Australia need 399 runs to win Ashes series 3-1, England need to bowl Aussies out in two days to avoid first series defeat since 2014

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England were all out for 329 in their second innings in the last Test match of the Ashes series currently being played at the Oval cricket ground in London. The last man to out was Jack Leach, who failed to judge the spin of Nathan Lyon, who finished 4-65 and gifted his wicket away. This meant that England now have a total lead of 298 runs and Aussies will need 399 runs to win the last Test match.

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Jofra Archer was adjudged Man Of The Match for his 6-62.

England on Saturday had taken a big lead over Australia in the final Ashes Test being played at the Oval cricket ground in London. At the end of the third day’s play, the hosts had a lead of 382 runs with two wickets remaining.

England batsmen were unusually aggressive in their second innings with both Joe Denly and Ben Stokes scoring fifties. While Stokes was out for 67, Denly was unlucky to not have completed his maiden century as he fell for 94. Together with Stokes, Denly added 127 runs for the third wicket. Jos Buttler too made a quickfire 47, which contributed significantly in England’s total of 313-8.

A win at the Oval will be hugely morale-boosting for the hosts since this will help them avoid their first series defeat since 2014 and first to Australia in 18 years. If England manage to draw the series by beating Australia here, this will be the first time an Ashes series will end in a draw since 1972.

Former Aussie fast bowler Jason Gillespie wrote on Twitter, “I have a feeling this is going to be a close finish to this Test Match…. Lots of time left in the game.”

Australia have already lost their first five wickets for 186 in their second innings.

Scores in brief

England 294 & 329 all out: Denly 94, Stokes 67, Lyon 3-65
Australia 225: Smith 80, Archer 6-62

Australia need 399 to win

 

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