Ashes series ends in draw after England beat Australia by 135 runs in fifth Test
England have beaten Australia by 135 runs in the fifth and final Test of this year’s Ashes, ensuring the first drawn series since 1972.
Australia were already guaranteed to retain the urn after victory in the fourth Test at Old Trafford gave them a 2-1 lead. England’s win at the Oval denied the tourists an overall series win, as the hosts avoided a first home Ashes defeat since 2001.
Ashes 2019: Australia chasing 399 to beat England, fifth Test day four – live!
England took a 69-run lead into the second innings and built on it impressively, Joe Denly scoring 94 and Ben Stokes adding 67 as they were eventually all out for 329 early on Sunday. That left Australia a huge target of 399 to win, with almost two full days of play to survive in order to earn a series-clinching draw.
Stuart Broad quickly claimed the wickets of Marcus Harris and David Warner, before Jonny Bairstow stumped Marnus Labuschagne off the bowling of Jack Leach to leave Australia on 68-3 at lunch.
The key wicket of Steve Smith came soon after the resumption, with Stokes taking a fine catch at leg slip off Broad to remove the pivotal batsman. The England captain, Joe Root, dismissed Mitchell Marsh before tea, with Jack Leach dismissing Tim Paine early in the evening session.
Matthew Wade offered resistance, compiling an exceptional century as Australia threatened to force a final day. His stumping by Bairstow on 117 brought the finish line in sight for England, with the final two wickets falling soon after.
•Vic Marks’s report will follow