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SportThe battling opener, weary paceman and champion batsman: How fifth Test could be won and lost

07:15  11 september  2019
07:15  11 september  2019 Source:   theage.com.au

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The best batsman should be Jonny Bairstow but his recent Test record smacks of a one-day specialist – which is what Buttler was until Ed Smith audaciously reinstated him to England are often accused of bringing their one-day swagger to Test cricket, as if they were going to church in their party shirts.

They can even change the batting line-up from one game to another in a tournament or series. There are no rules about the nature or number of changes made and, if more than one innings is played, the order used in each need not be the same.

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From David Warner's form slump to Pat Cummins possible resting, we address the key issues for the fifth Ashes Test at the Oval.

The out of form star

The battling opener, weary paceman and champion batsman: How fifth Test could be won and lost © AP David Warner is in the midst of a horror run of outs.

David Warner has become Stuart Broad's bunny. There's no skirting around that. The opener has no answer to the England seamer. His record against Broad this series is 6-32. Batsmen averaging 9.88 after four Tests would usually get dumped, but Warner is not like most players. He is a proven match-winner with 21 centuries, 6442 runs at an average of 46. Batsmen like him are hard to find. Selectors do not have a young gun knocking down the door through weight of runs. If selectors do axe Warner, they would be replacing him with someone who has already felt the chop himself this series. "He hasn't got the runs he'd like at the moment but I'm looking forward to it when he does," coach and selector Justin Langer said. "There's no better place in the world to bat than the Oval. [I'm] looking forward to seeing him go well this week."

Broad gets Warner again as Australia opener suffers third straight Test duck

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Most people who follow the game and have a fair know- how about it, place more importance on how If the openers score over 50 it is considered a good start. Logically and theoretically, the fact holds Test match statistics show that in matches that are won , lost or tied, the average of no 3 batsman is

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The battling opener, weary paceman and champion batsman: How fifth Test could be won and lost © AP Pat Cummins is in doubt for the fifth Ashes Test.

The weary paceman

Having astutely managed their quicks this series, Australia have one final call to make: should they rest Pat Cummins? The "yes" case is compelling. The urn has been retained, Cummins has bowled a truckload of overs and Australia have two world-class pacemen, James Pattinson and Peter Siddle, desperate for a game. Can you imagine the criticism selectors will face if Cummins was injured as a result of playing once too often? The "no" case is also strong. The urn has been retained but there's a series to win. Cummins has had a few days off, Australia's next Test is more than two months away so there's plenty of time for rest, and he's the No.1 ranked bowler in the world. Can you imagine the criticism selectors will face if Cummins did not play and Australia lost? "You want your best players playing all the time, don't you," Langer said. "That's where the complexity lies, as much as how we're going to manage them."

The awkward question about 'hurting' Warner

The awkward question about 'hurting' Warner Stuart Broad's demolition of Aussie opener during the Ashes raises doubts over Warner's legacy.

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The Australian cricket team toured England in the 1977 season to play five Test matches for the 1977 Ashes series against England. The Australians also played three one day internationals and 19 other tour matches.

The battling opener, weary paceman and champion batsman: How fifth Test could be won and lost © Getty Images Steve Smith has been the difference between the two sides.

The champion batsman

Can Steve Smith carry Australia again? There will come a day where Smith gets a low score and someone else will have to make the 134 runs he is averaging this series. Australian fans will be hoping that day does not come at the Oval because on what we've seen so far you cannot be confident there will be a someone else. Marnus Labuschagne has shown he is good for a 70 to 80 but the rest have struggled. Marcus Harris is averaging 11.5, Travis Head keeps getting out bowled or lbw and Matthew Wade has passed 50 only once. Warner's woes are documented above. "You've still got to perform whether you're young or a veteran but we also have to recognise they are young batsmen and it's a really tough school and hopefully they'll come through at some point," Langer said.

The dead rubber?

It is, from the point of view of who takes home the urn. But there is still a series to win. Australia have not won a series in England since 2001 and they have been unsuccessful in their past five overseas missions. Tim Paine's men celebrated the retention of the Ashes with gusto on Sunday, as they should, but put the hand brake on festivities knowing they had only three full days between games. Regardless of the series situation, there are plenty of batsmen needing runs to hold down their place in the side for the summer to guard against any post-retention hangover. Ditto Pattinson and Siddle. The former has missed years in the baggy green due to injury while the latter is treasuring every game he gets at the twilight of his career. "That celebration was two out of 10 to some of the ones I have seen because we knew we had to play three days later," Langer said. "The boys are up and about, there is great energy in the group. I have said throughout the series there has been a lot of laughter in the group, great camaraderie, so hopefully that continues."

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The battling opener, weary paceman and champion batsman: How fifth Test could be won and lost © AP England claimed their first World Cup this year in memorable fashion.

The Ashes or the World Cup?

Ideally, you'd be winning both, but that is not possible for either side. Australia have won the World Cup five times but gone 18 years without success in England, so it was a no-brainer as to which trophy was their priority. Added to that, Australia's record in the 50-over arena had been poor for so long that expectations were not high. As long as they made the semi-finals, the campaign would be given a comfortable pass mark. The opposite was true for England, who had made three World Cup finals but never lifted the trophy. As the host nation, they could not afford a repeat of their pathetic performance in 2015 so they made white-ball cricket their priority. Almost overnight, they went from being yesterday's men to the game's trendsetters with their emphasis on explosive hitting from the word go. They were rewarded with an epic tie in the super over New Zealand, which handed them the title, but it came at the cost of the Ashes, with players unable to get themselves up again for a taxing series.

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Nair, playing in his third Test, made 303 not out to become only the second India batsman to make a triple century. His effort on day four of the fifth Test in Chennai left England needing to bat out the final day to avoid defeat. "The pitch is getting worse and for a new batsmen it won 't be easy to play.

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The battling opener, weary paceman and champion batsman: How fifth Test could be won and lost
The battling opener, weary paceman and champion batsman: How fifth Test could be won and lost
The battling opener, weary paceman and champion batsman: How fifth Test could be won and lost
The battling opener, weary paceman and champion batsman: How fifth Test could be won and lost
The battling opener, weary paceman and champion batsman: How fifth Test could be won and lost
The battling opener, weary paceman and champion batsman: How fifth Test could be won and lost
The battling opener, weary paceman and champion batsman: How fifth Test could be won and lost
The battling opener, weary paceman and champion batsman: How fifth Test could be won and lost
The battling opener, weary paceman and champion batsman: How fifth Test could be won and lost
The battling opener, weary paceman and champion batsman: How fifth Test could be won and lost
The battling opener, weary paceman and champion batsman: How fifth Test could be won and lost
The battling opener, weary paceman and champion batsman: How fifth Test could be won and lost
The battling opener, weary paceman and champion batsman: How fifth Test could be won and lost
The battling opener, weary paceman and champion batsman: How fifth Test could be won and lost
The battling opener, weary paceman and champion batsman: How fifth Test could be won and lost
The battling opener, weary paceman and champion batsman: How fifth Test could be won and lost
The battling opener, weary paceman and champion batsman: How fifth Test could be won and lost
The battling opener, weary paceman and champion batsman: How fifth Test could be won and lost
The battling opener, weary paceman and champion batsman: How fifth Test could be won and lost
The battling opener, weary paceman and champion batsman: How fifth Test could be won and lost
The battling opener, weary paceman and champion batsman: How fifth Test could be won and lost
The battling opener, weary paceman and champion batsman: How fifth Test could be won and lost
The battling opener, weary paceman and champion batsman: How fifth Test could be won and lost

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