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

14:17

Mr Predictor Next Man out


BA Stokes or JE Root 

Mr Predictor says Root

14:07

Next man in - Ben Stokes

14:06

Burns caught out


Burns miscues a pull off Hazlewood as it loops to Mitchell Marsh... goes for 47

14:05

100 up

First box ticked. Burns and Root need to carry on now

13:58

Stat Attack - Root fastest (as per time) ever to scale 7,000 Test runs

Joe Root brings up 7,000 Test runs. Just the 12th England batsman to achieve the feat. Gets there in 86 matches and six and a half years (the fastest ever).

13:50

Root has to captialise on his luck today



ENG 89-1 (27.0 Overs)


Burns 42, Root 31

13:47

England inching towards hundred

13:44

Oh my Lord! Lady Luck shinning on the England captain

Root dropped for the third time... the toughest of the lot.... Smith drops him at 2nd slip off Siddle

13:06
13:06

Lunch Update

Australia's decision of bowling first after winning the toss was questionable, given a dry pitch. They would have expected to snaffle at least three wickets in the first session and could well have but for the two dropped chances that can prove to be super expensive on a batting-friendly Kia Oval pitch.

Had you told England that they would end at 86 runs for the loss of just one wicket at the end of the first session after being put in to bat, they would have been overjoyed. Root, along with Burns, now needs to make the most of the dropped chances and notch up his maiden ton in Ashes 2019.

Back in 40 minutes.

13:03

Lunch Break

ENG 86-1 (25.0 Overs)


Root 28, Burns 42

12:54

Bowling change

Nathan Lyon has the ball in hand for the first time in the match.

12:53

Root has had a couple of lucky escapes



ENG 84-1 (23.0 Overs)



Root 26, Burns 42

12:52

Root dropped AGAIN!

A short and wide ball from Cummins... Root hangs his bat out without any intent... the edge was flying to Warner at 1st slip when Tim Paine went at it with his right hand and spilled it.

12:47

50 partnership up

Both Burns and Root have been positive and have pounced on loose balls. Sensible battaing, but still a long way to go.

12:42

Shocker! Siddle drops Root

Cummins bowls a perfect bumper... Root pulls... top edges... at a comfortable height to Siddle at deep fine leg... fluffed... Can be a costly drop.

12:37

Mr Predictor Next Man out


RJ Burns or JE Root 

Mr Predictor says Burns

12:31

England going well

ENG 63-1 (18.0 Overs)

Root 21, Burns 28

12:20

Bowling change

Pat Cummins comes in for his second spell

12:09

50 up

England reach 50 in the 14th over. The conditions are good for batting at the Kia Oval and the hosts have to cash in on the start.

12:06

Bowling change

Mitchell Marsh into the attack for the first time in the series

12:04

Drinks

England are just one shy of 50. Both Root and Burns have been positive. Gradually, as the batting unit gains more confidence, they have a chance of putting up their most impressive batting performance here on a pitch that has been true till now.

ENG 49-1 (13.0 Overs)

Burns 22, Root 13

11:57
11:50

Bowling change

Josh Hazlewood back for his second spell

11:49

Root starts off with a couple of cuts that race away to the point boundary

ENG 38-1 (10.0 Overs)

Burns 15, Root 9

11:45

Denly's dismissal

Joe Denly looked awkward against the in-swinger but it was ultimately the full ball outside off that saw him throw his bat and give his wicket away. Was there to be hit from Cummins but the feet didn't go.

11:43

Next man in - Joe Root

11:42

Denly goes

Denly edges to Smith at first slip off Cummins... goes for 14

11:34

Bowling change

Peter Siddle into the attack

11:28

A rivalry like no other

11:24

The ball isn't doing much


ENG 11-0 (5.0 Overs)


Burns 4, Denly 7

11:24
11:18

Umpire gives Rory Burns out LBW off Hazlewood... looks a bit high... Burns reviews... and yes indeed, going over off... Burns survives

11:16

Mr Predictor - Next Man out

RJ Burns or JL Denly

Mr Predictor says Denly

11:13

Mitchell Marsh's first touch... a cracking drive from Denly... great stop from Marsh... brimming with energy... will play a crucial role at some point in the match.

11:10

First boundary comes off Burns' bat. A well-balanced cover drive.

ENG 5-0 (2.0 Overs)


Denly 1, Burns 4

11:09

Match Winner 3-Way

England

Draw

Australia

11:08

Australia already have a short leg in place for Denly. The pitch is not that quick, but the loopy bounce can take it to the close-in fielders.

11:05

First over safely negotiated

ENG 0-0 (1.0 Over)


Burns 0, Denly 0

11:02

Alright then... Pat Cummins with new ball... Rory Burns on strike. What a ball first up! On good length... going across... just beats the outside edge.