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Ashes 2019: England v Australia, fifth Test day one

12 September 2019

Australia has sensationally axed vice-captain Travis Head on the eve of the fifth and final Ashes Test at The Oval.

The visitors won the first Test by 251 runs but after the drawn second, England leveled the series with a stunning turnaround in the third Test.

And ahead of the start of play, Australia skipper Paine has vowed there will be no let-up from his side against Joe Root's men in London.

"We've got to make sure that we square the series up and there's Test Championship points to play for as well which down the line could make a huge difference".

"We've not lost anything yet", he said.

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Root was adamant that despite the disappointment of failing to win the series, England could still be proud of their achievements over the summer.

England's failure has led to questions over Root's position as captain, particularly given his inconsistent batting throughout the series.

"In terms of personnel, things might change, as they have done for a while", he said.

'It has been a tough year for batting. It is important we win this game and have a really strong winter and move forward as a group.

He has scored 110 runs in eight innings with a top score of 31 at Old Trafford when he dropped down the order.

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Critics would say recalibrating sights is a standard distraction tactic when flak is flying and that keeping hold of the rudder could be hard this week with Tim Paine's side looking for a place in history as the first winners here since 2001.

'We are very hungry - we have spoken a lot about it.

Joe Root has called on England to send outgoing head coach Trevor Bayliss on his way "with a real big bang" by drawing the Ashes at The Oval.

Four years on from the white-ball revolution which ended with World Cup glory Root is pinning his hopes to harnessing similar momentum back in Test cricket, most likely, building around a core of himself, Stokes, Rory Burns, Jonny Bairstow and Jofra Archer.

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Ashes 2019: England v Australia, fifth Test day one