Ashes: Ponting backs Warner to retain opening spot at Oval


Though England can't beat Australia, they still have a chance to level the series.

Australia are [1.57] to win the Ashes series after England named an unchanged squad for the fifth and final Test.

The huge Test win led Australian Federal Police (AFP) savagely mocking England cricket team taking a dig on their win over New Zealand in the World Cup final.

The tourists lead the series 2-1, following victory in the fourth Test at the weekend, and England's team announcement comes as a surprise as their selectors were expected to make at least a couple of changes for the match at the Oval which begins on Thursday.

England's batsman simply couldn't compete and, in spite of some resilience at the crease as they tried to save the game, Australia retained the Ashes.

Retaining the Ashes in England for the first time since 2001 is hugely important after the past 18 months for Australian cricket.

England needed to bat out the final day at Old Trafford to keep the Ashes series alive and set up a decider at The Oval.

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But the 30-year-old's first Test innings since suspension saw him score 144 at Edgbaston, a hundred that helped Australia recover from 122-8 - and he followed that up with 142 in the second innings of a match his side eventually won by 251 runs.

All-rounder Ben Stokes will be assessed over his fitness to bowl after struggling with a shoulder problem.

All-rounder Stokes is the only English batsman to average over 50 in the series with 354 runs in four matches.

That would mean a bowling allrounder in Sam Curran or Chris Woakes coming in for a batsman, determined by head coach Trevor Bayliss and the captain, Joe Root.

"When you're known as a cheat - and he is, I'm not going to sugar-coat it, the three guys cheated - that's on your CV".

Joe Root (capt), Jofra Archer, Jonny Bairstow (wk), Stuart Broad, Rory Burns, Jos Buttler (wk), Sam Curran, Joe Denly, Jack Leach, Craig Overton, Jason Roy, Ben Stokes, Chris Woakes.