The grand finale - Eng v Aus 5th test @ The Oval

Amjid Javed

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England lead 5 match series 2-1 with this final battle @ the oval to be played. Historically the oval has been a good ground for england v Australia.

Eng V Aus head to head @ oval

played 33 - eng wins 15 Aus wins 6 draws 12

last ten tests @ oval v Australia

played 10 - eng wins 4 Aus wins 4 draws 2

so history favours england. scattered rain showers predicted over next 5 days which may cause disruptions during match.

place all updates on final test here please (sticky please)
 
england team news - collingwood replaces injured simon jones.
 
Didn't think I'd ever be sad to see that Anderson didn't make the team :(
 
Big Mac said:
Didn't think I'd ever be sad to see that Anderson didn't make the team :(

:( negative move by england. i wud have picked anderson.
 
how can oyu replace jones with collingwood? I mean he is a totally different player. IMO with jones gone and the return of mcgrath, things may even out in the final test.
 
Australia make one change mcgrath in for kaspo...!

hayden is retained!
 
England won the toss and will bat 1st...! crucial toss won.

Aussies need to bowl well!
 
The Wicket seems a typical aussie type wicket. pretty good pace and also alot of bounce.

mcgrath bowling good line as per usual.

lee has got some swing but hasnt got his line yet.

eng 7/0 (3)
 
A lot of bouncers being bowled here...
 
MenInGreen said:
A lot of bouncers being bowled here...

to many, aussies need to bowl abit fuller and straigher. new ball is being wasted at mo.
 
tresco edges ball thru vacant slip-gulley area for 4

england 16/0
 
leg stump half volley and four more for tresco...

eng 20/0
 
Eng picking up speed now - if they cross 350 in this innings, Aussies will not win!
 
superb over by mcgrath. good length and line & very unlucky
not to take a wicket.
 
lee bowls another bad ball. half-volley this time and 4.
 
England 38/0

This pitch is 450 minimum... looks a belter.
 
great start by england.. just need to keep it going
and look for a score of above 400 would be great...
 
was certainly an excellent toss to win.

Superb batting conditions here with England going along nicely. We need a couple of quick wickets now. Come on!
 
good hook by Tresco off McGrath ..Mcgrath looking a bit wayward...time for change in bowling?
 
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strauss edges warne for 4.. no chance for fielders.

next ball good delivery.

Warne straight into his stride.

strauss takes a single.

then Warne bowls a crap ball and tresco smashes a stretching cover drive for 4

overall good over.

drinks called.
 
warne gets pulled for 4

and 2 balls later a beautiful cover drive for4 by Vaughany.
 
England on target for another 400+.... Aussies might as well start packing up now....and Pakistan better start training - hard !
 
MenInGreen said:
England on target for another 400+.... Aussies might as well start packing up now....and Pakistan better start training - hard !

Too soon to say if it'll be 400, that famous collapse might not be too far away if another few wickets go, but I do think England have won Ashes with the weather forecast being what it is.
 
Vaughan caught off Warne.

ball was a bad ball...short delivery and he tried to pull it legside.

102 -2
 
Bell plumb LBW..ball didnt do anything albeit faster delivery.

3 wickets for Warne..one man show.

Having Collingwood in maybe a insurance.
 
tait bowls to full tosses to peiterson both dispatched for 4. followed by a cracking drive for 2

eng 115/3
 
Session 1 - goes to australia in my eyes... yes england have 100+ on board but this wicket is a belter for batting and to lose 3 wickets in 1st session is not what england would want.

Lunch-tea session is now a biggie!
 
Amjid Javed said:
Session 1 - goes to australia in my eyes... yes england have 100+ on board but this wicket is a belter for batting and to lose 3 wickets in 1st session is not what england would want.

Lunch-tea session is now a biggie!

defn

2 of the wickets were really given away.
 
MenInGreen said:
England on target for another 400+.... Aussies might as well start packing up now....and Pakistan better start training - hard !

dont count your chickens yet! :9:

recent oval test matches

example 1 - 1998 England 455 & 181 v Sri Lanka 591 & 37/0

example 2 - 2001 Australia 641/4 dec v england 432 & 181

example 3 - 2002 england 515 & 114/0 v india 508

*** example 4 - 2003 s.africa 484 & 229 v england 604/9 dec & 110/1

*** s.africa where 290/1 and 362/4 (close day 1) respectively and only needed to draw the test match to win series 2-1... yet they lost and it ended 2-2!

so no way is this game over if england get 400!!
 
Amjid Javed said:
dont count your chickens yet! :9:

recent oval test matches

example 1 - 1998 England 455 & 181 v Sri Lanka 591 & 37/0

example 2 - 2001 Australia 641/4 dec v england 432 & 181

example 3 - 2002 england 515 & 114/0 v india 508

*** example 4 - 2003 s.africa 484 & 229 v england 604/9 dec & 110/1

*** s.africa where 290/1 and 362/4 (close day 1) respectively and only needed to draw the test match to win series 2-1... yet they lost and it ended 2-2!

so no way is this game over if england get 400!!

The game is over it's a draw-it's simple ask the weather.
 
Amjid Javed said:
what shall i ask it? :))

ooops! I meant weatherman. lol.

I had hoped my 1000th post would be about someting good, not explaining myself about a typo
 
afta-lunch session to start.

warne starts off and almost bowls strauss 1st ball afta lunch!
 
warne almost gets strauss agen... superb stuff... come on warnie!

Eng 124/3
 
what a ball by warne

goneeeeeeeeeeeeeee yessssss

pieterson gone

come on warnie........
 
superb ball that pitches leg and hit middle-off.

pieterson trying to play against spin.

england 131/4
 
oh ho ho.. almost gets flintoff 1st ball...

flintoff off mark with 2 next ball
 
I am so angry.Took a day off from work and i overslept.:12: :12: But one consolation is i got in time to see that beauty from warne that got rid of kp:)
 
Elan Tedronai said:
I am so angry.Took a day off from work and i overslept.:12: :12: But one consolation is i got in time to see that beauty from warne that got rid of kp:)

oh well you can watch warne take rest of his 10 for now ;-)
 
woahhhh brett lee smashes 90 mph bouncer into flintoffs helmet!
 
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