Jofra Archer's six wickets have put England in a strong position at the end of the second day of the fifth Ashes Test at the Oval.

Australia were bowled out for 225, with only Steve Smith offering real resistance before Chris Woakes snared Australia's talisman for 80, while Sam Curran took two in two balls on his way to three wickets. England secured a first innings lead of 69.

Rory Burns overturned an LBW decision and Joe Denly was dropped in the gully but England survived the four overs before the close to end the day on 9-0, leading by 78.

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Welcome to Independent Sport's live coverage of the fifth Ashes Test. 

England are playing for pride, despite the opportunity to draw the series. 

The Ashes have been retained but Australia will look to secure a dominant 3-1 series win. 

Today marks the final England match under Trevor Bayliss' stewardship. He's lead England to a World Cup win and a win over the next five days would cap off his tenure well.

Leading up to the match he outlined his thoughts on how England can help their batsmen improve in test cricket:

Tim Paine wins the toss again and elects to bowl first. The reason behind his decision are the overhead conditions and the green tinge to the wicket.

Australia make two changes, Travis Head is replaced by Mitchell Marsh and Peter Siddle comes in for Mitchell Starc.

Joe Root says he would have chosen to bat first anyway if he'd won the toss.

England also have a couple of changes, Sam Curran and Chris Woakes come in for Jason Roy and Craig Overton.


England have the chance to level the series at 2-2 but they'll need to perform above and beyond over the next five days.

The first task is to set a big first innings total. At Old Trafford England's batting proved they could dig in and build an innings and they'll need to repeat that desire today.

With Sam Curran batting at 7, England have a long tail and the top order batsmen need to cash in early on.

Mitchell Marsh comes in to the Australian line up today as Tim Paine wants to ease the workload on the Australian bowling unit.

For the first time in the series Australia come into the game with four seam bowlers and a spinner:

The debrief for England has already started. Some are calling for wholesale changes others for minor alterations in the team.

Joe Root's captaincy is up for debate and a rebuild of the test team is required. 

For the 11 players on the field, the next five days provide another chance for them to prove their worth. 

If they can pull off a victory and level the series 2-2 they can look back on a very decent if not great summer.

Thinking of the new direction for the England test side after Trevor Bayliss' tenure comes to an end after this test match, how will the new coach take the team further?

Jonathon Trott wants him/her to find their own path and not draw parallels with what has come before: 


ENG 0-0, Burns 0, Denly 0

Rory Burns and Joe Denly will set the tone for England. Both have a chance to guarantee their places on the winter tours but only big hundreds will do.

Pat Cummins will take the new ball as he has done more often than not in the five test matches this summer.

ENG 0-0, Burns 0, Denly 0

Movement straight away. The ball darts across Burns and threatens the outside edge of Burns. 

Burns attempts a pushing drive down the ground as the ball swings in and then nips away.

ENG 0-0, Burns 0, Denly 0

It's a maiden over to start with for Australia.

ENG 0-0, Burns 0, Denly 0

Hazlewood will start from the other end, bowling at Joe Denly.


ENG 1-0, Burns 0, Denly 1

Denly tries to leave the ball outside the off stump but Hazlewood finds a bit of extra bounce and the ball hits the under edge of Denly's bat.

The ball nips of the pitch and bounces up at Denly, He gloves the ball into the leg side and takes a single for England's first run of the innings.

ENG 5-0, Burns 4, Denly 1

Burns blocks the first couple of balls that Hazlewood bowls to him before leaning into a square drive on the final ball of the over.

He finds the boundary and gets off the mark with a four.

ENG 5-0, Burns 4, Denly 1

Cummins over pitches the ball to Denly and encourages him to drive. Denly obliges and smokes a glorious shot to mid-off but doesn't beat the fielder.

ENG 7-0, Burns 4, Denly 3

Denly controls an outside edge by playing with soft hands. He guides the ball past the slip cordon and picks up another couple of runs.


ENG 7-0, Burns 4, Denly 3

Rory Burns knows the Oval well. He plays here for Surrey and has scored a lot of runs on this ground for his county. Can he transfer that form to England?

Hazlewood gets one to nip back into Burns and hits him on the pads. He appeals and Marais Erasmus gives it out.

Burns reviews.

ENG 7-0, Burns 4, Denly 3

Not out.

The ball hit Burns on the thigh of his back leg. Hawkeye shows the ball would be going over the top of the stumps.

ENG 7-0, Burns 4, Denly 3

It's a reprieve for Rory Burns. Hazlewood continues his nagging line but Burns makes it through the rest of the over.

ENG 7-0, Burns 4, Denly 3

What a decision from Kumar Dharmasena.

Cummins jags the ball back at Joe Denly, he beats the bat and flicks the thigh pad as it flies through to Tim Paine. The noise convinces everyone Denly hit the ball.

Australia appeal for the caught behind but umpire Dharmasena has seen the ball hit Denly's leg so he gives it not out.


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