England vs Australia (ENG vs AUS) 5th Ashes Test Day 1 Highlights: England have ended Day 1 of the 5th and final Ashes Test at The Oval in London at a score of 271/8 on Thursday, with Jos Buttler (64*) and Jack Leach (10*) unbeaten. The biggest bowling performance of the day came from Mitchell Marsh, who claimed figures of 4/35 on his return to the Test arena. Joe Root (57) batted for the major portion of the first two sessions of the day – living a charmed existence, with at least three of his catches being dropped by Australian fielders – but could still not manage to convert his start to a big score. Buttler came up with a counter-attack towards the end to take the England score close to the 300-mark.
Tim Paine has a chance to make history with an Ashes series win. Australia have not won an Ashes series in England since Steve Waugh-led side won by 4-1 18 years ago. Australia made one shocking squad as they replaced Travis Head with all-rounder Mitchell Marsh. On the other hand, England made two changes relacing out-of-form Jason Roy and Craig Overton by Sam Curran and Chris Woakes.
The Ashes, 2019The Oval, London 21 September 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 1 Highlights:
Leach manages to bat out till the end of the day - again! He walks off unbeaten on 10. Buttler is unbeaten on 64. England end the day at 271/8. They shall be looking to cross the 300-mark and go beyond when play starts on Day 2 tomorrow.
Australia take the new ball straightaway. They have seen enough of Jack Leach in this series. This 10th wicket stand worth 45 runs now, Buttler has slowed down just a little bit. Maybe he is thinking it would not be a bad idea to walk out to bat tomorrow, with Leach in tow, for the first session. The third session did not start off well for England, with Mitchell Marsh coming up with a surprising onslaught, but they have pulled things back with Buttler's counter-attack. ENG 271/8
250 for England
Huge cheers as Buttler gets to his 50 with yet another six. He is on 52 off 60 balls now. All the Australian fielders are standing on the boundary line when he is on strike and then coming back in for Leach. These are priceless runs at the end of the England innings. ENG 259/8
Buttler on offensive
With wickets falling around him, Jos Buttler had decided he must take the game by the scruff of its neck now. Hits Hazlewood for two consecutive sixes. He moves into his 40s. England inch closer to 250. Jack Leach has joined Buttler and we know how ably he can give company. Mitchell March is off the field with a touch of cramp. ENG 244/8
4th wicket for Marsh
Mitchell Marsh is unstoppable today! Gets another scalp. This time it is Chris Woakes who is left for dead with an overpitched inswinger that finds its way to the batsman's pad. 4/33 on his return to the Test arena. What an innings-changing bowling spell this has been from the all-rounder! ENG 205/7
Marsh gets Curran
Mitchell Marsh gets Sam Curran. Two long-time friends, having spent a large parts of their childhood growing up together in Zimbabwe, both playing their first match of the series. And it's the Australian who has the last laugh. Curran has lived and died by the sword today. He was slashing and hewing at anything that was there to be hit. Departs after a brisk 13-ball 15. ENG 199/6
Curran out off a no ball
Cummins swings in another venomous ball into Curran's pad. Dharmasena raises his finger for lbw. But wait, did Cummins overstep? Yes he di, that decision is overturned. Curran, who was walking off distraught, is putting his gloves back on and going back to his crease. What a disappointment for Cummins. ENG 186/5
Sam Curran walks in to make his first Ashes appearance. COmes in at No.7. What a ball that was by Marsh to get Bairstow though. An inswinger of the Cummins variety left Bairstow for dead. He went for the review, but that was more in hope than belief. England lose another wicket. They will have to be careful not to lose any more wickets today. Any more wickets, and the good work they have put in all day stans to be undone. ENG 179/5
Curran hits a six over long on! That's the first six of the Test.
Root is gone
After an obdurate display, where he got at least three lives, Joe Root is bowled yet again. And it is Pat Cummins with a similar sort of delivery yet again. Almost an action replay of what happened in the 4th Test. Root goes for 57. Buttler joins Bairstow. ENG 170/4
That's it for Session 2. Root and Bairstow have powered the England score along in this session. This has been a good day of batting for the home team.2 wickets fell for 87 runs in that session. England go into the break at 169/3. Root is on 57. Bairstow is on 22.
Root gets to 50
This has not been his most fluent 50. There have been missed chances, there have been balls which he has not known how to deal with. But Root, playing the last match of this year's Ashes, is sure making some amends. This series has not been the best for him. Bairstow now giving him company. ENG 148/3
Stokes is out
Root and Stokes were powering the England score on. But then, Stokes flays at a short ball, it goes high in the air and Mitchell Marsh has his first wicket of this year's Ashes. Stokes is gone for 20. Australia have found the right line and length in this session. Root is still stuck in his 40s. ENG 130/3
Hazlewwod gets the breakthrough for Australia. Burns falls three runs short of his half-century after a fine display so far. Got into an awkward position with the short ball and offered an easy catch. He goes for 47. Stokes comes out to join Root. England 107/2
Root's charmed life continues
Root's charmed life continues after the break. Smith drops a catch off him - that was Root's third reprieve of the match. Both batsmen are carrying on from where the left off before the break. ENG 97/1
Burns and Root take the home side to the Lunch break with no further damage. Root was lucky to survive on a couple of occasions, with Cummins on the money again, but he survives till the first interval, and he will be looking to score a big one in this final Test. England go in at 86/1. Root on 28 and Burns on 42 will continue batting after the break.
A typical fast bowler wicket. Pat Cummins draws Joe Denly forward and he edges it to second slip fielder Steve Smith who managed to hold on to the ball despite the initial slip. Denly falls for 14. ENG - 27/1 in 8.3 overs
A huge lbw shout from Josh Hazlewood and the umpire raised his finger. Joe Denly reviewed it straight away. ENG - 7/0 in 4 overs
First innings underway
No.1 Test bowler Pat Cummins starts off the proceedings for Australia with the new ball. Rory Burns on strike. The first innings of the final Test is underway.
No Mitchell Starc
Interestingly, Tim Paine has Mitchell Starc with Peter Siddle. The second change was an obvious one, Mitchell Marsh replacing Travis Head.
England: Rory Burns, Joe Denly, Joe Root(c), Ben Stokes, Jonny Bairstow(w), Jos Buttler, Sam Curran, Chris Woakes, Jofra Archer, Jack Leach, Stuart Broad
Australia: Marcus Harris, David Warner, Marnus Labuschagne, Steven Smith, Mitchell Marsh, Matthew Wade, Tim Paine(w/c), Pat Cummins, Peter Siddle, Nathan Lyon, Josh Hazlewood
Hello and welcome to England vs Australia 5th Test live updates. Tim Paine has won the toss and elected to field first.