Hello and welcome to CricketCountry s live blog of the fifth and final Ashes 2015 Test between England and Australia at The Oval, in London, starting Thursday. This is Devarchit Varma and I will be bringing you the live cricket scores and updates of the match. It will be no less than a dead rubber as England had already sealed an Ashes win this time around, with their emphatic thrashing of Australia by an innings and 78 runs at Trent Bridge in the fourth Test. Even though this fifth Test is of no real interest as far as result is concerned, it will be yet another massive test for the faltering Australians. Catch live cricket scores and cricket updates of the 5th Ashes 2015 Test between England and Australia, Day 1, here

LIVE CRICKET SCORE AUSTRALIA 287/3 in Overs 75: It was getting very dark at the venue and Steven Smith and Adam Voges decided to walk off after the umpires offered them the choice. A day for Australia to remember, not because their batsmen stepped up, but that too in some style. BATTING: Steven Smith 78 (132), Adam Voges 47 (87)

LIVE CRICKET SCORE AUSTRALIA 273/3 in Overs 75: Smith and Voges have resumed in the same passion after the rain interruption. Australia are scoring more than 3 runs an over and both these batsman look like they will go on batting at least till stumps today. BATTING: Steven Smith 76 (124), Adam Voges 36 (67)

Play has resumed after a brief rain interval.

Rains have stopped play at The Oval.

LIVE CRICKET SCORE AUSTRALIA 254/3 in Overs 70: Smith and Voges have take Australia past 250-mark with tremendous ease. How badly they would be cursing themselves for not putting up such performances with the bat earlier in this series? The partnership between Smith and Voges is of 68 runs now. BATTING: Steven Smith 70 (107), Adam Voges 27 (54)

LIVE CRICKET SCORE AUSTRALIA 224/3 in Overs 63: Steven Smith has settled in very well and he has completed his half-century. This is his 13th half-century in 33 Tests, and 63 innings. The right-handed batsman has also brought up 3,000 runs in his Test career. BATTING: Steven Smith 57 (93), Adam Voges 11 (26)

LIVE CRICKET SCORE AUSTRALIA 205/3 in Overs 60: Steven Smith is going on fluently and it will be safe to say that the future skipper has settled down well. Alongside him is Adam Voges, who too has looked determined to spend time in the middle. BATTING: Steven Smith 46 (81), Adam Voges 3 (20)

LIVE CRICKET SCORE AUSTRALIA 186/3 in Overs 54.4: WICKET! Ben Stokes has Michael Clarke caught behind for 15! There was a faint edge which the Hot Spot did not pick up, but the Snickometer showed a small spike. Kumar Dharmasena gave it OUT, and Clarke reviewed it unsuccessfully. BATTING: Steven Smith 29 (65),

OUT! Michael Clarke c Jos Buttler c Ben Stokes 15 (29)

LIVE CRICKET SCORE AUSTRALIA 184/2 in Overs 53: It is time for tea at The Oval with the outgoing captain Clarke at the crease alongside the future Australia captain Steven Smith. Third session should be interesting keeping Australian middle-orders’ recent performances in mind. BATTING: Steven Smith 29 (65), Michael Clarke 14 (23)

Michael Clarke has walked out to bat. He is wearing a black arm band in the memory of Phillip Hughes…

LIVE CRICKET SCORE AUSTRALIA 161/2 in Overs 45.1: WICKET! Moeen Ali gets another gift as David Warner has been caught in the first slip, 15 runs short of a deserving century. A simple delivery outside off, the batsman prodded to defend it. The ball too an edge and landed safely in the hands of Adam Lyth. BATTING: Steven Smith 22 (41)

OUT! David Warner c Adam Lyth b Moeen Ali 85 (131)

LIVE CRICKET SCORE AUSTRALIA 149/1 in Overs 43: So far so good for Steven Smith, who has looked very vulnerable with his technique, but has still managed to survive. Australia need a strong stand now, these two men are those who should get it done. BATTING: David Warner 80 (126), Steven Smith 15 (36)

LIVE CRICKET SCORE AUSTRALIA 127/1 in Overs 37: Steven Smith has joined Warner in the middle. The next Aussie captain has made yet another fidgety start, and it will be crucial for him to get some runs here. No pressure on him though. BATTING: David Warner 73 (108), Steven Smith 4 (15)

LIVE CRICKET SCORE AUSTRALIA 110/1 in Overs 33.2: Finally! England have something to smile about as Rogers edges one behind, and Cook takes the catch in the second attempt. A wicket for Wood and Rogers misses out on a deserving half-century. BATTING: David Warner 64 (101)

OUT! Chris Rogers c Alastair Cook b Mark Wood 43 (100)

LIVE CRICKET SCORE AUSTRALIA 109/0 in Overs 32: Rogers and Warner have been excellent this morning. For all the talk of The Oval being a greentop, there has been little assistance for the bowlers. Stuart Broad, Mark Wood, and Steven Finn have bowled well but without reward. For their part, Rogers and Warner have been excellent as well. BATTING: Chris Rogers 42 (93), David Warner 64 (100)

LIVE CRICKET SCORE AUSTRALIA 93/0 in Overs 29: Australia have resumed their second innings in the same passion. They would want to carry on in the same way as it has worked really well for them so far. BATTING: Chris Rogers 34 (82), David Warner 57 (93)

They had 30 runs in the first 15 overs, and the first boundary was hit only after 14 overs. Australia have not only shown discipline, but they have shown positive intent. Warner and Rogers have provided good starts earlier in the series as well, the real test will be of the middle-order. I will be back in about 40 minutes.

LIVE CRICKET SCORE AUSTRALIA 82/0 in Overs 27: Finally, Australia go into the lunch break remaining unscathed. They have earned it totally with some really good cricket, but this is only the beginning. BATTING: Chris Rogers 27 (75), David Warner 53 (88)

LIVE CRICKET SCORE AUSTRALIA 78/0 in Overs 25: There it is! Warner is the first one to get rewarded for the effort that he has put in here, as he strikes two fours off Finn in the 25th over to complete his half-century. A very impressive effort this from the Aussie opener. England still in search of the first wicket. Half-century number 19 for Warner in Test cricket! BATTING: Chris Rogers 25 (71), David Warner 51 (80)

LIVE CRICKET SCORE AUSTRALIA 66/0 in Overs 23: The scoring rate has crawled past three runs an over and this session is going Australia’s way. The English bowlers have tried their luck but their bowling line and lengths have not been really upto the mark. Warner and Rogers have shown tremendous discipline. BATTING: Chris Rogers 23 (66), David Warner 41 (73)

LIVE CRICKET SCORE AUSTRALIA 52/0 in Overs 19: This has been a fine start by the Australians. They have been not only determined and disciplined, but are also making a statement that they are not as frail as they are thought to be. Well, let’s see how the middle-order responds. Warner and Rogers going on strong for now, they have added more than 50 runs for the first wicket. BATTING: Chris Rogers 17 (54), David Warner 33 (61)

LIVE CRICKET SCORE AUSTRALIA 30/0 in Overs 15: There was a huge round of applause for David Warner when he hit the first four of the morning, in the 15th over, off Ben Stokes. The ball was short and in the zone, and Warner slammed it on the leg side. Rogers joins in soon, drives the final ball of the over through cover for the second boundary of the innings. BATTING: Chris Rogers 8 (43), David Warner 21 (47)

LIVE CRICKET SCORE AUSTRALIA 16/0 in Overs 12: Australian batsmen Warner and Rogers have shown some serious discipline here since the beginning. They have been beaten one or two times, but have remained in control largely. The run rate is very poor, but presevring wickets is the utmost importance here. England have replaced their bowlers and Steve Finn and Ben Stokes are in operation at the moment. BATTING: Chris Rogers 3 (35), David Warner 13 (37)

LIVE CRICKET SCORE AUSTRALIA 9/0 in Overs 8: No hurry here for the Australian batsmen who are not only looking to bide out time, but also get their eye in and score runs. There was an outside edge off Wood in the sixth over but the ball did not carry to Alastair Cook in the first slip. Slow and steady for the Australians so far. BATTING: Chris Rogers 1 (21), David Warner 8 (27)

LIVE CRICKET SCORE AUSTRALIA 8/0 in Overs 5: Australia have made a steady start so far. They have not looked to attack, and have left the ball really well outside the off. Stuart Broad is attacking from around the wickets and Mark Wood is bowling that traditional line from over the wicket. Warner and Rogers both starting to look good. BATTING: Chris Rogers 1 (10), David Warner 7 (20)

LIVE CRICKET SCORE AUSTRALIA 3/0 in Overs 2: David Warner pushes one down the ground off Mark Wood in the second over for two runs as Australia are away. No wickets so far. BATTING: Chris Rogers 0 (6), David Warner 3 (6)

LIVE CRICKET SCORE AUSTRALIA 0/0 in Over 1: Stuart Broad comes around the wicket to Chris Rogers and bowls a probing over. The first four balls are allowed to go to the wicketkeeper and then Broad hits Rogers on the pads and appeals loudly for a leg before. Alastair Cook and the men behind the wickets are not too happy with the effort. BATTING: Chris Rogers 0 (6), David Warner 0 (0)

The players are out there in the middle and there is a lot of nervousness in the Australian camp before the start of this Test. Australia will have to bat really, really well in order to make some impression after being drubbed so far in this series. Another English wicket is in the offering, Stuart Broad and England are looking pumped up. Let’s see what Australia can offer.

England win toss and choose to bowl. Peter Siddle and Mitchell Marsh are included in the Australia line-up, replacing Josh Hazlewood and Shaun Marsh. England are unchanged. There is grass on the wicket, and the overhead conditions, at least on this first morning, encourages seam bowling.

Teams:

England: Adam Lyth, Alastair Cook (c), Ian Bell, Joe Root, Jonny Bairstow, Ben Stokes, Jos Buttler (wk), Moeen Ali, Stuart Broad, Mark Wood, Steven Finn

Australia: Michael Clarke (c), Chris Rogers, David Warner, Steven Smith, Adam Voges, Mitchell Marsh, Peter Nevill (wk), Mitchell Johnson, Peter Siddle, Mitchell Starc, Nathan Lyon

Australia will be heading into another rebuilding span. Their captain Michael Clarke had announced after the fourth Test that he will retire at the end of this series. Clarke will be leading out Australia for the one last time in his Test career. PREVIEW: England vs Australia 5th Test at The Oval

Apart from Clarke, opener Chris Rogers and wicketkeeper batsman Brad Haddin will also be retiring at the end of the series. While Haddin did not play in this series after the first Test, the left-handed Rogers has been Australia s biggest success this tour. ALSO READ: ‘Laughable Australia facing yet another humiliation from England?

As far as England are concerned, they would not like to take the foot off the gas pedal and ensure that they continue to make most of the struggles the Australians are going through.

Squads:

England: Alastair Cook (c), Moeen Ali, James Anderson, Jonny Bairstow, Ian Bell, Stuart Broad, Jos Buttler (wk), Steven Finn, Adam Lyth, Liam Plunkett, Adil Rashid, Joe Root, Ben Stokes, Mark Wood

Australia: Michael Clarke (c), Steven Smith, Pat Cummins, Fawad Ahmed, Brad Haddin (wk), Josh Hazlewood, Mitchell Johnson, Nathan Lyon, Mitchell Marsh, Shaun Marsh, Peter Nevill (wk), Chris Rogers, Peter Siddle, Mitchell Starc, Adam Voges, David Warner, Shane Watson, Ryan Harris

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