The Ashes, 2019
Venue: The Oval, London
Date: 12 September-16 September, 2019
RR: 3.55 | Day 4: Tea Break
Can Australia keep on fighting and drag this Test at least till Day 5 or will England get rid of the lower order and wrap up the game and level the series in the final session of Day 4 itself? Join us after the break to find out.
Another session which belonged to England. They started the session well by getting rid of the ultra dangerous Steven Smith. Mitchell Marsh and Matthew Wade put up a strong fight after that with a 63-run stand but the former fell prey to Joe Root against the run of play. Matthew Wade though is looking strong out in the middle and has batted really well to get to his 50. He is joined by his skipper and now the captain will need to lead from the front if Australia are to pull off the miracle.
Jack Leach is back on!
England have taken a review. If it is for LBW then it looks high. Let us see what the replays have to say.
Joe Root brings himself into the attack. He will be looking to bowl into the rough.
Jofra Archer is back on. 4-0-15-0, his figures so far.
DRINKS! What an hour for England! Yes one can say they have got just one wicket but if that one wicket is of the man that has single-handedly taken the Ashes back home then it has to be said that it has been a solid hour for England. They should have had two but Woakes was guilty of overstepping had he stayed in line Marsh would have been back too.
Chris Woakes is back on. 3-1-5-0, his figures so far.
Jack Leach is back on. 5-1-13-1, his figures so far. Short leg, leg slip and a slip in place.
The next man in for Australia is Mitchell Marsh. The visitors need a blinder of an innings from him to have any chance of winning this Test match.
Stuart Broad to bowl from the other end. He has been great to the left-handed batters in this series and will be looking to trouble Matthew Wade as much as possible.
Welcome back to the coverage of the second session of Day 4 of the final Ashes Test match. The English players are back out in the middle and they are pumping after a great first session. As for the Aussies, the equation is quite simple, keep wickets in hand and keep the scoreboard ticking. Steven Smith and Matthew Wade are out in the middle with the former taking strike. Chris Woakes will start the proceedings for the hosts.
... Day 4, Session 2 ...
Australia are on the back foot in this Test and only a miracle innings from their saviour of the series, Steven Smith can save this match for them. He though will need someone to be equally good if that is to happen. Wade has joined him out in the middle. Can the Tasmanian be the one to play the heroic knock from the other end? Join us after the break to find out.
After adding 16 runs to their overnight score, England gave the visitors a stiff target of 399. Just like the highlight of the series, Broad got rid of the openers quickly. Labuschagne and Smith then once again tried to steady the ship but the genius with the spectacle, Jack Leach, got rid of the dangerous Labuschagne.
Excellent session for England. They have dominated the first session and are on top of this game.
England hustling around as they want one more over before Lunch. And they will get it as Jack Leach has the ball in hand.
Auskar - 'Labu gone? Smith Part II out? Gone. This Test match is over. Will we witness a third session?' KingVic@Auskar - 'Mate. They have a plane to catch at 9 pm. This day will not have a post-Tea session.' @KingVic - Amazing to see your in-depth information....
The new man in is Matthew Wade.
The square leg umpire has gone upstairs for stumping. Marnus Labuschagne is the man in danger. Bairstow thinks he has his man. He was quick as lighting to get rid of the bails. Let us see what the replays have to say.
Spinner into the attack now. Jack Leach to roll his arm over.
Sam Curran into the attack. He troubled this duo in the first innings. Good move to bring the young all-rounder on by Root.
Steven Smith is at the crease. The same old script, the Australian openers dismissed cheaply and Smith and Labuschagne trying to rescue the innings. The only question that remains is, will they be able to do it?
Here is Michael Holding talking about the batting technique of David Warner. He picks out three dismissals of Warner and points out that David is playing well in front of his pads and not under his eyes. He is trying to approach the ball rather than waiting back and greeting it. Holding quips, if David Warner continues to bat like this in England, he will need a lot of luck to succeed.
Marnus Labuschagne walks out at number 3.
Jofra Archer unleashed from the other end. He dismissed David Warner in the first innings and is fresh from a 6-fer.
Marcus Harris is out to bat with seven stitches on his hand. He hurt himself on the evening of Day 2 while attempting a catch. He didn't take the field yesterday but is still batting at his preferred position because it was an external injury. It will be interesting to see how much of an impact those stitches have on his game. He has not had a brilliant series so far and this might make matters worse.