Home' Trinidad and Tobago Guardian : August 20th 2015 Contents A50
Guardian www.guardian.co.tt Thursday, August 20, 2015
There s still time for Australia to endure one final
humiliation in this chastening Ashes series.
Buoyant after regaining the urn with one match
to spare, England heads into the fifth Test starting
today at The Oval looking to complete a 4--1 win in
a series it was widely expected to lose. It would be
the first time the English have ever won four tests
in a five-match Ashes series in England.
"We want to put another nail in the coffin that
we have already built," England allrounder Ben Stokes
While the final test is a victory lap for England---
making the confirmed absence of James Anderson
easier to bear---there might be more at stake for the
Retiring captain Michael Clarke wants a successful
send-off in his 115th and last match.
"We really need to show that grit and determination
throughout the test match and play a lot better than
we did in the last couple," Clarke said yesterday.
"Australia fans expect the Australian team to play
better than we have done and they expect the captain
to stand up and lead from the front. So some criticism
is warranted, but I m looking forward to finishing
the series on a high."
The same goes for 37-year-old opener Chris Rogers,
who announced Tuesday that he would be quitting
the international game---and perhaps cricket for
good---at the end of this series.
There is a sense this is the last match for
the current generation before a new era
begins in Australia Test cricket, under newly
appointed captain Steve Smith. As well as
Ryan Harris, who quit cricket a week before
the Ashes because of injury, this could be
the last series for Brad Haddin, Shane Wat-
son and Adam Voges---players who are all
in their 30s.
"We came here to win, and we ve been
outplayed," Rogers said. "It s been a difficult
week. A lot of guys have felt a bit flat, I
imagine. (But) this is a big last game.
"Obviously it s Michael s retirement as
well---but not only that, there s places up
for grabs as well in this side, and no one s
going to be taking that for granted."
Mark Wood will go down in history as
the man who took the wicket at Trent Bridge
on August 10 that clinched a fourth straight
home series win against Australia.
The paceman looks set to retain his place
in the team after Anderson was ruled out
again with a side strain. England s leading
all-time wicket-taker missed the end of the
third Test and all of the fourth Test.
Coach Trevor Bayliss might not want to
take any risks with Anderson, with a Test
series against Pakistan in the United Arab
Emirates followed by a tour of South Africa
in the winter coming up.
Australia is set to rest seamer Josh Hazle-
wood for the final Test due to a heavy recent
Hazlewood has taken 16 wickets at an
impressive average of 25.75 in the series
despite the tourists surrendering the urn
with a game to spare.
"Josh has played six tests since the West
Indies tour and the last nine Tests for Aus-
tralia, as well as playing an important part
in the World Cup," Australia coach Darren
Pat Cummins, who took 3--64 in last
week s rain-affected tour match in
Northamptonshire, is in line to deputise for
England eyes one final humiliation of Australia in Ashes
CENTURION---South Africa held off a late rally by
New Zealand s tailenders to win the first one-day
international by 20 runs yesterday.
South Africa bowled New Zealand out for 284 in
48.1 overs to defend their 304-7 total at Supersport
Park, after Hashim Amla earlier hit 124 in 126 balls
for his record-equaling 21st one-day century for the
Seemingly out of it at 251-8, Mitchell McClenaghan
hit a four and a big six to bring New Zealand within
range, until he was bowled by Dale Steyn for 16.
Steyn ended McClenaghan s late attack, and effec-
tively the game, with a full, fast delivery that broke
the off stump in half.
Last man Ish Sodhi was run out next ball to confirm
South Africa s victory and a 1-0 lead in the three-
Steyn, Vernon Philander, David Wiese and Imran
Tahir all took two wickets each for South Africa.
South Africa s victory, which was some form of
revenge for losing to New Zealand in the semifinals
of this year s World Cup, was set up by Amla, though.
His innings, with 13 fours and three sixes, took
him level with Herschelle Gibbs for the most centuries
for South Africa in ODIs. Amla was supported by
89 from Rilee Rossouw as the pair put on 185 in their
second-wicket partnership, taking the hosts from
46-1 off 8.4 overs to 231-2 off 41.5 overs.
Opener Tom Latham hit 60 for the Black Caps,
and captain Kane Williamson added 47 for a strong
start. But New Zealand played some rash shots in
the middle order, when batsmen were set for larger
scores, to surrender the advantage.
Nathan McCullum was out for 10 to a running,
diving catch by Farhaan Behardien on the square leg
James Neesham and McClenaghan hit some late
boundaries, but Steyn and then a run out created by
Vernon Philander finished it off.
The second game is in Potchefstroom on Sunday.
S Africa past
South Africa 304--7 in 50 overs (Hashim Amla 124,
Rilee Rossouw 89; Adam Milne 2--51) vs New
Zealand 284 all out in 48.1 overs (Tom Latham 60;
Imran Tahir 2--40). South Africa won by 20 runs.
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