England struggle again on day 1 of 5th Ashes Test at the Oval
England struggled again today, with the bat, on the first day of the 5th and final Ashes Test at the Oval.
Neither side performed particularly wel,l as there were poor shots played by some of the England batsmen and dropped chances by the Australian fielders; but by the close of play, England had been reduced to 271-8.
England 271 – 8 (82 overs) - (Joe Root 57 , Jos Buttler 64*; Mitchell Marsh 4-35)
Australia – Still to bat
At the Close – Day 1 - England are 271 for 8
Stumps at the end of a very entertaining day at The Oval!— ICC (@ICC) September 12, 2019
England finish the day 271/8.
Mitchell Marsh took four wickets whilst Root made fifty and Buttler finished 64*. pic.twitter.com/IFSecMm3ev
With Buttler and Leach still unbeaten, there is a chance that England could score 300+ ; whether they will bowl Australia out cheaply enough to maybe have an opportunity to square the series, is anyone's guess.
However, the weather is set fair for the next 4 days, so there is plenty of cricket still left in this match......
England - Rory Burns, Joe Denly, Joe Root(c), Ben Stokes, Jonny Bairstow(wk), Jos Buttler, Sam Curran, Chris Woakes, Jofra Archer, Stuart Broad, Jack Leach
Australia- David Warner, Marcus Harris, Marnus Labuschagne, Steve Smith, Matthew Wade, Mitchell Marsh, Tim Paine(c)(wk), Pat Cummins, Peter Siddle, Nathan Lyon, Josh Hazlewood
Start Time: 11:00
Toss: Australia won the toss and decided to field
Venue: Kia Oval, London
Officials: Handunnettige Dharmasena, Marais Erasmus, Ruchira Palliyaguruge, Alexander Wharf, Javagal Srinath
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