5th Ashes Test Preview: Hurting England out to prevent Australia from 'winning' the Ashes

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WHAT IS WRITTEN ON THE ASHES

There are two labels on the trophy. The upper one says, "The Ashes" and the lower one reads:

"When Ivo goes back with the urn, the urn;
Studds, Steel, Read and Tylecote return, return;
The welkin will ring loud,
The great crowd will feel proud,
Seeing Barlow and Bates with the urn, the urn;
And the rest coming home with the urn."

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England Team Training at the Kia Oval, London ahead of the 5th Ashes Test tomorrow

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 Australian Team Training at the Kia Oval, London ahead of the 5th Ashes Test tomorrow

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Join us for the live In-play of the 5th Ashes Test at the Kennington Oval, London at 10:00 BST on Thursday...

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There's a huge difference between winning the Ashes and retaining them. What do Root & Co want the headlines to be at the end of the 5th Test?

The foremost motivation for England would be to prevent Australia from winning the Ashes. Mind you, Australia are yet to win an Ashes series in England since 2001 though they have retained them. The English team would try their best to win the last game to not only draw level but also lay claim for individual spots for the upcoming tour of New Zealand in October.

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An overhaul round the corner?

England players have been backed for the last Ashes Test despite some ordinary returns in the series till now. Logically, the Ed Smith-led English selection committee has made the right move by not making any changes to the English squad for the last Test as that would have only put fresh faces under the pump in a series that could not be won anymore. It is better to show faith in the existing bunch of players and give them a last shot to salvage pride.

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Will Woakes come back in for Overton at Kennington Oval?

We are still up for this [final] Test. We want to stop them winning the Ashes, that's the main message for us going into the Oval. We have to show the fight we had today. That support we had today was really loud, and actually got us further through than we should have. That was really good and hopefully they come back on day one, and we will keep fighting to stop them winning. - Craig Overton

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Is this directed at Warner?

As Australian Test cricketers, you've still got to perform but … whether it makes a difference that we won the Ashes or not, time will tell. You've still got to perform whether you're young or a veteran but we also have to recognise they are young batsmen and it's a really tough school and hopefully they'll come through at some point. - Justin Langer

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These shoulders have lifted the lion's share of the team's load this season. No wonder even they are beginning to wobble...

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Roy and Denly have a lot of ground to cover


England's batting troubles have not been an overnight creation and will take time to get sorted. Likewise, in the absence of bowling maestro James Anderson and injuries to probable replacements Mark Wood and Olly Stone, they are not left with great acumen in the bowling department as well. Jack Leach and Moeen Ali are competing with each other for the lone spinner's spot with daylight following them.

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Nowhere to hide in a 5-match series


This is one of the reasons why the purists advocate five-match series. Over the course of that, things lie naked in front of the eyes of both players and viewers and there is little that you can hide.

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We showed character at Old Trafford - Joe Root

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A fight is not enough


Be it on the last day of the fourth Test or at Lord's or at Headingley, fight is something that England have shown throughout. However, it is is time to concede that there has been a clear gap in quality between the two teams in this Ashes which has only been more and more prominent as the series has gone forward.

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Under the Southern Cross

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Is Nathan Lyon 100% fit for the final Test?

The Australian bowling looks settled with Mitchell Starc doing quite well at Old Trafford. It is quite possible that Australia decide to be unchanged for the last Test subject to the finger injury of Nathan Lyon.

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Australia's house in order except for the openers

Everything on this tour seems to have gone Australia's way except their opening combination. They are likely to persist with Marcus Harris and David Warner. Marnus Labuschagne has settled well at the number three spot with Steven Smith proving to be England's nemesis time and again at four. Travis Head and Matthew Wade follow.

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