With the help of Numerology, we are predicting the fifth match of the Ashes 2013. The crowd, whose throats are not as dry as they were earlier, loved seeing that replay. Team England's reintegration into the loving bosom of Mother Cricket starts in Australia in November. The trouble with Bairstow is that he has a clear technical problem, and those tend to get found out at the highest level. At the moment I'd say the batting is our weak point, not the bowling, so I'd be loath to weaken it further. Mind you, the top seven's average and strike rate in 2013 are England's lowest since 2001, so something clearly isn't quite right. Cook whipped around a straight one and was plumb LBW. OVER 35: ENG 166/3 (target 227 from 44 overs; Trott 55* Bell 1*) The new batsman is Ian Bell. The light is fast becoming an issue, and the possibility of a farcical anti-climax should not be discounted. Later in the over he is beaten, trying to cut a ball that keeps a touch low and cramps him for room. Ashes 2013: fifth Test report cards Alastair Cook had another strange Test, Brad Haddin earned his place, Peter Siddle was a joy and Nathan Lyon showed balls … That was pretty abysmal for a fielder of Broad's quality, although in his defence I think he lost sight of it somewhere along the way. That would be an interesting test for them actually, given all the moralising about England's timewasting. They have become dependent on one great performance either in an innings (Pietersen at Galle, Headingley and Mumbai) or a series (Cook in India, Bell here). The Ashes - 5th Test Blog Monday, 26 August 2013. Alastair Cook is on his way, although this might be a blessing in disguise as it brings Kevin Pietersen to the crease. Even Sir Ian Botham thinks England shouldn't necessarily go for it from the first ball. OVER 19: AUS 86-6 (Clarke 15* Starc 1*) Still no sign of Chris Rogers, who has gone the reverse Mark Richardson route in one innings: from opener to No9. I genuinely don't know what's going off out there. He played forward defensively and held the pose, unaware that the ball was rolling back towards the stumps. It's been a strange series, hasn't it? Could they be suckered into an unrealistic chase? The Ashes Zone - which looked a bit naff on the first day - has been even better than the cricket at times, and the masterclasses have been must-see TV. KP gets another boundary, mangling a full toss wide of the diving long on for four. Ryan Harris – Another magnificent exhibition of fast bowling from the British passport holder, who charges in, gets in a full shoulder turn and snaps the wrist to pitch the ball on the proverbial sixpence. Chris Woakes – A pleasing action with good rhythm got the ball to the other end more quickly than many had thought possible. MATCH DRAWN It's getting pretty nasty here. Australia will go after him if he comes on to bowl. Joe Root – He was just about to lay to rest any criticism of his position in the order with a century when a dismal piece of shot selection (an understandable weakness in any young batsman) led to him being suckered by the improving Nathan Lyon. OVER 8: AUS 34/0 (Warner 12* Watson 21*) Warner is smacked on the back by a good short ball from Broad. Mind you, Harris certainly deserves to put his feet up for the rest of the day. Unlike contemporary Philip Hughes, he has always looked more likely to score runs consistently and, now the head is still at the point of contact, he's beginning to use his dead fish eye to smack the ball out of the middle of the bat. Likeliest result a draw, probably, but if there is a winner I’d say it will be England.". You need balls to be spinner and Lyon has shown plenty in taking the humiliation of Trent Bridge and Lord's in his stride and getting on with the game once the ball was in his hand. He's playing a perfect supporting role to Pietersen at the moment; and when he takes a single to rotate the strike, Pietersen slaps a short ball emphatically through cover point for four. 25th August, 2013. It's an extremely rare occurrence. He copped a lot of praise for his declaration, but tea was the latest he could declare, so I'm not convinced it's warranted. OVER 28: ENG 139/2 (target 227 from 44 overs; Trott 47* Pietersen 45*) Fifteen from the over! I was having a moment. , a cracking stroke - but then he's taken superbly by Matt Prior. Cook decides not to review; replays show he was right. Now they are in the Pietersen position, wondering what they have done wrong and why everyone has got it into for them. The Very Last Word. England have scored 100 from 20 overs this morning. England need 82 from 84 balls. OVER 17: ENG 73/1 (Cook 32* Trott 29*) Cook works two through midwicket. Last updated on 25 August 2013 25 August 2013. Transferring weight across the crease is his main problem; he could do a lot worse than to speak to a couple of his predecessors. He looks in the mood to be the hero. ", That's a good point. A fair point. All told, it's probably a good time for both parties to have a couple of months apart before this slightly unfathomable discord - which is much greater than the sum of its parts, and as such all the more confusing - becomes serious. Bell smashed the seventh ball of the over (because of the no-ball) back at Starc, who stopped it with his boot, picked the ball and threw the stumps and Bell dived desperately back towards his ground. England vs Australia: 2013 Ashes 5th Test cricket live scores, blog - Day 2. It was a stumping chance, technically, but a nigh-on impossible one. There is a reason why only one side has ever chased over 200 at more than five an over against the clock to win a Test. Going to need tough players in Oz and the player that fits the bill as a fast-bowling all rounder at no 8 is Dave Willey. For most of the series that has been true. And those lower-order runs are often so important to England, as we saw at Durham in the last Test. Many people have said he has finally fulfilled his talent, but this performance has exceeded our expectations of him. Prior is unhappy, the crowd are slowly mislaying the plot. The crowd recognised that with a wonderful reception when he came out to bat, but his confidence will need a careful reconstruction after a chastening first taste of Test cricket. The substitute Jason Roy's throw missed the stumps. This is how people have instinctively reacted to the events of the summer, and there's not much anyone can do to change that. His performance in a losing cause has almost been Lara-esque. Batting isn't our weak point - it's the form of Cook, Trott and Prior. Is Andy Flower going to stand down in the winter? David Warner – Missed out back at the top of the order, but charged about in the field and looked part of the Australian furniture – the tiresome boos have gone too. He drove to midwicket and charged down the track before being sent back. He is not exactly oozing permanence but this is surely the best for him to try to get back into form. Mohamed Salah tests positive for coronavirus just days after the Liverpool star partied at his brother's wedding in ... Ashes 2013: Fifth Test, day four preview - Loosener video with Lawrence Booth. There are still almost 70 overs left today, so Australia could theoretically score 120 in 20 overs and set England around 235 in 50 overs. Later in the over he plays another lovely flick through square leg for four. We have around 15 minutes to lunch; no word of a lie. He might be the last of dying breed; he even looks like that. Seems they haven't forgotten how to lose.</noframe> OVER 18: ENG 85/1 (Cook 33* Trott 40*) James Faulkner replaces Michael Clarke. England need 171 from 186 balls. Exclusive: Rugby league warned it is facing same crisis over dementia and concussion as union, Richard Cockerill will not be drawn on potential Edinburgh exodus, Dominic Cummings received pay rise of 40 per cent last year, sparking angry backlash, Frank Lampard says Wolves defeat a lesson on complacency to Chelsea playersÂ, Black applicants significantly more likely to fail RAF selection tests than white counterparts, only one of those three was against the clock, look how the average score of England's top seven has dropped in the last two years, Shane Warne's breakthrough game at Colombo in 1992. We want to hear what you think. Instead he makes roomt to flash Lyon between extra cover and mid-off for four. And I very nearly regretted tempting fate thus when he clipped his first ball, from Ryan Harris, this far short of Faulkner at short midwicket. : "Granted Rob that they haven’t functioned as a collective for a while, yet the results continue to flow.... and I agree with Tim Holland, and bizarrely, Geoff Boycott (I never thought I’d see the day!) Strictly speaking, the players should almost certainly go off in accordance with the laws. OVER 10: ENG 43/1 (Cook 16* Trott 15*) Trott hooks Siddle in the air but well wide of leg gully for four. "Kevin Pietersen: "I had flashbacks of 2005. If Clarke was serious about England chasing, then he should have left them 200 off 50 or more.". For all this talk of Michael Clarke the saviour, 227 from 44 overs is not, in my opinion, a realistic target; it's a PR exercise. Every Pietersen run is being greeted by lusty cheers. 1001 The weather. Peter Rowntree: "Feel that the poor standards of batting in this series have a lot to do with the sub-Test standard pitches on which the series has been played. Mitchell Starc – Might he, like Mitchell Johnson with whom he shares more than just a first name and a left-arm over actions, be destined to be a raw quick, always mixing up the unplayable with the ordinary? Too fast, too straight, too much. OVER 13: ENG 56/1 (Cook 21* Trott 23*) Three from Lyon's over. You could argue us four-bowler types need to free our mind and accept that a lower order of Prior, Bresnan, Broad, Swann, Anderson, Finn is stronger than the successful 2005 lower order (Flintoff, Jones, Giles, Hoggard, Harmison, Jones). FOW 206/5. As we know, England's batting been hugely dependent on Ian Bell in this series, and he reminds us of that with an imperious cover drive for four off the bowling of Starc. Replays show he was comfortably outside the line. I'm really not sure this support will help him. He looks like he would have been quite useful behind the sticks and with a bat a few short months ago. Records includes the following current or recent matches: England v Australia at The Oval, 5th Test, Aug 21-25, 2013 [Test # 2094]England v Australia at Chester-le-Street, 4th Test, Aug 9-12, 2013 [Test # 2093]England v Australia at Manchester, 3rd Test, Aug 1-5, 2013 [Test # 2092] They're on a long unbeaten run now - 13 Tests I think, which equals England's best since the early 1970s, when they went three years and 26 Tests without defeat. He waved three fingers, threw the ball into the gutter and walked off breezily, high on self-satisfaction. You can ignore the entry for Over 10. Seriously though, I just think that decent teams find a way to win even when they don’t play brilliantly (Man Utd etc. He won't have a free hand if he comes in at 8/9, will he?". That said, I think they have done well so far; they have played with controlled aggression and if they get to, say, 100/1 from 20 overs, they could then consider really going for it. See you in half an hour for the afternoon session. I thought his bat hit the ground. After one of those boundaries, the second I think, James Faulkner asked for the ball back from an ageing man in the crowd. OVER 135: ENG 329/7 (Prior 30* Swann 10*) Swann, turned round, edges his first ball through the slips for four and clouts his second over midwicket for two. He still fancies getting something from this game - or he at least fancies a few mind games ahead of Brisbane - and has promoted Shane Watson up the order. Those are the only runs of the over, which means England need 184 from 34 overs. Disingenuous poppycock. He thick-edges a good outswinger from Broad all along the floor to gully, and then there's an appeal for caught behind from a very full delivery. Thanks very much for your company on the liveblog over the last seven weeks. That's fair enough; the phony war for the next Ashes has already started. I think Clarke is going to set something stupid with an excessively macho declaration. If he was the guy who ordered these terrible pitches for this series yes, if not no.". The 2013 Ashes series was a series of Test cricket matches contested between England and Australia for the Ashes. I don't know who writes his scripts, but the winning runs would be a decent end to the greatest series of his life. That's Simon Kerrgan's pulse rate right now. <noframe>Twitter: Michael Vaughan - I reckon a 1130 start .. Yes, that's it! England go at 2 an over on day 3 and 5 an over today when it doesn't matter <a href="http://search.twitter.com/search?q=timidandterrified" target="_blank">#timidandterrified</a></noframe> OVER 141: ENG 368/9 (Swann 26* Kerrigan 0*) Simon Kerrigan is cheered to the wicket and cheered again when he manages to defend his first ball. Jonathan Trott. Another one (with Nathan Lyon) who missed the vital first two Tests – a self-inflicted wound, but no less painful to the cause for that. If England do somehow win this, they will at a stroke obliterate all the negativity of the last few days. Oogatz fair. Great news for Graeme Swann, and for Simon Kerrigan: Shane Watson has gone. OVER 23: ENG 100/2 (Trott 42* Pietersen 12*) Trott survives an appeal for a bat-pad catch off Lyon. Haddin goes for a golden duck. Hope the weather improves for it. Bye! The problem is that Australia can easily waste time or balls if they are in danger of defeat. Reports and scorecards from Australia's tour of England, including five Ashes Tests, two Twenty20 internationals and five ODIs. The 2013 series was the first of two back-to-back Ashes series. Yes, something brilliant is happening. Pietersen, on the run, chips a couple over midwicket. OVER 143: ENG 377/9 (Swann 34* Kerrigan 1*) Kerrigan is almost bowled in strange circumstances. Root is young and talented enough to work it out. It was a fine delivery: fast, full and reversing through the gate to knock the middle stump over as Broad went for a big drive. It's doubtful. 1000 Good morning. Updated August 22, 2013 22:49:01 Map: England Shane Watson amassed a much-need 176 as he guided Australia to a solid total of 4-307 on the first day of the fifth Ashes Test at The Oval. It was fairly straightforward by keeper's standards, low to his left, and had he taken it he would have equalled Rod Marsh's record for most dismissals in a Test series. England need 142 from 26 overs. They're an easy team to like when they play like these, and Swann moves to 10 from three balls with a storming extra-cover drive. It was a simple enough dismissal: he tried to drive a fullish outswinger and edged it straight to second slip. OVER 137: ENG 350/7 (Prior 35* Swann 24*) Three from the final over of the session, bowled by Starc. This is outrageous stuff from Pietersen. I suspect this will stay with Kumar Dharmsena's decision, however. Off the top of my head: Cook, Rogers, Clarke, Pietersen, Bell, Smith, Haddin (wk), Broad, Swann, Harris, Anderson. OVER 34: ENG 163/2 (target 227 from 44 overs; Trott 53* Pietersen 62*) Faulkner is bowling beautifully, with lots of yorkers and slower balls. Just three singles from the over, including a slice from Pietersen that feel not far short of Siddle at deep cover. He ends the series with 277 runs at 27.70. Ashes 2013: 5th Test, day 2, afternoon session: England reach Tea on 181 for three after glacial early scoring. He hit the ball hard in both knocks and showed clarity of thought in the cauldron of the second-innings chase. England need 111 from 108 balls. <a href="http://search.twitter.com/search?q=Ashes" target="_blank">#Ashes</a></noframe> OVER 16: ENG 63/1 (Cook 25* Trott 26*) It's like the middle overs of an ODI, with England milking the slow bowlers for three or four an over. What if you go for it, lose your fifth wicket with 15 overs remaining and then Lyon and Harris knife through the lower order on a wearing pitch? Ashes 2013: England win series 3-0 after bad light ends Oval Test. The game is heading for a draw, but it's doing so with a spring in its step and a twinkle in its eye. That was a fittingly bonkers end to a strange and sometimes brilliant Ashes campaign. I like their squad, though there is an obvious issue at No6. <noframe>Twitter: James Taylor - You've just got to love swannys batting!! He holed out to long on, with Pietersen crouching to take a comfortable catch after the ball held up in the breeze. OVER 16: AUS 74-4 (Clarke 10* Smith 2*) Another excellent sweep from Clarke races through square leg for four. I will head to cloud nine to eat the humblest pie if England do win. I love this ground, man. OVER 26: ENG 116/2 (target 227 from 44 overs; Trott 43* Pietersen 27*) Pietersen aborts a pull from a slower bouncer from Starc. It's going to be more than a little lively when England enter the Gabbatoir for the first Test on November 21. Brad Haddin – He came in and got on with it, timing the ball as well as any on the slowish pitch. ), 1104 This is the tour party that Andrew Strauss, Nasser Hussain and Mike Atherton have picked for Australia: Cook (c), Prior (vc), Root, Trott, Bell, Pietersen, Bairstow, Swann, Panesar, Anderson, Broad, Finn, Bresnan, Tremlett, Onions. Three singles from the over. Maybe they'll have a drinks break to allow one last rendition of Jerusalem. In Ashes 2013, this is the first time that bad weather conditions have helped the Australians. "Not sure 2011 against India was that much of a collective - even when England scored over 700, two players scored over 50% of the runs, and in the 591 two players scored over 69% of the runs. My vote would go to Haddin. OVER 12: ENG 53/1 (Cook 20* Trott 21*) That's a nice stroke from Trott, a crisp clip for four off Siddle. That he was allowed to spend two Test matches with Ashton Agar as his opposite number instead of the impressive Nathan Lyon was simply astonishing. <noframe>Twitter: Michael Vaughan - I would love to see England declare at 293.. 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