5th Ashes Test Day 4: England beat Australia by 135 runs
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
AUS 55-2 (19.0 Overs)
Australia trail by 239 runs
Smith 14, Labuschagne 32
Last over before Lunch
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
Chris Woakes replaces Jofra Archer
Smith and Labuschagne are settling in gradually
AUS 35-2 (13.0 Overs)
Smith 12, Labuschagne 15
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.
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.
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)
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.
Can Buttler notch up a ton today?
A glimpse of Jos Buttler’s destructive best has kept his side in the fifth Ashes Test, despite the dynamic England batter conceding he has endured a difficult series to date: https://t.co/5ptX9wf5li pic.twitter.com/7Wi2GS6ERc— cricket.com.au (@cricketcomau) September 13, 2019
Punter on Mitchell Marsh's late burst that swung things in Australia's favour.
End of Play Score - Day 1 - 5th Test at the Oval: ENG 271-8 (82 Overs) - JC Buttler 64*, Jack Leach 10*
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