oval..... join us InPlay tomorrow for what will be another fascinating day.....

England - Fall Of Wickets: 1-54 (Rory Burns, 16.3 Ov) , 2-87 (Joe Root, 27.2 Ov) , 3-214 (Ben Stokes, 63.6 Ov) , 4-222 (Joe Denly, 66.6 Ov) , 5-249 (JM Bairstow, 72.3 Ov) , 6-279 (Sam Curran, 80.4 Ov) , 7-305 (Chris Woakes, 86.6 Ov) , 8-305 (JC Buttler, 87.1 Ov) 



Archer to face the last over of the day.... Cummins to bowl... Archer takes a quick single...


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