Live England vs Australia, Ashes 2019: live score and latest fifth Test updates from day four at The Oval
England lead Australia by 382 runs with 2 wickets remaining
- 12 September 2019
- 5th Test
- Kia Oval, London
- Start time:
- Handunnettige Dharmasena / Marais Erasmus
- Australia won the toss and elected to bowl.
England lead Australia by 382 runs with 2 wickets remaining — Close of play
England First Innings:294 all out (87.1 overs)
Cummins (25-6-84-3), Marsh (18-4-46-5)
Australia First Innings:225 all out (68.5 overs)
Archer (23-9-62-6), Curran (17-6-46-3)
England Second Innings:313 for 8 (91.0 overs)
Denly 94, Stokes 67, Archer 3*, Leach 5*
Vaughan on Root
Michael Vaughan believes Joe Root is still the man to lead England, despite the criticism he's received this series.
All the talk of Joe Root’s position being under threat - I understand it in a way. But I still think it’s wrong. It sometimes takes captains a long time to understand how to go about things, and develop that tactical nous and instinct. He’s going in the right direction. Root is certainly the man to lead them forward.
This series has been pretty much the story of Root’s time as captain: inconsistent. One week good, one week bad. And then repeat. That’s why England haven’t done enough to win the Ashes, even though they’ve shown a lot of character so far at The Oval.
Read Vaughan's full column here.
Looking ahead to day four
Joe Denly's fluent 94 on day three put England in control of the final Ashes test and the hosts moved on to 313-8 to lead Australia by 382 runs at the close of play on Saturday.
Denly fell six runs short of his maiden test century and Ben Stokes made a sparkling 67 in bright sunshine at the Oval to put England in a strong position to level the series at 2-2.
Australia ensured they will retain the Ashes by winning the fourth Test in Manchester and are bidding to secure their first test series victory in England since 2001.
Denly and Stokes came together after England lost Rory Burns for 20 and Joe Root (21) in the morning.
Burns had driven Peter Siddle sweetly through mid-off to bring up the first half-century opening stand of the series but he departed after a wild slash at a wide ball from spinner Nathan Lyon which he edged to wicketkeeper Tim Paine.
Captain Root, bidding to register his first test century in the series, pushed forward tentatively at Lyon and nicked a simple catch to Steve Smith at slip and the home side took lunch on 88 for two.
Stokes, dropped at slip off Lyon on seven, started slowly before unfurling some trademark attacking shots to entertain a packed crowd.
Denly clipped Josh Hazlewood through mid-wicket for his seventh four to reach fifty for the third time in the series and the 33-year-old right-hander struck a few sweetly-timed strokes in his highest test score.
Stokes, who made a brilliant century to lead England to a dramatic victory in the third test at Headingley, moved past fifty with a six off Marnus Labuschagne before he was bowled by Lyon to end a fine third-wicket partnership of 127.
Denly's five-hour vigil was halted when he edged Siddle to Smith at slip and Jonny Bairstow fell for 14, nicking another catch to Smith off the bowling of Mitchell Marsh.
Sam Curran was caught down the leg side by Paine off Pat Cummins for a breezy 17, Chris Woakes was brilliantly caught one-handed by Smith off Marsh and Jos Buttler plundered 47 before skying Siddle to a diving Labuschagne at square leg.
Jofra Archer and Jack Leach steered England through to the close without further loss and Australia will face a daunting run chase over the remaining two days of the match.
- Rob Bagchi will be here at 11am to provide over-by-over coverage