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


Lunch Update

After England were bowled out for 294, Jofra Archer did what he does best. Ambled up to the crease to dish out a few 88-90 mph deliveries and claim both the Australian openers. As easy as you like!

Smith and Labuschagne have since consolidated with a 41-run partnership but they have been thoroughly probed by the English pacers. Sam Curran has looked good and has asked some tough questions of the duo. Apart from challenging Smith's pads, he has also led Labuschagne to edge a couple. Batting conditions are good at the Oval and England will have to dismiss one of these two right after Lunch to sneak ahead in the game.

Back in 40 minutes


Lunch Break

AUS 55-2 (19.0 Overs)

Australia trail by 239 runs

Smith 14, Labuschagne 32


Last over before Lunch


*all smiles* Mitchell Marsh


50 up

Australia reach 50 in the 18th over for the loss of both openers. Smith and Labuschagne have held their own amid some probing bowling from the English seamers, not least Sam Curran who has pinged Smith on the pads a couple of times.


Stat attack - The chink in Smith's armour

Smith's average against in-swing: 29

Smith's average against out-swing: 75.5


Bowling change

Chris Woakes replaces Jofra Archer


Smith and Labuschagne are settling in gradually

AUS 35-2 (13.0 Overs)

Smith 12, Labuschagne 15


Bowling change

Local boy Sam Curran has the ball in hand for the first time in the series. Coming in to bowl ahead of Chris Woakes, surprising?


This is the game right here. Australia's two most successful batsmen in this series Smith and Labuschagne are at the crease and England have to dismiss one or both of them to come right back in the match.

AUS 14-2 (8.0 Overs)

Smith 0, Labuschagne 6


Ready for the Archer v Smith contest

The pacer greets Smith with a bumper!


Next man in - Steve Smith


Superb bowling from Archer. He has his second

Great bowling from Archer. Probing line just outside off on good length at 90+ mph. Takes the edge of Marcus Harris and Ben Stokes holds on to a good catch at second slip.


Mr Predictor Match Winner 3-Way





Dismissing Labuschagne will be a big setback for Australia

AUS 14-1 (3.0 Overs)

Harris 3, Labuschagne 6


Next man in - Marnus Labuschagne


England draw first blood

Warner edges a wide delivery from Archer to Bairstow... Umpire gives not out... England review... there's a spike and Warner is a gonner.


Mr Predictor Next Man out

DA Warner or MS Harris

Mr Predictor says Warner


The sun is out and these are great batting conditions

AUS 1-0 (1.0 Over)

Warner 1, Harris 0


Broad v Warner

Warner and Harris out in the middle. So is Broad... Warner's tormenter throughout the series. Can he knock the opener down once again? Warner is coming on the back of three naughts. I reckon things can be different today as these are some of the best conditions for batting here at the Oval.


England are bowled out for 294

After a promising start, they have failed to reach 300 despite half-centuries from Root and Buttler.

Fall Of Wickets:

1-27 (Joe Denly, 8.3 Ov) , 2-103 (Rory Burns, 30.5 Ov) , 3-130 (Ben Stokes, 39.5 Ov) , 4-170 (Joe Root, 56.1 Ov) , 5-176 (JM Bairstow, 59.4 Ov) , 6-199 (Sam Curran, 63.6 Ov) , 7-205 (Chris Woakes, 65.5 Ov) , 8-226 (Jofra Archer, 70.4 Ov) , 9-294 (JC Buttler, 86.1 Ov) , 10-294 (Jack Leach, 87.1 Ov)


Mitchell Marsh claims a five-wicket haul

5-46... his best Test figures. Marsh leads Australia off the field.


Leach plays on

Short of length ball... no room... Leach beaten for pace and chops on


Broad hasn't got a single ball in his half till now

ENG 294-9 (87.0 Overs)

Leach 21, Broad 0


The short ball trap is set for Broad...

Will he fend or pull? I'd say, he should go for it.


Next man in - Stuart Broad


Buttler chops on

Cummins aims a quick delivery at the stumps. Buttler goes for a mighty heave... inside edge onto the pads onto the stumps... goes for 70


Even the new ball is not swinging much. Both Buttler and Leach looking confident. England just 11 short of 300.

ENG 289-8 (85.0 Overs)

Leach 17, Buttler 69


Buttler starts off with a cracking boundary in the first over

ENG 277-8 (83.0 Overs)

Leach 11, Buttler 68


Will England reach 300? Mr Predictor says No!  Why?

It is often seen that wickets tumble quickly on a fresh day. Australia also have the new cherry in hand.


Pat Cummins previews Day 2 for you...


Can Buttler notch up a ton today?


Punter on Mitchell Marsh's late burst that swung things in Australia's favour.


Welcome to the live In-play coverage of Day 2 of the 5th Ashes Test. A full day of Ashes action awaits. The Oval pitch is still holding well.


End of Play Score - Day 1 - 5th Test at the Oval: ENG 271-8 (82 Overs) - JC Buttler 64*, Jack Leach 10*

Can England get to 300+ tomorrow?....and then give the Aussies a run for their money? Join us to find out here.... InPlay....


Score Update: ENG 271-8 (81 Overs) - JC Buttler 64*, Jack Leach 10*


New ball is available... and is taken by Australia..... Pat Cummins to bowl....


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