The Fifth and Final Test at The Oval

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The Fifth and Final Test at The Oval

Post by Duty281 on Thu 20 Aug 2015, 10:32 am

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England bowling first!

England Team
A Lyth, AN Cook*, IR Bell, JE Root, JM Bairstow, BA Stokes, JC Buttler†, MM Ali, SCJ Broad, MA Wood, ST Finn
Australia Team
CJL Rogers, DA Warner, SPD Smith, MJ Clarke*, AC Voges, MR Marsh, PM Nevill†, MG Johnson, PM Siddle, MA Starc, NM Lyon

Two changes for Australia - Siddle in for Hazelwood, and Mitchell Marsh replaces his brother. No Shane Watson recall.

England unchanged.

4-1 is so very possible.

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Re: The Fifth and Final Test at The Oval

Post by alfie on Sun 23 Aug 2015, 12:59 pm

Well I see trebell's rain arrived on cue...

Somehow doubt it will continue for five sessions. But does make you wonder if Cook had received a bit more support what might have been.

Not that it really matters : in truth Australia have still dominated this match , whether or not they get a win in the books. And , more importantly , England beat them handsomely 3-1 over the first four games and have fully earned the rights to the urn.

If they want to have a chance of retaining it in a couple of years a few more improvements are needed ; fair enough. Work for the new coaching group. Starting with the UAE tour.

But for now ; celebrate as soon as this is finished one way or another Bubbly

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Re: The Fifth and Final Test at The Oval

Post by Duty281 on Sun 23 Aug 2015, 1:07 pm

One last bet for the series - 14/1 that this game is a draw. One last nibble.

Tomorrow looks horrific, weather wise, and currently we have the sort of rain which will last for a few hours.

And need I mention that Moeen and Broad both have test centuries?!

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Re: The Fifth and Final Test at The Oval

Post by trebellbobaggins on Sun 23 Aug 2015, 2:13 pm

Told you Alfie.  I worked hard on that dance. (not hard enough it turns out).

Agree with all you say there.


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Re: The Fifth and Final Test at The Oval

Post by trebellbobaggins on Sun 23 Aug 2015, 3:06 pm

silly London, can't even rain for a whole day.

Congrats Aussie.

Overall good to get the Ashes back but a poor quality series really.

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Re: The Fifth and Final Test at The Oval

Post by Duty281 on Sun 23 Aug 2015, 3:30 pm

Game over. Series over. Well done to Australia in this one. clap

England land the expected victory, but it was closer than I anticipated. Serious improvements need to be made on the batting front if England are going to have a chance against Pakistan and South Africa - hopefully the form of the bowlers will remain; England always have a chance if their seamers bowl with the kind of aggression that we saw in Birmingham and Nottingham.

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Re: The Fifth and Final Test at The Oval

Post by Good Golly I'm Olly on Sun 23 Aug 2015, 3:33 pm

What a woeful series in terms of quality and entertainment
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Re: The Fifth and Final Test at The Oval

Post by guildfordbat on Sun 23 Aug 2015, 3:56 pm

Olly wrote:What a woeful series in terms of quality and entertainment


I thought there were some good performances at times but the complete absence of ebb and flow in every match was very disappointing.

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Re: The Fifth and Final Test at The Oval

Post by Steffan on Sun 23 Aug 2015, 3:59 pm

Oh well we managed to get one test back at the end. Well done to you English on winning the series though. Wait until you come and play us in Oz. We will whitewash you next time...honest Smile

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Re: The Fifth and Final Test at The Oval

Post by Duty281 on Sun 23 Aug 2015, 4:09 pm

We? Are you Steve Smith?

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Re: The Fifth and Final Test at The Oval

Post by Steffan on Sun 23 Aug 2015, 4:12 pm

Duty281 wrote:We? Are you Steve Smith?
I'm an honorary Aussie for the Ashes. Always have been since I was a kid. But well done to you lot on wining a deserved series victory

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Re: The Fifth and Final Test at The Oval

Post by Duty281 on Sun 23 Aug 2015, 4:15 pm

Shame on you, Steffan. Cheering against Wales, even when Simon Jones was performing some heroics in 2005.

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Re: The Fifth and Final Test at The Oval

Post by Steffan on Sun 23 Aug 2015, 4:21 pm

Duty281 wrote:Shame on you, Steffan. Cheering against Wales, even when Simon Jones was performing some heroics in 2005.
Watching Welsh players for England is kind of like watching Giggs for Man United. I would always be happy for him score 2 or 3 goals...as long as by the end of the match the other team had scored more

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