I also think this is a bit of a disingenuous gesture from Australia; if they were really serious about winning the game they should have set 180 in 50 overs. He has 45 from 30 balls and it batting like a lord. 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. 1333 This will be a two-and-a-half-hour afternoon session, with tea at 1610. ", "Hard to argue with the stats, I agree, but what are win/loss ratios like for those times? in the last eight overs England have made only 35 runs. Mitchell Starc is the new batsman. Preferred starting line-up at Brisbane (assuming Bres doesn't make it): Cook, Root, Trott, KP, Bell, Ballance, Prior, D.Willey, Stubro, Swann, Jimmy. He will go back to Sussex now and prepare for Brisbane in November. There may be much to be said for taking a more aggressive approach, but playing against type isn't easy – especially with plenty else to think about – and the strain may have shown in his missing a good one to be bowled (again) in the first dig. The Very Last Word. That really is absurd, especially in view of what happened on Friday. OVER 14: AUS 59-3 (Faulkner 10* Clarke 5*) Swann continues. 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. 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. In Ashes 2013, this is the first time that bad weather conditions have helped the Australians. England have a chance to reach 400 for the first time in the series, another strange statistic in a series full of them. If England win this game, this innings will be a neat little brother to his 158 on this ground in 2005. With a bit of luck, he will be a real handful and will be up in the 300 club by the end of his next home Ashes. I think since 2011 England's record is something like W11 L7. Jimmy Anderson: "I don't think we'll be leaving the dressing-room for quite some time. Mitchell Starc is going to open the bowling. OVER 8: AUS 34/0 (Warner 12* Watson 21*) Warner is smacked on the back by a good short ball from Broad. That's a surprise: you thought they might promote Prior or even Swann. 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. 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. Thanks very much for your company on the liveblog over the last seven weeks. England need 61 from 54 balls. Bell skims another pleasant cover drive, this time for a couple. 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....". That's the catch of the summer; almost a Roger Harper moment. Three from the over. <noframe>Twitter: James Taylor - You've just got to love swannys batting!! 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 … Australia have pulled this back impressively. <a href="http://search.twitter.com/search?q=entertainer" target="_blank">#entertainer</a> <a href="http://search.twitter.com/search?q=Ashes" target="_blank">#Ashes</a></noframe> "I'm on holiday in North Norfolk and cannot imagine there is a worse location in this Sceptred Isle for mobile coverage. He tried to steer Broad to third man and failed, toe-ending it straight through to Prior. It's going to be more than a little lively when England enter the Gabbatoir for the first Test on November 21. OVER 26: ENG 116/2 (target 227 from 44 overs; Trott 43* Pietersen 27*) Pietersen aborts a pull from a slower bouncer from Starc. Duration: 1 minute This clip is from. BAD LIGHT STOPS PLAY. 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. I genuinely don't know what's going off out there. Actually he didn't even throw at the wicket; he instinctively lobbed it over the stumps, which would have been fine if Matt Prior was there. Welcome to The Independent's coverage of the fifth Test between England and Australia live from The Oval. The Man of the Series has to be Bell, with Harris as Australia's MotS. OVER 119: ENG 256/4 (Bell 29* Woakes 23*) Woakes is struggling against Starc. At 24, he showed the potential to play the role of fourth seamer, but how often will England want that balance to their side? OVER 5: ENG 22/1 (Cook 10* Trott 0*) The new batsman is Jonathan Trott. OVER 9: ENG 39/1 (Cook 16* Trott 11*) Here comes Nathan Lyon. This Ashes series were their, and his, reward. Australia have declared So England need 227 from 44 overs. There's also a reason the England squad are unhappy about the whole thing, reduced to posting passive-aggressive tweets that only serve to highlight the weirdness of the situation. KP gets another boundary, mangling a full toss wide of the diving long on for four. He lured Alastair Cook into another prod outside off-stump first time round and stopped KP from winning the match second time round. I will head to cloud nine to eat the humblest pie if England do win. What do the umpires do? 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. 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