Ashes 2021-22 fifth Test, day one: Australia v England – live! | Sport

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A cracking rendition of the English nationwide anthem from Georgia Wilkinson. Ceremonial duties are accomplished and we’re able to go.

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Play to start at 3:30pm, native time.

Sam Billings moments after getting his England cap. {Photograph}: Mark Kolbe – CA/Cricket Australia/Getty Pictures


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As anticipated, simply the one change for the Australians, with Travis Head changing Marcus Harris, and Usman Khawaja shifting up the order. He has an unimaginable document as an opener however this will likely be some form of problem.


Australia XI: David Warner, Usman Khawaja, Marnus Labuschagne, Steve Smith, Travis Head, Cameron Inexperienced, Alex Carey (wk), Pat Cummins (c), Mitch Starc, Scott Boland, Nathan Lyon #Ashes

January 14, 2022

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A bunch of adjustments for England. No Anderson, who was born to bowl on pitches like this. Jonny Bairstow didn’t come up. A Check debut for Sam Billings, at present the keeper for the Sydney Thunder, and England’s 700th Check cap.

England XI: Rory Burns, Zak Crawley, Dawid Malan, Joe Root (c), Ben Stokes, Ollie Pope, Sam Billings (wk), Chris Woakes, Ollie Robinson, Mark Wooden, Stuart Broad #Ashes

January 14, 2022

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Some extraordinary footage right here. If rain persists, I’ll hyperlink to the longer clip the place Beefy is interrogated for an hour by a bunch of indignant 9-year-old Scots – up there with the funniest factor I’ve seen on the web.

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Begin your Check match with some really uncommon stuff: how Botham’s Queensland stint resulted in 1988 #Ashes

January 14, 2022

10.38pm EST


On this chilly climes, Brendan from Sydney reminds us that Onslow in Western Australia yesterday recorded Australia’s hottest ever temperature – 50.7 levels. Undecided how our English readers would deal with that. Not superb circumstances for swing bowing both.

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It’s raining. It’s Tasmania. Nevertheless it doesn’t look too nasty. The 3pm begin could also be in peril, however the climate boffins stay assured the rain shouldn’t be an excessive amount of of an element right now.

Groundstaff haul out the covers in Hobart.

Groundstaff haul out the covers in Hobart. {Photograph}: Darren England/AAP

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And right here’s Ali Martin, who’s been in high-quality fettle all through the sequence, on an England crew shambling to the top of a tough tour.

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To kick issues off, right here’s a splendidly evocative piece from Geoff Lemon on Tasmania; simply how stunning it’s, simply how chilly it’s (by Australian requirements!) and simply what this Check match means to the locals.

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Hi there all, and welcome to our over-by-over protection of the opening day of the fifth Ashes Check. Climate allowing, and it hardly ever permits on this a part of Australia, play kicks off in Hobart at 3pm native time – that’s 4am within the UK.

“We’re right here making ready for the largest sporting occasion Tasmania has ever seen,” the State’s Minister for Recreation and Sport mentioned earlier this week. And certainly, there’s tons to be enthusiastic about within the Apple Isle. It’s first Check match within the state for 5 years. It’s the primary ever Ashes Check in Tasmania. And it’s Hobart’s first day/night time Check. The ball is pink. The pitch is greener than Bob Brown. The skies are temperamental. There’s loads to sit up for.

The remainder of the nation, it should be mentioned, has different considerations. Covid is rampant, the availability chains are breaking down, the federal authorities is dithering, and the nationwide temper is bleak. The smirking mug of Novak Djokovic leads the information each night time. A Check cricket match, useless rubber however, is a welcome distraction from all that.

A bruised and battered England aspect is seeking to win its first Check in Australia since 2010-11. The fourth Check was an absolute doozy and the guests will likely be seeking to go one higher and salvage one thing from what’s been a dire month and a bit. Australia’s document in pink ball dwelling Checks is extraordinary – 9 Checks, 9 wins. The bookmakers have them as prohibitive favourites. For the remainder of us, one thing resembling the ultimate day in Sydney would do properly.

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