Ashes 2013: England v Australia 5th Test – LIVE! - Live coverage - The Independent

Ashes 2013: England v Australia 5th Test – LIVE!


Welcome to The Independent's coverage of the fifth Test between England and Australia live from The Oval.

by Charles Reynolds on Aug 8, 2013 at 9:55 PM

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  • DAY IN BRIEF: 

    • AUSTRALIA CLOSE ON 307/4 (Smith 66, Siddle 18)
    • Shane Watson makes 176
    • Woakes and Kerrigan make Test debut
    • Australia won the toss and chose to bat first
    • England lead the series 3-0

    Read the latest report by clicking here

    Darren Lehmann laid into Stuart Broad in an extraordinary rant on Australian radio this morning - read more about it by clicking here

    TEAMS: 

    ENGLANDCook (c), Root, Trott, Pietersen, Bell, Prior (wk), Woakes, Broad, Swann, Anderson, Kerrigan

    AUSTRALIA - Rogers, Warner, Watson, Clarke (c), Smith, Haddin (wk), Faulkner, Starc, Siddle, Harris, Lyon

    8/21/2013 9:12:04 AM
  • Australia 215/3 (Watson 141, Smith 27)
    The Barmy Army trumpeter sounds up for the first time today and England could do with something to raise their spirits because this pair are starting to put a decent partnership together. Both Broad and Swann unable to make the breakthrough.
    8/21/2013 3:39:29 PM
  • 150 for Shane Watson!

    8/21/2013 3:44:27 PM
  • Australia 228/3 (Watson 150, Smith 31)
    Australia looking very at ease now, Smith launching Swann over the top for four and then Watson picking up two fours from Broad's over, pulling one away fiercely and then glancing another more subtly.
    8/21/2013 3:46:17 PM
  • Kerrigan back into the attack....
    8/21/2013 3:46:24 PM
  • Australia 230/3 (Watson 150, Smith 33)
    Well that wasn't as bad as his other overs so far, Kerrigan just conceding two to Steve Smith. He even managed to get in an LBW appeal. 
    8/21/2013 3:49:37 PM

  • Aleem Dar inspects the ball before deciding to replace it 
    by Charles Reynolds on Aug 21, 2013 at 3:50 PM


    8/21/2013 3:50:45 PM
  • Australia 231/3 (Watson 151, Smith 33)
    Anderson back into the attack and it's a good over. The one positive for England today has been Anderson's bowling. Just a single from the over.
    8/21/2013 3:52:35 PM
  • Australia 234/3 (Watson 153, Smith 34)
    Kerrigan finding his feet a little more here, although he's still struggling to find a decent length. Three from the over.
    8/21/2013 3:56:49 PM
  • Australia 240/3 (Watson 155, Smith 38)
    Smith picks up four from Kerrigan, skipping down the track and working it into the leg side. Good shot - it hasn't been an easy debut for the young spinner.
    8/21/2013 4:03:22 PM
  • Australia 247/3 (Watson 160, Smith 40)
    Anderson bowls the first over after drinks but Watson has another boundary, thumping a four through the gully area. Good shot.
    8/21/2013 4:10:51 PM
  • Australia 252/3 (Watson 163, Smith 42)
    Kerrigan continues, but he can't find anything like a good length and is lucky only to be picked off for singles. Away to my right there is a tense battle between members of the crowd trying to construct a 'beer snake' from empty plastic pint glasses and over-zealous stewards trying to confiscate it. The beer snake surviving so far much to the delight of sections of the crowd.
    8/21/2013 4:16:15 PM
  • Police helicopter now circling the ground. Feels like they might just be watching a bit of the cricket.
    8/21/2013 4:21:44 PM
  • Australia 259/3 (Watson 164, Smith 48)
    Double bowling change for England as Swann and Woakes come into the attack - the new ball just three overs away. England need something soon.
    8/21/2013 4:23:10 PM
  • Australia 261/3 (Watson 165, Smith 49)
    Just a couple of singles form Swann's over and then Woakes bowls a maiden.
    8/21/2013 4:28:53 PM
  • 50 for Steve Smith
    8/21/2013 4:29:00 PM
  • Australia 263/3 (Watson 166, Smith 50)
    Once more just a couple from Swann's over, as Smith brings up his half-century. He's batted well today to ensure Australia didn't collapse after Clarke's wicket.
    8/21/2013 4:32:51 PM
  • REVIEW! Watson given out LBW - he reviews.
    8/21/2013 4:34:19 PM
  • NOT OUT! Hawkeye reveals that one was going over the top. No first Test wicket for Woakes.
    8/21/2013 4:35:39 PM
  • Australia 263/3 (Watson 166, Smith 50)
    Good over from Woakes who thought he had his first Test wicket but has to settle for just bowling a maiden instead.
    8/21/2013 4:38:01 PM
  • NEW BALL TAKEN
    8/21/2013 4:38:06 PM
  • Australia 267/3 (Watson 166, Smith 54)
    Anderson unsurprisingly given first go with the new cherry, but Smith has a boundary as the bowler tries to dig one in short but it just sits up and asks to be whacked away. 
    8/21/2013 4:44:03 PM

  • That's the thing about risky decisions: they're risky; they can go wrong. After all the clamour about England not being creative enough with selections, I'm sensing that most people are now yearning for the old, conservative england that has come under so much attack over the last year or so. I for one am glad we took the risk - one day injuries to Anderson or Broad or both would have forced us into making this mistake in a series decider.EdAug 21, 2013 at 9:44 AM

    8/21/2013 4:44:30 PM

  • One way of watching without a ticket... 
    by Charles Reynolds on Aug 21, 2013 at 4:46 PM


    8/21/2013 4:46:30 PM
  • Australia 271/3 (Watson 170, Smith 54)
    Broad starts with one that's too wide and Watto has no problem with just cutting it away for four. The rest of the over is much better, Broad even beating the bat. England would desperately love to pick up some quick late wickets here.
    8/21/2013 4:48:09 PM
  • Australia 279/3 (Watson 170, Smith 62)
    Oh dear, not a great over from Anderson. He overpitches and is punched down the ground for four and then drops too short and Smith pulls him away for a second consecutive boundary. England looking a bit weary after 85 overs in the blazing sun.
    8/21/2013 4:51:59 PM
  • Australia 284/3 (Watson 171, Smith 66)
    Broad still looking like he might do something with the ball, but he doesn't get any luck as Smith edges one through the slips for four.

    8/21/2013 4:57:38 PM
  • Australia 288/3 (Watson 171, Smith 66)
    Another edge, another four for Australia, this time for Watson who might be lining up a double hundred here. Signs of swing for England but Australia have done a lot of the damage already.
    8/21/2013 5:00:54 PM
  • WICKET! Watson c Pietersen b Broad - 176
    What a catch! What. A. Catch. Marvellous effort that from Pietersen in the deep, Watson pulling/hooking away and the England man pulling off a fantastic diving catch on the boundary.
    8/21/2013 5:01:48 PM
  • Australia 296/4 (Smith 66, Siddle 7)
    Broad fired up here and he's rewarded with a wicket. It's Australia's top scorer who departs and Siddle comes in as a nightwatchman. Good over and just what England needed. Two left in the day.
    8/21/2013 5:07:42 PM
  • Australia 301/4 (Smith 66, Siddle 12)
    Australia move past 300 as Siddle tickles one down the leg side. Last over of the day coming up from Broad.

    8/21/2013 5:12:51 PM
  • England have four slips, a gully and a short leg for the last over of the day...
    8/21/2013 5:13:27 PM
  • Australia 307/4 (Smith 66, Siddle 18)
    Siddle might be nightwatchman but he's not afraid of playing a few shots. He takes six runs from Broad's over - all in twos - to end the day.
    8/21/2013 5:17:39 PM
  • CLOSE OF PLAY
    8/21/2013 5:17:43 PM
  • That's all from me today - I hope you can join us again tomorrow from The Oval where England will be looking to fight back.
    8/21/2013 5:54:33 PM
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