England in search of Ashes history in Oval Test
England may have already regained the Ashes but captain Alastair Cook is determined not to <g data-gr-id="11">let-up</g> when they face Australia in the fifth and final Test at The Oval on Thursday -- a match that marks rival skipper Michael Clarke’s farewell to international cricket.
Cook’s men triumphed by an innings and 78 runs in the fourth Test at Trent Bridge to take an unbeatable 3-1 lead in the series after Australia, with England paceman Stuart Broad taking a stunning eight for 15, were dismissed for just 60 in 111 balls on the opening morning -- the shortest completed first innings of any Test.
No England side has ever won four Tests in a home Ashes series. But they are now within sight of their biggest margin of victory since Mike Brearley led England to a 5-1 success ‘Down Under’ against an Australia side weakened by defections to the ‘rebel’ World Series Cricket in 1978/79. Taking this <g data-gr-id="15">series</g> 4-1 would certainly go some way to avenging the memory of the 5-0 whitewash inflicted upon England in Australia 18 months ago. “Cooky called us all on Tuesday, to say: ‘Let’s make sure we turn up knowing that we’re in a battle and that we want to start again, Because I’ve got a burning desire for this to be 4-1’,” Broad said.