25th August, 2013. 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). That's fair enough; the phony war for the next Ashes has already started. Welcome to The Independent's coverage of the fifth Test between England and Australia live from The Oval. "If England go for the win here it will make for a magnificent spectacle. OVER 121: ENG 267/4 (Bell 40* Woakes 23*) In reference to Adam Ford's email below, can you think of any Test matches in which an entire XI has fired? I'm not sure England would try to chase even that, never mind, say, 190, from 45. What do you do with Kerrigan? Michael Clarke – Perhaps taking some criticism from home to heart, he was uncharacteristically unsmiling at the toss and an angry sledger in the field. Replays show he was comfortably outside the line. OVER 35: ENG 166/3 (target 227 from 44 overs; Trott 55* Bell 1*) The new batsman is Ian Bell. This back-to-back Ashesathon is simmering beautifully now. Andrew Strauss had his problems with hanging a little on the back foot, before his career-saving 177 in Napier, and Marcus Trescothick was about the best at getting to the ball with an economy of movement. OVER 32: ENG 150/2 (target 227 from 44 overs; Trott 49* Pietersen 54*) Michael Clarke is taking his time between overs, and there are a few boos from the crowd. There is a reason so many England fans have felt unsettled and confused for much of this series, and why today, the day England lift the urn, will be relatively underwhelming. OVER 139: ENG 363/8 (Swann 25* Anderson 0*) That was the last ball of the over. Seems they haven't forgotten how to lose.</noframe> OVER 18: ENG 85/1 (Cook 33* Trott 40*) James Faulkner replaces Michael Clarke. Keep up with us, while we predict all the matches of Ashes series. 1015 Some breakfast reading. Not least because it's not going to last forever, especially if this report about the wonderful Andy Flower stepping down in the winter is true. England need just 33 in just five overs. Come on boys!! He might be slightly worried for the first time because England are going along reasonably well. I don't know who writes his scripts, but the winning runs would be a decent end to the greatest series of his life. 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 was a stumping chance, technically, but a nigh-on impossible one. Aleem Dar tells him to do one. He ended the series having biffed 126 handy runs at almost a run a ball; those runs may be more crucial in the return series. "Warne's comments are always good for a laugh but his latest is best in show. And if, IF they do it, they will travel to Australia to play against a team who have thought they were improving but have been sent to their basket like a whupped dog.". See you all in November … He bowled all but one of his deliveries to Watson (176) and Steve Smith (138*), so it was a tough baptism. England need 68 from 66 balls. In Ashes 2013, this is the first time that bad weather conditions have helped the Australians. The 5th Ashes Test ends for bad light with England chasing Australia's total. Two balls later a vicious delivery from Lyon to Trott hits body and possibly glove before landing safely on the off side. <noframe>Twitter: Shane Warne - Good aggressive captaincy from Michael Clarke, if the ashes was decided by who is the best captain on either side then Aust would be 5-0 up</noframe> OVER 2: AUS 4/0 (Warner 4* Watson 0*) Shane Watson, who probably thought he'd opened for the last time in Test cricket after his first-innings century, assumes the position again for the greater good. ", "Hard to argue with the stats, I agree, but what are win/loss ratios like for those times? I think they need to take an even bigger risk to tempt England: 180 in 60, something like that. 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. that England would still bat down to 9, even with the extra bowler... but just think about the options for the captain with all those bowlers....". This is outrageous stuff from Pietersen. The umpires are inspecting this very same moment. How good is Ryan Harris? OVER 119: ENG 256/4 (Bell 29* Woakes 23*) Woakes is struggling against Starc. 2013-14 Ashes: 5th Test - Player Ratings Australia. It's well-intentioned and all, but surely such patronising support will just make him feel worse? Sports blog, will mostly post about football and cricket, including regular updates from the Ashes! Height looked an issue, and replays show there was a big inside edge as well. A fair point. Today they lift the Ashes. It was also the day he went from very good to truly great. I much prefer four bowlers and batting depth. 1945 The party has well and truly started now. But, as is often the case with a bowler short of express pace who does not make the ball swing or seam consistently, his mid-80mph bowling merely hastened the impact of the ball on to the middle of the bat. OVER 31: ENG 148/2 (target 227 from 44 overs; Trott 49* Pietersen 52*) Pietersen has broken Australia's will. Highlights from day five of the fifth Ashes test between England and Australia at The Oval And in that series, Bresnan scored 53 not out, 11 and 90." Later in the over he is beaten, trying to cut a ball that keeps a touch low and cramps him for room. Looked much more fluent in the second innings, two decent knocks. Day 5 - Sunshine After The Rain. And now he does have his fourth! WIth Broad and Swann, you would pretty much bat to nine even if you play Tremlett.". He played forward defensively and held the pose, unaware that the ball was rolling back towards the stumps. Pietersen's storming innings comes to an end. I will head to cloud nine to eat the humblest pie if England do win. Woakes never got his eye back in this morning, and after a few false strokes he has gone. England need 171 from 186 balls. Bell slices the new bowler Starc over backward point for two; Peter Siddle didn't see the ball at all. Strictly speaking, the players should almost certainly go off in accordance with the laws. Our South Africans are better than their ... Australians. After a few of those in that over, Bell drives Faulkner just over the leaping Warner at mid-off for four. For now Starc continues and Bell is fortunate not to be run out. Multiply it by itself. "Shot, but wrong caddy," backtracks Warne. Smith screwed the shot and it was an easy catch for Swann. Prior seems to be settling down after that slightly manic start. The substitute Jason Roy's throw missed the stumps. Australia should declare now. Should Flower go? Walter Mitty could barely have played better. "Favourite Ashes moment is a no-brainer - Stubro's amazing bowling at Durham. They are really going for it now, with Jimmy Anderson's fourth over disappearing for 16! Mitchell Starc is going to open the bowling. Peter Siddle – He demanded respect with a lovely line and length that pulled batsmen forward but was never quite there to drive. Is it enough to retain his place for the return series when, back home, his steadying hand on the tiller may not be so necessary? Watson, the pinch-hitter, gets off the mark from his 12th delivery with a hack to leg. He will be the key man for Australia if this goes to the wire. Ashes 2013: England v Australia, fifth Test live. OVER 14: AUS 59-3 (Faulkner 10* Clarke 5*) Swann continues. OVER 25: ENG 112/2 (Trott 43* Pietersen 23*) Australia offer Pietersen a single on the leg side. England are having some fun with the bat. The length probably wasn't right for the shot. OVER 13: ENG 56/1 (Cook 21* Trott 23*) Three from Lyon's over. Aleem Dar checks the light meter. 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. The Ashes - 5th Test Blog Monday, 26 August 2013. Catch live and detailed score report of England vs Australia 4th Test 2013, Australia tour of England and Scotland only on ESPNcricinfo.com. OVER 118: ENG 251/4 (Bell 29* Woakes 19*) Bell needs 71 runs to become the first man to make four centuries in an Ashes series since Peter Such Sir Donald Bradman in 1930. It's been a strange series, hasn't it? If Clarke was serious about England chasing, then he should have left them 200 off 50 or more.". Now they are in the Pietersen position, wondering what they have done wrong and why everyone has got it into for them. OVER 144: ENG 377/9 (Swann 34* Kerrigan 1*) Do you think there's any chance of Michael Clarke setting England a target? Yes, something brilliant is happening. Shane Watson – He modified his technique by standing a little further towards the offside and presenting the front pad more alongside the line of the ball (rather than on it), allowing him to use his power to swing through the line and not across it. It's reasonable, but there was so much overnight rain that we will not start on time. Too fast, too straight, too much. I think the earliest play can finish is 1800, although I'm not certain so let's change the subj- I just love what you've done with those curtains. When Faulkner eventually comes into bowl, Pietersen misses a booming slog-sweep at an excellent slower ball that bounces over the top. It's official: THIS IS ON. OVER 6: ENG 27/1 (Cook 11* Trott 4*) Trott pings Starc between the two short midwickets for four, an assertive stroke with which to get off the mark. Chris Rogers. Find out more at ecb.co.uk Watch the best of the action from the 2013 Ashes Test at the Oval where England were denied a thrilling win on the final day. He looks in the mood to be the hero. The new ball is jagging about a bit, and Warner can't take even a solitary liberty in the course of an excellent maiden from Anderson. Photograph: Stefan Wermuth/Reuters. That really is absurd, especially in view of what happened on Friday. Graeme Swann – He snared a couple of lefties at the top and bottom of the order, but lacked a little of the fizzing snap that characterises both his bowling and his personality when in peak form. Duration: 1 minute This clip is from. Root surivves a biggish shout for LBW from Harris; again it looked too high. Steve Smith – The fewer the twitches and quirks, the more the runs flow. They have, lest we forget, won this series 3-0. This is getting slightly strange; surely Australia don't seriously think they can win this? (Legal disclaimer: telegraph.co.uk is not responsible for any mortgages wagered on such a ridiculous bet.). OVER 10: AUS 40/1 (Watson 25* Faulkner 2*) Graeme Swann comes on, conceding four from his first over. Alastair Cook – I think the word is "conflicted". With runs coming apace at the other end, he had to block his and did so to good effect. England vs Australia: 2013 Ashes 5th Test cricket live scores, blog - Day 5. He has 14 from seven balls. Chris Woakes – A pleasing action with good rhythm got the ball to the other end more quickly than many had thought possible. It seems Australia will bat to tea - ten more minutes - and then maybe declare. I was having a moment. Some senior bowlers might sulk at such usurping (not least after having bowled so well over the series) but Siddle, as his empathic nightwatchman batting (and stealing of the strike) showed, is a team man above all else and has been a delight to watch. OVER 124: ENG 277/5 (Bell 41* Prior 7*) A majestic bouncer from Harris hits Prior on the glove as he tries to take evasive action. Trott and Cook work him for consecutive threes to keep England pretty close to the required rate. "Anderson and Clarke going at each other hammer and tongs." It's far too early for Willey to be talked of as a Test player, surely? Thanks very much for your company on the liveblog over the last seven weeks. It's almost hard to comprehend quite how good a series he has had. 1010 The umpire Kumar Dharmasena says there are too many wet patches in the outfield for them to start on time. Ashes 2013: England v Australia, fifth Test day five report Australia (492-9dec & 111-6dec) draw with England (377 & 206-5) Live commentary of the fifth 2013 Investec Ashes Test between England and Australia at The Oval. I genuinely don't know what's going off out there. Lunch: England 350/7 (trail by 142) We've gone from George Graham's England on Friday to Kevin Keegan's England this morning: 21 overs, 103 runs, three wickets. He bowled quickly and used his bouncer well, showing that he'll have plenty of ammunition when the entire nation follows Darren Lehmann's crass rallying call to get after him Down Under. Has he forgotten Clarke's criminal misuse of the Review and failure to declare earlier at OT when the rain was guaranteed. Faulkner backed away, Broad followed him, and Faulkner's attempted steer to third man went straight behind the stumps. OVER 136: ENG 347/7 (Prior 34* Swann 23*) Prior comes down the track to chip Lyon wristily for three, and then Swann hammers a slog sweep for four. Mitchell Starc replaces James Faulkner and Pietersen assaults his first ball down the ground for four. They can't make the law up as they go along. And in 44 overs instead of 50? The chaps on Sky have just informed us that only three sides in Test history have won chasing over 200 at more than five an over - and only one of those three was against the clock, when the fielding side could bowl wide and put as many men as they liked on the boundary. The Man of the Series has to be Bell, with Harris as Australia's MotS. He has 45 from 30 balls and it batting like a lord. There's no shame in that. Shane Warne on why England have lost the fear factor. These are the last words this blog has to say, fittingly they are written by Jessica Carney. OVER 7: AUS 31/0 (Warner 11* Watson 19*) Think of a number. Those are the only runs of the over, which means England need 184 from 34 overs. What will they be like when all 11 fire? "PR stunt or not, it's still a good lesson for any pasty-faced future Pommy batsmen in the crowd: how to give a paying crowd value for their dollar.". Simon Kerrigan – Maybe he was as surprised as everyone else by his shock inclusion, but he should not have been surprised to see Shane Watson looking to hit him off a length. They haven't a solitary clue where they should bowl to him, and the only way they can save this game is by dismissing him quicksmart. Last updated on 25 August 2013 25 August 2013. Kevin Pietersen – The reticence of his celebration of his first innings 50 (and the contrast with the skunk-haired jubilation of his 150 eight years ago) said much about his opinion of the pitch and his inability to get going. They need 47 from 42 balls. Clarke is nosing around, waving his hands and shouting the odds. Follow the live score and blog of the second day’s play of the final Ashes 2013 Test from 8.00pm AEST. : "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!) This Ashes series were their, and his, reward. He has dismissed Prior nine times in Tests, more than twice as often as any other bowler. Scores of 25 and 34, but still couldn't push on. The next ball goes for four as well, although this time it's a bouncer that hist Swann on the shoulder and flew away to the fine-leg boundary. Scyld Berry reflects on a slightly disappointing series. Ashes by Embrace is blaring around the Oval, which after its unofficial part in the 2005 series is always guaranteed to make the hairs on the neck do their thing. 2013 Ashes series: 5th Test, Day 5 (2013) 1 of 1 Shane Watson and Steve Smith in The Ashes (1930). This has been a highliy entertaining morning, with 61 runs in 15 overs. The attempt of some former Australian cricketers to undermine Cook is getting pretty tedious. Prior continues to play his strokes, clipping two through midwicket - that means England have sucked the last bit of life out of the match avoided the follow-on - and then slashing an uppercut over the cordon for four. At the risk of contradicting absolutely everything I've said so far today, this might just be on: Trott flicks a lovely boundary up and over square leg before crunching three more over the two short midwickets. OVER 27: ENG 124/2 (target 227 from 44 overs; Trott 46* Pietersen 32*) Trott works Lyon nicely between mid on and midwicket for two. They need 53 from the last eight. Andrew Strauss thinks England will have a go and then abort the chase if they lose early wickets. We are now at the stage where England should win this match, a quite absurd scenario given the state of play this morning. <noframe>Twitter: Damien Martyn - Outstanding Australia <a href="http://www.twitter.com/MClarke23" target="_blank">@MClarke23</a> <a href="http://www.twitter.com/darren_lehmann" target="_blank">@darren_lehmann</a> positive thoughtful cricket moving the game forward .. Just a couple from a low-key over. Australia are scoring at four an over, which probably wasn't what they had in mind an hour ago. Life, as John Lennon didn't quite say, is what happens while you're busy collecting regrets. "Right, as it’s midnight down here, I’m off to bed. 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. Another wicket for Ryan Harris, his 22nd of the series. Go for it until, say, five wickets down, then shut up shop. That would be an interesting test for them actually, given all the moralising about England's timewasting. He pulls Harris for four with authority and snicks the next ball wide of gully for another boundary. This game is old and funny. Yes, that's it! He took a tremendously difficult catch to dismiss Shane Watson and was good in the field – not bad for a senior statesman on a wonky knee. The crowd roar but there might be a nasty surprise around the corner for them in a couple of minutes. OVER 142: ENG 376/9 (Swann 34* Kerrigan 0*) Swann inside-edges an increasingly exasperated Siddle for four and pulls the next ball witheringly to the fence. Pietersen made 62 from 55 balls; England need 64 from 59. 1102 The rumours are true: play will start at 1130, with potentially 98 overs to be bowled. There is another leg-side delivery later in the over; Aleem Dar doesn't call wide but I think he has told Watson that's enough. 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