England vs Australia 5th Test Day 1 Scorecard - Ashes 2013
England vs Australia Live Score of Australia tour of England 2013, 5th Ashes Test Day 1 Match played at Kennington Oval, London on August 21st 2013. Australia won the toss and opted to bat against England on a dry pitch in the fifth and final Ashes Test match at The Oval in London on Wednesday (August 21).
Both teams made two changes apiece. Australia, as expected, handed a Test debut to James Faulkner, the all rounder, and brought back Mitchell Starc. Usman Khawaja and Jackson Bird were the ones to miss out. “Hopefully, lots of runs and lots of wickets,” said Michael Clarke when asked what he expected from Faulkner.
Clarke also confirmed that Shane Watson would bat at No. 3, adding that having batted at the top of the order for the best part of his Test career, Watson shouldn’t have trouble adjusting to the new position. “Runs in the first innings are crucial and we hope we can put enough runs on the board for the bowlers to bowl at,” said Clarke.
England, meanwhile, handed Test debuts to Chris Woakes, the all rounder, and Simon Kerrigan, the left-arm spinner. While Woakes replaced Jonny Bairstow, dropped after a poor run of scores, Kerrigan replaced Tim Bresnan, the injured paceman. Alastair Cook said that the two would have been picked irrespective of the series score, keeping in mind the conditions. Explaining the decision to pick two spinners – Kerrigan and Graeme Swann – Cook pointed to “the dryness of the pitch”.
England: Alastair Cook (capt), Joe Root, Jonathan Trott, Kevin Pietersen, Ian Bell, Chris Woakes, Matt Prior (wk), Stuart Broad, Graeme Swann, James Anderson, Simon Kerrigan.
Australia: Chris Rogers, David Warner, Shane Watson, Michael Clarke (capt), Steve Smith, Brad Haddin (wk), James Faulkner, Peter Siddle, Mitchell Starc, Ryan Harris, Nathan Lyon.
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