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Ashes 2015: England vs Australia, 5th Test, Day 1

August 21, 2015, 11:18 AM IST
Ashes 2015: England vs Australia, 5th Test, Day 1

1/6

England won the toss and opted to field under overcast conditions at the Oval.

Ashes 2015: England vs Australia, 5th Test, Day 1

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Australia set about regaining some dignity after relinquishing the Ashes by scoring 287-3 on Thursday on the first day of the fifth Test against England, building a strong platform in their bid for a series-ending consolation victory.

Ashes 2015: England vs Australia, 5th Test, Day 1

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David Warner struck 85 and Steven Smith was unbeaten on 78 as normal service resumed after the chaos of the fourth Test.

Ashes 2015: England vs Australia, 5th Test, Day 1

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Smith, already confirmed as Australia's next captain, arrived at the crease looking to avoid registering a fifth straight single-figure score — after innings of 7, 8, 6 and 5 — and he did just that.

Ashes 2015: England vs Australia, 5th Test, Day 1

5/6

Warner and Chris Rogers (43) put on 110 for the first wicket before Smith and Adam Voges (47) reached stumps on an unbroken 101-run partnership, further muting what had been a flat atmosphere from the start.

Ashes 2015: England vs Australia, 5th Test, Day 1

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In between, Michael Clarke — playing his last Test before retirement — was afforded a guard of honor by England's players when he came out to bat. The Australia captain only scored 15 before edging behind off Ben Stokes, continuing his poor run of form this series.

Team Rankings

Rank Team Points Rating
1 India 5046 120
2 Australia 4320 108
3 England 5253 105
4 New Zealand 3449 105
5 South Africa 3537 98
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Rank Team Points Rating
1 England 6967 124
2 India 7939 118
3 New Zealand 5347 116
4 South Africa 5442 111
5 Australia 5854 110
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Rank Team Points Rating
1 Pakistan 8926 270
2 Australia 6986 269
3 England 6095 265
4 India 12141 264
5 South Africa 5248 262
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