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Australia v England - Fifth Test

Australia v England - Fifth Test

  • Good morning everyone and welcome to interactive text commentary of the first day of the fifth Ashes Test here in Sydney.
    1/2/2014 9:13:41 PM
  • Good morning from the SCG. Coverage of the fifth Test starts with Ashes Extra on SS2 at 10.30pm UK #ashes http://pbs.twimg.com/media/BdASw-jCMAA9SoN.jpg

  • Plenty of speculation about England's team today. We could be seeing as many as three debutants with Gary Ballance, Scott Borthwick and Boyd Rankin all tipped for a first cap. I'll get the thoughts of the Sky Sports commentators as soon as they sink their first coffees of the day
    1/2/2014 9:38:32 PM
  • Will Ballance make the England XI today?

    1/2/2014 9:40:22 PM
  • A quick pan around this famous ground

    1/2/2014 9:50:46 PM
  • Nasser's views on England's XI for this Test:
    [nasserhussain] I think Borthwick will play instead of Panesar. I think Rankin will come in for Bresnan but the one they are undecided on I think is that Ballance will play but they are unsure whether to leave out Root or Carberry. Personally I would play him for Carberry, despite the fact he has scored more runs than Root.

    1/2/2014 9:56:50 PM
  • Nasser on the pitch and toss:
    [nasserhussain] The pitch looks to have more grass than usual here at the SCG but sometimes they look ugly and play pretty well so that's why Borthwick may play because if Panesar doesn't bowl many overs he doesn't bat and doesn't offer much in the field. With these cloudy skies it could be a 50-50 choice at the toss.

    1/2/2014 10:04:05 PM
  • Plenty of schmoozing taking place in the grounds of the SCG

    1/2/2014 10:07:56 PM
  • [cloudy] We have had plenty of overnight rain here in Sydney and the skies remain grey an hour or so before the start of play. The forecast is for the odd shower on a muggy opening day. With a green tinge on the pitch, you feel whoever wins the toss will have a bowl
    1/2/2014 10:10:16 PM
  • Plenty of speculation in the comms box over England's XI. What changes would you like to see from Melbourne? #ashes #stayup #catchup
  • On air in 15 mins. Some surprising team news coming up from the SCG...
  • In the build up to day one we have interviews with Darren Lehmann and Gary Ballance, as well as potential cap presentations... #ashes
  • Benedict has the key stats before day one:
    [benedictbermange]
    • The last time England had three debutants in the same Test was when Alastair Cook, Ian Blackwell and Monty Panesar played against India at Nagpur in March 2006
    • Australia have never fielded an unchanged side in a five-Test series
    • If Australia avoids defeat here, they will move into third place and above England in the ICC Test Championship
    • The most ever wickets taken by a left-armer in a Test series was Billy Whitty (37) in 1910/11. Mitchell Johnson currently has 31
    • England are yet to dismiss an Australia batsman lbw in the series


    1/2/2014 10:19:32 PM
  • Bumble has been hunting for team clues ahead of play

    1/2/2014 10:26:09 PM
  • Three new caps just given out to England players #ashes
  • So it's been confirmed: Gary Ballance, Scott Borthwick and Boyd Rankin are all handed debuts in this final Ashes Test. What are your thoughts? #ashes
    1/2/2014 10:31:27 PM
  • Beefy believes Rankin deserves his debut:
    [ianbotham] I think Boyd Rankin should have played two Test matches ago in Perth. He can bowl and take wickets. You have got to make changes and move on eventually else we'd still have Willis and Botham opening the bowling for England.

    1/2/2014 10:37:02 PM
  • Big toss to win and bowl coming up...
  • [benedictbermange] On the two previous occasion England have played three debutants, one has not played again. Gavin Hamilton (1999) and Ian Blackwell in (2006)

    1/2/2014 10:50:27 PM
  • Australia are unchanged #ashes
  • Australia: Rogers, Warner, Watson, Clarke (c), Smith, Bailey, Haddin (wkt), Johnson, Harris, Siddle, Lyon.
  • Both teams opting to play players to find out about them at this level in @carbs and Bailey ... Understandable .. #Ashes
  • STAT | This is the 1st time Australia have named the same XI for every Test in a 5-Test series #Ashes #WWOS
  • CORR: So Root, Bresnan and Panesar make way for Ballance, Rankin and Borthwick. What are your thoughts? #ashes #stayup #catchup
  • Looking at the wicket there is a bit of green grass on it and there is overhead (assistance) for the bowlers as well. We want to try and make first use of the new ball.
    England captain Alastair Cook on his decision to bowl first
    1/2/2014 11:03:14 PM
  • [andrewstrauss] That's the right call. I would definitely have bowled first. It's a green pitch and the overheads should suit the bowlers.

    1/2/2014 11:04:43 PM
  • I think it's always exciting watching guys make their debuts. It's a proud moment for them and takes you back to when you made your own debut.
    Cook on picking three debutants in England's XI
    1/2/2014 11:05:05 PM
  • If we play the same way as we did in the first four Tests then there is no doubt about it (Australia will complete a 5-0 whitewash). But I think today is going to be quite tough, batting first on this wicket. We've got a big job ahead of us.
    Australia captain Michael Clarke after losing his first toss of the series
    1/2/2014 11:08:10 PM
  • Shane gives his pre-match thoughts:
    [shanewarne] It was a no-brainer for England. You have to bowl first. The ball will really swing and it's similar overhead conditions to Headingley today. I think England's team is pretty good. It's good to see Bell in at three and I'm looking forward to seeing leg-spinner Borthwick and big Boyd Rankin - he'll love bowling on this.

    1/2/2014 11:08:58 PM
  • I don't think I called us 'the unchangeables' - but we are going with the same team. It's credit to our support staff and the players to be able to get up day after day and manage their bodies as well as they have...
    Clarke on Australia picking the same starting XI for the fifth time in a row
    1/2/2014 11:10:57 PM
  • Here's what cricket is coming up on Sky Sports in 2014

    1/2/2014 11:12:30 PM
  • Check out the latest Sky Bet odds ahead of the fifth Ashes Test in Sydney: Australia are 4/6 to complete a 5-0 whitewash with England 9/4 and the draw available at 4/1. Bet in-play throughout the final Test here.
    1/2/2014 11:13:42 PM
  • Get in and cash in . There is enough in it (to justify Cook's decision to bowl first). In saying that, it puts pressure on the bowlers as well. They have to execute, get the ball in the right place, if they don't this is a fast outfield. Runs on the board are going to be crucial in this Test because this grass (on the wicket) isn't going anywhere throughout the Test - there is going to be enough whenever you bowl.
    Clarke's views on the SCG wicket, his home ground
    1/2/2014 11:14:51 PM
  • Michael gives his thoughts on England's decision to drop Joe Root

    1/2/2014 11:17:47 PM
  • England win the toss for the first time in the series and choose to BOWL first #ashes
    by Sky Sports Cricket via twitter edited by Graeme Mair 1/2/2014 11:20:05 PM
  • Cook presents caps to Ballance, Borthwick and Rankin before play

    1/2/2014 11:27:21 PM
  • EIGHT left handers in the England team!
  • [benedictbermange] England have eight left-handers in their Test XI - the most ever in their history and equalling the West Indies' Test record

    1/2/2014 11:30:03 PM
  • Over 1 - Australia 0/0 (Rogers 0, Warner 0)
    James Anderson takes the new ball for England with three slips (Cook, Bell and Borthwick), gully and a short-leg in place. Humid, overcast conditions but there is not much evidence of early swing as Chris Rogers blocks out a maiden on the back foot.
    1/2/2014 11:35:42 PM
  • Over 2 - Australia 2/0 (Rogers 0, Warner 2)
    Same field for Stuart Broad. Short-leg is deeper and squarer than usual for both bowlers. Broad gets it swinging in at the left-handed David Warner and is briefly excited by an lbw appeal (it pitched outside leg, wasn't going to swing back enough to hit leg-stump and Warner got an inside edge - apart from that a decent shout). Warner gets the first runs of the day with a couple steered into the covers.
    1/2/2014 11:40:58 PM
  • I haven't seen a wicket look like this one at the SCG since I played 3rd grade for St Kilda at the Ross Gregory ground in 1985/86 !!!!!!
  • Over 3 - Australia 6/0 (Rogers 4, Warner 2)
    Rogers steers the first boundary of the day down to third-man, a toe-end that went down and just wide of third slip. Anderson is shaping it back at the left-handed Rogers, who has plenty of experience of batting in these type of conditions from his decade-plus of county cricket.
    1/2/2014 11:45:46 PM
  • Ian Ward chats with Gary Ballance before the fifth Ashes Test in Sydney

    1/2/2014 11:49:08 PM
  • Over 4 - Australia 19/0 (Rogers 4, Warner 15)
    Three boundaries in the over for Warner; two driven down the ground between the bowler (Broad) and mid-off in fine style. The other a square-cut that bounced more than he expected and only just evaded a diving Carberry at backward point. Warner now has 500 runs in the series, more than 100 clear of his nearest rival Haddin.
    1/2/2014 11:50:08 PM
  • Over 5 - Australia 19/0 (Rogers 4, Warner 15)
    Short-leg goes back to square-leg for Anderson, who surprises Warner with an outswinger that passes the outside edge.
    1/2/2014 11:53:07 PM
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