Ashes 2019 fixtures list: England vs Australia match dates and TV schedule for fifth Test

The Telegraph

The Telegraph

Author 2019-09-15 11:33:00

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The 2019 Ashes is now into the fifth and final Test, with the urn retained by Australia and England now playing for pride.

Australia lead 2-1 with just The Oval Test to play and England are determined to ensure that the series at least ends all square.

Here is our guide to the fixture dates, TV coverage and more for this series of the Ashes.

Which dates are the fixtures?

What time will they start?

Subject to weather, play will begin at 11am BST each day during each of the five Test matches.

What happened in the fourth Test?

England's hopes of reclaiming the Ashes finally ended despite a battling rearguard in the fourth Test at Old Trafford.

The hosts nullified Australia's attack for most of a captivating final day as they sought an unlikely draw but they eventually surrendered to a 185-run defeat.

England saw off 84.3 of the 98 overs scheduled for Sunday but succumbed at 6.15pm when the dogged Craig Overton was given out lbw after batting 105 balls for his 21.

Overton had shared in a determined ninth-wicket stand with Jack Leach that lasted 64 minutes and cranked up the tension, but their efforts were not quite enough.

Australia's victory gave them a 2-1 lead in the series and meant they would retain the Ashes regardless of the result in the final Test at the Oval.

Australia's Steve Smith was unsurprisingly named player of the match after his first-innings 211 and quickfire 82 in the second.

What is each team's record?

Almost level, but not quite. Out of the 70 Test series so far, Australia have won 33 and England 32, with five draws.

There is a slightly wider margin when it comes to Tests, however. Out of 330 that have been played, Australia have won 134 to England's 106, with 90 draws.

What are the final Test odds?

What is our prediction?

It's hard not to predict another Australia victory. England's batting line-up is about as sturdy as a stack of cards in a hurricane and until a solution is found to this ever-worrying problem, Australia's bowlers will continue to have the upper hand. The Aussies will most likely win the series 3-1 as well as retaining the urn.

How can I watch the Ashes on TV this summer?

Find out more in our handy how to watch guide.

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