Hello and welcome to Day 1 of the Fifth Ashes test from The Oval. Usman Khawaja and Jackson Bird have made way for James Faulkner and Mitchell Starc with the Aussies bolstering their bowling stocks. Can the Aussies end the series with a win?
Word is we're going to get 5 days of clear weather, so that's a win.
Also! It would appear Simon Kerrigan and Chris Woakes are set to play in the English XI - no word yet on who they're pushing out...
@Aussie: Amen! I'm thinking we only bat once on this pitch eh? Good plan
@Aussie: That would be a good start wouldn't it? Do you think he'll stay at #4? With Watto at 3?
@Aussie: Hmm... He's got a fair few 50s now but you're right. If he'd only converted one of those starts... gah!
@Joe: Great to have you back Joe. Fingers crossed we have a big day of batting first up
Goooood. We've had the toss and we're having a bat!
That's what we wanted to see... you beauty!
@Aussie: I don't know Aussie... Fingers crossed Smithy can score big runs tomorrow!
@Aussie: @Joe: Thanks for noticing fellas :-)
@Sanjay821130: Sanjay! Welcome back. All set for some runs today fella?
@JohnErichsen: John! How are ya? Starc back in!!