Khawaja and Warner frustrated England in a rainy day on the 4th day of the 5th and final Ashes Test.

Khawaja and Warner frustrated England on the 4th day of the 5th and final Ashes Test.

Khawaja and Warner frustrated England on the 4th day of the 5th and final Ashes Test in Kia Oval London.

    Khawaja and Warner frustrated England as they both put their 50s and stuck on the crease till the stump with a healthy partnership of 135 runs in Kia Oval London. Australia is in the driving seat with this effort. England is struggling for a wicket.

Khawaja and Warner frustrated England.
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     Key Highlights of Day 4: [ 1 ] Stuart Broad received a guard of honor from Aussies.

     [ 2 ] England added just 6 runs on its last day total and posted a total of 395/10.

     [ 3 ] England set a target of  384 runs for the Aussies.

     [ 4 ] It will be a historical run chase for Australia.

     [ 5 ] Khawaja scored 69 not out today.

     [ 6 ] Warner scored 58 not out today.

     [ 7 ] Australia put 135/0 on the board today.

     [ 8 ] 135 runs partnership is the highest runs partnership by an Australian opening pair in England since Hayden and Langer’s 185-run stand at The Oval in 2005.

     [ 9 ] Rain interrupted today’s play and only 38 overs were bowled.

     [ 10 ] Play Abandoned for today and the stump had been called off.

     The Australian cricket team presented a guard of honor to outgoing Stuart Broad who came out to bat on the fourth day of the ongoing fifth Ashes Test at the Kia Oval in London. Broad announced his retirement from all formats after the third day’s play in London

Broad received a guard of honor
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     Weather forecast for today: chance of rain and it happened. But play started at the time. Stuart Broad and James Anderson resumed the day’s play. 

     Broad came onto the field and received a standing ovation from the crowd and the Australian team, who formed a guard of honor for the England cricketer. Broad took off his helmet as the applause grew louder.

    Play started Broad hit a six on Starc and added 6 in the last day’s total, England on 395/10. Now Anderson was on strike against Murphy, he tried to score some runs for the team but Murphy got him in front. Anderson was out LBW and England just added 6 runs on the last day’s total 395/10 was the final score. England took a lead of 383 runs which is huge and set a historic target for the Aussies.

    The pitch was still good enough for batting. However, the Aussies needed to be more active than in the first innings and a good start would be crucial to their chase here. , Also, on this day in 2011, Stuart Broad took a hat-trick against India in a Test match. If he could do the same in his last game, it will be a great moment.

     Australia needed 384 runs to win the series by a margin of 3-1. The run chase will be historic for Australia. The highest successful run chase at the Oval in Tests is 263 by England.

     Khawaja and Warner came to bat as an opener partner, They are playing together since their childhood so having a good bounding. Broad was ready on the other end with the new ball. Moeen Ali was in the field and looked fit, it was good news for England that Moeen Ali had recovered from his groin injury and looked 100% fit today.

     Chase started, the pitch was looking good to bat on, and Khawaja and Warner both were comfortable at the crease. Australia were 75/0 at lunch in 24 overs. Khawaja and Warner played solidly in the first session.   

     1st session belongs to Australia, as it got an early wicket and did not spend many runs. England were all out in the first two overs of the day with a lead of 383. Since then Warner and Khawaja have managed to have no trouble chasing the record chase at The Oval.

     Khawaja completed his fifty and The Team total was 104/0 then Warner completed his half-century and The Team total was 113/0. Australia needed 271 more runs to win this 5th and final Ashes Test here in Kia Oval London. Australia 126/0. Khawaja and Warner both were looking very solid at the crease with their 50s. No support for English bowlers, they looked frustrated.

    Another terrific hour of play for Australia. The visitors were very much into the game with an unbeaten opening stand. Both Khawaja and Warner went strong. Not much help for English bowlers there.

     Australia 135/0 in 38 overs – Rain stops play.   
     Milestone: 5000 Test runs for Usman Khawaja.

     Usman Khawaja reached his 5000 Test runs milestone. He’s now the 21st Australian to achieve this feat.     

     After an hour of play in the post-lunch session rain stopped the play. Early tea had been taken but rain did not stop. After some time umpire inspect that rain will not going to stop and they decided to play called off for today.

     Another good session for Australia. Warner and Khawaja did not face any problems so far. With no movement offered, England bowlers have tested both the Aussies batters [ Khawaja and Warner ] with bouncers but with no luck. After an hour of play in the second session, rain came during the drinks break and no play had been possible since then.

     Play abandoned for today. And that will be stumps for the day. It was always going to be difficult to resume the play today and it was only a matter of time before the decision was announced.

     If the weather opens up tomorrow, Australia will be heading into the final day of the Ashes needing 249 runs to win England needs 10 wickets. Hoping for a full day tomorrow, although the forecast says otherwise.

    At stumps, Khawaja (69no) and Warner (58no) had reached the highest partnership by an Australian opening pair in England since Hayden and Langer’s 185-run stand at The Oval in 2005.


Khawaja scored his fifty.
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Warner scored his 50.
Image courtesy Sky Sports.

    Warner and Khawaja will resume at their overnight scores of 58 and 69, respectively on Monday.

     Stuart Broad remained unbeaten on eight on his final Test appearance.

    Khawaja and Warner gave Australia the edge in the fifth and final Ashes encounter at Kia Oval as rain forced early stumps on Day 4. Together the pair added 135 runs for the opening wicket before rain interrupted the proceedings. With their efforts, Australia finds themselves in a comfortable position despite chasing a daunting task of  384 runs. Warner is batting at 58, while his partner Khawaja is playing on 69 and will lead Australia’s fight on the final day, with the visitors now needing just 249 more to win with 10 wickets in hand.     

     Earlier, Todd Murphy closed the England innings in the second over of the day as the hosts were all-out for 395 in the second innings.

What did Ricky Ponting say?

     Reacting to Australia’s bowling display, Ponting said, “Australia has been a bit all over the place, to be honest. I think what it has highlighted throughout the series is when you’ve got the new ball in hand, you’d better be ready to start and bowl your best delivery. If you don’t – as we saw today – there is a boundary off the first ball, then 13 off the first over, and the pressure is suddenly on the bowlers. That’s what England are trying to do and create. Australia hasn’t been ready.”   

     What did Broad say?

     Speaking on Sky Sports, Broad said, “Tomorrow or Monday will be my last game of cricket. It has been a wonderful ride. A huge privilege to wear the Nottinghamshire and the England batch as much as I have. I am loving cricket as much as I ever had, it has been such a wonderful series to be a part of and I have always wanted to finish on the top. This series feels like one of the most enjoyable entertainments I’ve been a part of.”   

     Broad retires!

     Veteran England fast bowler Broad has announced that the fifth Ashes Test will be his “last game of cricket”, thus bringing the curtains down on an illustrious career in which he became just the second fast bowler and fourth bowler overall to take over 600 wickets in the format.

     Broad will end his career as the second-highest Test wicket-taker of all time for England, only behind his longtime teammate and pace partner James Anderson.