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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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    • ENGLAND CLOSE ON 32/0 (Trail by 460)
    • AUSTRALIA DECLARE ON 492/9 - Steve Smith 138 not out
    • Australia won the toss and chose to bat first
    • England lead the series 3-0

    Read Stephen Brenkley's report of yesterday's play by clicking here

    Relive the best bits of Day One by clicking here


    ENGLAND - Cook (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
    8/22/2013 9:13:06 AM
  • TEA
    8/22/2013 3:40:23 PM
  • Australia 401/6 (Smith 113, Faulkner 4)
    Woakes bowls the first over after Tea and Australia move past 400. Still supposedly 36 overs left to play today although I'm not sure how we're going to get them all in...
    8/22/2013 4:04:54 PM
  • Australia 417/6 (Smith 114, Faulkner 19)
    Australia are after quick runs here and that will suit Faulkner's game. He looked great in the IPL and he looks to be using that experience here, giving himself room and smashing Broad around. He picks up three fours and runs hard as Australia take 16 from the over.
    8/22/2013 4:10:35 PM
  • WICKET! Faulkner c Trott b Woakes - 23
    That's a first Test wicket for Woakes as Faulkner's lively cameo comes to an end. The Aussie batsman tried to pull it away on the leg side but got a bit of a top edge and Trott took a good catch running back at deep square leg.
    8/22/2013 4:12:20 PM
  • Australia 425/7 (Smith 118, Starc 0)
    So after being whipped away for four earlier in the over, Woakes beats Faulkner in the battle of the debutants. New man MItchell Starc has proved that he knows how to swing the willow before in this series though. 
    8/22/2013 4:16:46 PM
  • Australia 444/7 (Smith 126, Starc 11)
    Australia really going for it now, Steve Smith picking up the second four of Woakes' over with an extraordinary shot, like a Nadal crosscourt forehand winner, that races away to the boundary.
    8/22/2013 4:27:04 PM
  • WICKET! Starc b Swann - 13
    Starc tries to slog Swann into the leg side and misses it completely, the ball cleaning up his stumps.
    8/22/2013 4:28:55 PM
  • Australia 448/8 (Smith 127, Harris 1)
    Swann comes into the attack and immediately strikes - we've seen that before. Starc not allowed to cut loose in the manner that he did at Old Trafford.
    8/22/2013 4:34:06 PM

  • Steve Smith smashes a six... 
    by Charles Reynolds on Aug 22, 2013 at 4:41 PM bring up his maiden Test hundred 
    by Charles Reynolds on Aug 22, 2013 at 4:41 PM

    8/22/2013 4:42:33 PM
  • Australia 463/8 (Smith 133, Harris 10)
    Swann not looking very happy as Ryan Harris gets involved in the fun by launching him over the midwicket boundary for six. Australia must be thinking about a declaration before too long.
    8/22/2013 4:43:45 PM

  • Haddin chops a ball from Trott onto his own stumps 
    by Charles Reynolds on Aug 22, 2013 at 4:46 PM

    8/22/2013 4:46:57 PM
  • Australia 477/8 (Smith 136, Harris 21)
    Australia's declaration looks imminent - Brad Haddin has his wicket keeper pads on in the dressing room - as Harris launches Swann for another six, this time straight down the ground. Great shot.
    8/22/2013 4:52:25 PM
  • Australia 483/8 (Smith 136, Harris 27)
    Ryan Harris has proved before he's no fool with the bat and he does so again, carving one away on the off side for four, much to the displeasure of Broad. Australia pick up nine from the over.
    8/22/2013 4:56:45 PM
  • WICKET! Harris c and b Anderson - 33
    Harris goes for the big heave-ho and only succeeds in top edging it high in the air. Anderson takes a good catch running after it and eventually diving to take it at about cover.
    8/22/2013 5:01:34 PM
    8/22/2013 5:03:48 PM

  • The end of Mitchell Starc 
    by Charles Reynolds on Aug 22, 2013 at 5:05 PM

    8/22/2013 5:06:20 PM
  • Players are back out again - tricky little session for England to negotiate here.
    8/22/2013 5:16:37 PM
  • England 6/0 (Cook 6, Root 0)
    Mitchell Starc, restored to the side once more, opens the bowling for Australia and Cook gets off the mark, pulling away for a couple and then picking up a boundary tickling it much finer.
    8/22/2013 5:20:08 PM
  • England 6/0 (Cook 6, Root 0)
    No surprise that Ryan Harris kicks things off for Australia at the other end and it's a good start - a maiden to Ellen De Generes lookalike Joe Root.
    8/22/2013 5:23:37 PM
  • England 8/0 (Cook 8, Root 0)
    Couple more for Cook, but he's lucky not to nick one behind from Starc as he is drawn into playing a defensive shot with his bat away from his body.
    8/22/2013 5:27:39 PM
  • England 8/0 (Cook 8, Root 0)
    Harris keeps his high standards up, bowling a second consecutive maiden - he's yet to concede a run in this innings and Joe Root is still searching for his first.
    8/22/2013 5:32:55 PM
  • England 9/0 (Cook 9, Root 0)
    Root still looking to get off the mark, Cook picks up a single from Starc's over and then Harris bowls out his third successive maiden, this time to Cook.
    8/22/2013 5:39:36 PM
  • England 12/0 (Cook 9, Root 3)
    Debutant James Faulkner into the attack to replace Starc and he nearly gets Root first ball, edging the ball but it drops just short of the slips. Root then eventually gets off the mark, punching it past point for three runs.
    8/22/2013 5:44:33 PM
  • England 13/0 (Cook 9, Root 4)
    Double change for Australia as Peter 'The Vegan' Siddle comes into the attack from the Pavilion End and it's a tidy start. Just a single to Joe Root.
    8/22/2013 5:50:06 PM
  • England 14/0 (Cook 9, Root 5)
    This has been a lively start from Faulkner, Root picks up another single but then the debutant left-armer beats Cook with an excellent ball that moves away from him.
    8/22/2013 5:52:27 PM
  • England 22/0 (Cook 13, Root 9)
    Siddle and Faulkner continue but no breakthrough yet for Australia - both Root and Cook picking up boundaries, Root cutting away and Cook pulling one to the fence.
    8/22/2013 6:00:56 PM
  • England 22/0 (Cook 13, Root 9)
    With half an hour more for England to negotiate this evening, Peter Siddle keeps the pressure on with a well-timed maiden. 
    8/22/2013 6:04:53 PM

  • The Oval enjoying some good early evening weather 
    by Charles Reynolds on Aug 22, 2013 at 6:11 PM

    8/22/2013 6:12:00 PM
  • England 28/0 (Cook 13, Root 13)
    Mitchell Starc comes back into the attack and bowls a maiden (although with a leg bye and a bye thrown in) before Siddle continues, putting Root under a bit of pressure although the right-hander relieves it somewhat by driving for four past extra cover.
    8/22/2013 6:13:31 PM
  • England 30/0 (Cook 15, Root 13)
    England just about holding out here, pinching a single from each of Starc and Siddle's overs. Quite surprised we haven't seen a bit of spin yet. 
    8/22/2013 6:20:29 PM

  • Contender for weirdest photo of the Test 
    by Charles Reynolds on Aug 22, 2013 at 6:24 PM

    8/22/2013 6:24:14 PM
  • England 32/0 (Cook 17, Root 13)
    Ryan Harris comes into the attack and he almost bowls a fourth consecutive maiden before Alastair Cook spoils his fun (and figures) by picking up two off the last ball.
    8/22/2013 6:26:19 PM
  • England 32/0 (Cook 17, Root 13)
    Three balls into Siddle's over and the umpires decide to end play for bad light. That's it for the day...
    8/22/2013 6:29:01 PM
  • ENGLAND CLOSE ON 32/0 (Trail by 460 runs)
    8/22/2013 6:29:48 PM
  • That's all from me today I hope you can join us again tomorrow for Day Three from The Oval where England's first priority will be to avoid the follow on.
    8/22/2013 7:12:37 PM
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