Ashes 2019: England v Australia, fifth Test day two – live!

Wicket! Harris c Stokes b Archer 3 (Australia 14-2)

WICKET! Warner c Bairstow b Archer 5 (Australia 5-1)


England bowled out for 294

WICKET! Leach b Marsh 21 (England all out 294)


Wicket! Buttler b Cummins 70 (England 294-9)



I’m sure Geoff Lemon has a clear vision for England’s middle-order. If you want to prise it from his fertile mind you can find him on Twitter or email. He’s all yours for the next few hours. I’ll see you again tomorrow.


Hello everybody and welcome to live OBO coverage of day two of the fifth Ashes Test from the Oval.

The state of play on this second morning is reflective of much of the series. The game is unfolding on Australia’s terms after a solid but far from flawless display in the field proved enough to expose England’s frailties with the bat. Rory Burns once again made a decent start, and once again Joe Root chipped in, but neither made the Smithian contribution demanded of them, leaving the scoreboard on the dreary side once the all-too common collapse occurred. Some early evening biff from Jos Buttler put some smiles on some faces but it served only to remind England followers what they were missing when the Ashes were still there to be won.

Frustratingly, considering the state of the series, little new was gleaned from yesterday’s action to add to the planning for future contests. The dismissals of Joe Denly and Jonny Bairstow in particular were agonisingly predictable.

Australia can take heart from Mitch Marsh’s show stealing performance with the ball. They can now look forward to almost three full days during which Steve Smith has the freedom to play merry hell with all sorts of records.

I’m around for the next hour or so to keep this show on the road, but when play begins Geoff Lemon will step into the breach. If you want to share your thoughts with the world during the next hour or so you can send them to me on Twitter or by email.