18 Oct Ashes 2019: ‘Right team retained urn but England will be desperate for draw’ – Agnew
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By Jonathan Agnew
BBC cricket correspondent
The Ashes have been kept by the team.
Australia were 1 step ahead, apart from the miracle at Headingley, along with also the tourists’ 185-run triumph at the fourth Test at Old Trafford showed that was only a remarkable one off.
Tim Paine’s side were much better able than England.
They had the goal of becoming the Australia group in 18 years to retain the Ashes within their landscapes absolutely in England. They had to focus on ball cricket after they were defeated by England in the World Cup semi-final.
England went on and won this World Cup final and it required a very long time to return to ground – those who played in it were tired and enjoyed the success.
Then the World Cup was the priority of the summer which was vindicated by them winning it, if England are truthful.
Nevertheless, it’s never possible to play with both one-day and Test cricket to the maximum standard – just how does one trainer prepare two groups to win a World Cup and an Ashes at exactly the summer?
England were coming out of the majority of the collection.
They never got over the loss of leading wicket-taker James Anderson after he bowled four overs from the first Test at Edgbaston prior to a calf injury kept him from the rest of the collection.
It may not have turned but it was a means to begin and England have been attempting to claw their way.
For is success in the fifth Test at The Oval, beginning to draw the series 2-2.
There’s no reason why they can not and they’ll be hell-bent on success, not least because the World Test Championship points on offer may be crucial in eligibility for the closing further down the line.
They’ll reflect on a pretty prosperous summer if England can beat Australia at The Oval.
However, Australia might want to acquire the Ashes and also will not take their foot off the gas.
This already means a lot for Australian cricket after the past 18 months because the ball-tampering scandal – they all may feel it’s redeemed them and the more games they win, and the further it moves them from this very dark place they dropped to in South Africa.
For England to triumph at The Oval as they did at the second half of the Old Trafford Test, when they struggled bravely with the bat and had Australia 44-4 in their second innings, they must perform to attempt to salvage a draw.
They’ll wonder what happened on this day, when together with the exclusion of Stuart Broad they didn’t appear to turn up – it will cost them the match.
As predicted, the batting of England has been quite delicate, apart from a fine performances, and they revealed personality.
Australia have had the Steve Smith piling on runs around him despite having a great deal of doubt and he’s shaped partnerships that were enough to get his side into powerful positions allow loose their big fast bowlers.
Josh Hazlewood in particular and pat Cummins happen to be in a different league.
Broad has had four really powerful games – back at the start of the summer there was a thought he may be saying farewell but that won’t happen.
Since he appears to do, it has been very good to see him back and accepting responsibility from the lack of Anderson.
But he has been on his own a bit. Jofra Archer has had spells that are remarkable in wearing England’s batsmen, but in contrast the Australia speed attack have been constant.
England have named an unchanged squad for The Oval however I will see all-rounder Sam Curran coming at for Jason Roy, when Ben Stokes’ shoulder injury means he plays as a batsman and can not bowl instead.
It’s extremely difficult being the Ashes captain and Joe Root hasn’t had a series with the bat so folks inevitably start speaking about the captaincy impacting his form.
It’s hard coming having never captained a side before and it’s a scenario England cricket finds itself in all of the time.
I can not think of anyone in or around the team that may replace Root.
That is not the only reason Root should stay on, of course – that shows he cares, although he’s steeped in cricket also can get careworn in conquer.
The work things to him and he will be disappointed.
England will have a new coach that will be an chance for Root and once Trevor Bayliss steps down at the end of this series.
They have a tendency to listen to what the captain needs Every time a trainer joins an present captain and Root will have the ability to call all the shots.
He’s got a fantastic sense of humour so will not be happy with what has happened in the Ashes, but he is also a very steely personality.
It will be a test of his skill as captain to get England improving, beginning with how they go at The Oval.
Jonathan Agnew spoke to BBC Sport’s Jack Skelton.