Stuart Broad
Broad took the joint-fastest five-for in 19 balls in the fourth test Getty Images

England host Australia in the fifth and final test at the Oval having already taken an unassailable 3-1 lead in the Ashes.

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The match starts at 11am BST. Live coverage is on Sky Sports 2 (Sky Sports Ashes) and Sky Sports 2 HD. Click here for live streaming link.


With the series already decided England will be looking to put in their best effort and finish the series on a high, after a 5-0 drubbing at the hands of Australia in the reverse series down under. With Australia making a dramatic comeback in the second test, it was envisaged that the visitors will make more of a game in the remaining three tests, but the hosts virile display in the following two tests left no scope for disappointment.

The fourth and deciding test match was down to a Stuart Broad masterclass, who scalped eight wickets in the first innings to take Australia down for a paltry score of 60. In reply, Joe Root scored a brilliant 130, to pile a score of 391, taking a lead of 331 runs, which was always going to be a tough ask for Australia to chase. The visitors could only put up a score of 253 in the final innings, with Ben Stokes taking six wickets, and they lost the match by an innings and 78 runs.

However, captain Alastair Cook will want to perform in the final test as he has failed to do so in this series, scoring only 86 runs in seven innings thus far.

Meanwhile, Australia will be looking to put in a defying effort, after the humiliating defeat in the last test. Apart from the trio of Chris Rogers, Steve Smith and David Warner, none of the batsmen have been able to assert themselves, coupled with a sterile display by the bowling department.

Captain Michael Clarke, who is playing his final test for the national side will be hoping that his team step up to the task and help him go out on a high, marking an end to an illustrious career.


England to Win

Betting odds

  • England Win: 5/4
  • Draw: 41/13
  • Australia Win: 28/17

Team news


Possible XI: Alastair Cook (C), Adam Lyth, Gary Ballance, Ian Bell, Joe Root, Ben Stokes, Jos Buttler (WK), Moeen Ali, Stuart Broad, Steven Finn, Mark Wood.


Possible XI: Chris Rogers, David Warner, Steve Smith, Adam Voges, Michael Clarke (C), Peter Nevill (WK), Mitchell Marsh, Mitchell Starc, Mitchell Johnson, Josh Hazlewood, Nathan Lyon.