England vs Australia (ENG vs AUS) 5th Ashes Test Day 4 Highlights: England won the 5th and final Ashes Test by 135 runs at The Oval in London on Sunday. The Ashes series has thus been drawn 2-2. This is the first drawn Ashes series in 47 years.
Australia, set a target of 399 runs to win, were always up against a very imposing task on Day 4. Steve Smith, who has plagued the English all through the series, fell for 23, his lowest score. Matthew Wade, however, set the cat among the pigeons with his valiant knock of 117, his highest score in Test cricket. After Wade fell, being stumped out after stepping out of his crease to the spinners one time more than warranted, the rest of the Australian resistance fell apart and the match was won with around half an hour to go on Day 4.
The Ashes, 2019The Oval, London 16 October 2019
England 294 (87.1) & 329 (95.3)
Australia 225 (68.5) & 263 (77.0)
Match Ended ( Day 4 - 5th Test ) England beat Australia by 135 runs
England vs Australia 5th Ashes Test Day 4 Highlights:
Archer named Man of the Match
Jofra Archer, who has shone on his Test debut (as if there was ever any doubt!), is named the Man of the Match. He had figures of 6/62 in the first innings. Steve Smith is named Australia's Man of the Series. Ben Stokes is named England's Man of the Series. This Ashes series has had something about redemption of fallen heroes.
Another wicket falls immediately. England win by 135 runs and level the series 2-2. This is the first drawn Ashes series in 47 years.
This series has been a great advert for the game .. 2 very closely matched teams .. 5 fantastic pitches & the Duke ball certainly adds to the value .. Well done to both teams for the incredible entertainment .. Loved it .. #Ashes #2-2— Michael Vaughan (@MichaelVaughan) September 15, 2019
Australia's resistance, after looking so impressive through the day, is now falling apart with around 5 overs left in the day. Lyon is out to a soft catch. He goes for a short 8-ball stay. We are 1 wicket away from an England win.
Wade is OUT
Wade steps out of the track one time too many! This time Bairstow does not miss. Wade is stumped for 117. What a great knock this has been, but maybe he could have tried to see the rest of the day off and then come back to give England a mighty scare on the last day. Ah well! Australia are 8 down and with that, the result seems inevitable again. AUS 139 runs away from a win. ENG 2 wickets away.
A faint edge to the keeper sees the end of Cummins and this 44-run stand. We're down to the tail now. Siddle, Lyon and Hazlewood left to bat. AUS 155 runs away.
Wade living on the edge
Edge of seat stuff as Wade somehow carries on. This is Wade's highest score in Test cricket now. First Bairstow misses a stumping opportunity as the ball gets caught in the underside of his helmet. Wade survives - part one. The very next ball, Wade slashes again. The ball takes an edge and travels to Stokes at slip, who manages to get just a finger to it. Wade survives - part two. The first ball of the next over by Broad is pulled for four. Wade is making sure that the Ashes series has a crazy finish! Can he do a Stokes for Australia? Australia 156 runs away. When does this become worrying for England?
100 for Wade
'He's been doing a lot of talking in the series, today he has let the bat do the talking for him', says Mike Atherton on air. 100 in the final Ashes Test with a series win on the line. What a knock this has been out of nowhere! Australia 167 runs away from victory.
Wade on 99
His highest score in this series was 34 before today. He is possibly the most unpopular Australian on the field, despite all the hate that the Sandpapergate trio have copped. Wade has made a nuisance of himself all through the series, chirping in the batsmen's ears from the infield. Today though, he has carved for himself a special place in this series with this fighting knock. All the fielders have come in to stop Wade getting a single. Cummins is trying to take the pressure off him. This was how Wade was welcomed to the crease earlier today:
After a brilliant hour of Test cricket, we are into the last hour of play in the final Ashes Test. Matthew Wade has come up with a special effort with hope fast fading. Pat Cummins is giving him able company. Australia are 177 runs away from a famous win. Wade is now 3 runs away from his century.
We are now underway in the last session of Day 4. When does this run chase get into troubling territory for England? They are getting close to getting a wicket, but not quite. There's an lbw review in the second over after the break but reviews show the ball pitched outside the line of leg stump. Paine and Wade still flying the Oz flag at The Oval. Australia 213 runs away from a win.
Matthew Wade is giving us an entertaining finish to this year's Ashes. He dances down the track to Leach and almost holes out in the deep. Mistimed it. Gets one run. And the Tea break is signaled, with Australia 232 runs away from a win. Paine and Wade to resume after the interval.
Root gets the breakthrough
Joe Root with the partnership breaker! Mitch Marsh, after getting a reprieve because of a no ball, is out. Offers a soft catch to Buttler. Australia lose their 5th wicket. Tim Paine is the new man in. The two keepers now in the middle, looking to stave off inevitable defeat.
50 for Wade
Matthew Wade takes a single off Root to bring up his 50. He has been mostly seen as a constant chirper on the field throughout this year's Ashes, but today he is taking a lot of responsibility with the bat. Australia have retained the Ashes urn already, but retaining the Ashes doesn't quite have the same ring to it as beating England in their own den. Australia need 256 runs for a win. It is a target too far but stranger things have happened. Like Steve Smith missing three innings but still coming up with the most prolific Test batting performance in at least 25 years:
Wade giving the crowd a scare
Matthew Wade is playing some fluent shots which will make the England team have some second thoughts about where this match is headed. Having already hit 6 fours, he is batting at a strike rate of 80. Marsh almost had to go after he offered a catch to Burns, but it turned out that Woakes had overstepped. Australia survive, for now, with Wade's aggressive intent giving them some hope. They still need 283 runs.
Smith is out
Hard to believe, but England have got Smith out! For a score of just 23. Broad bowls one into his body and he offers a catch to leg gully. Stokes takes the catch. Australia lose the big wicket. Smith finishes this year's Ashes series with 774 runs. Having missed three innings. Phenomenal series for him. Mitch March comes out to join Wade. With Smith gone, this mountain is now looking too high to climb for the Aussies. They still need 306 runs for victory.
Another Steve Smith record
Steve Smith continues racking up the runs and the records. He has brought up 770 runs for the series, which is his highest tally of runs in a series. His previous highest had been 769 runs in a series vs India in Australia in 2014/15.
Play has resumed at The Oval after the Lunch break. Smith still standing tall, Wade with him, Australia needing a further 324 runs for victory.
Time for Lunch
That's lunch on day four at The Oval. England need seven more wickets for a series-levelling win, Australia need 331 more runs for the series victory. Steve Smith is not out. AUS- 68/3
Stumped! AUS three down
Jack Leach lures Marnus Labuschagne out of his crease, Jonny Bairstow whips off the bails! And it's slow left arm guile that's the undoing of the li'l Smith. Labuschagne st Bairstow b Jack Leach 14(39) AUS- 56/3 | Need 343 runs more to win
ALL-TIME TEST RECORD ALERT:
With Harris' dismissal today, Australia's openers have amassed 14 single-figure scores this series - a record for a team in a Test series.
Previously: 13, by England in SA in 1905-06. Four teams have had 12. Previous Ashes record: 11
Stuart Broad has got David Warner again! Edges it straight to the slips. Seven times in the series! David Warner averaged 9.5 this series. No opener has ever batted as often in a Test series and averaged less.
Broad gets the breakthrough
Marus Harris is bowled for 9, Australia 18/1. Broad from round the wicket and gets the ball to come back in and then straighten just enoughto beat and take the top of off. Yet again in this series, England have an early wicket! AUS - 18/1
AUS open with Warner, Harris
The opening pair survive the first over from Stuart Broad comfortably, and would now look to form a rare, good partnership in between them. They are taking it slowly for now. A maiden for Jofra Archer. AUS are 3/0 after 2 overs.
After two sixes from Stuart Broad facing Pat Cummins, Jack Leach tries to mimic his partner. And it goes all wrong as he is caught by Josh Hazlewood. Nathan Lyon bagged his fourth of the innings. ENG are 329-all out. Australia need 399 runs to win.
And it is the beginning of the end for England, as Jofra Archer departs owing to the slightest of the nicks. Pat Cummins with the ball, Tim Paine with the catch. ENG are 317/9 after 92.3 overs.
Leach starts with boundary
What a start to the day by Jack Leach as he hits Nathan Lyon for an impressive boundary in the opening over itself. ENG are 317/8 after 92 overs.
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