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Ashes LIVE: Updates, scores, highlights – Australia and England in the fifth Test at Hobart’s Bellerive Oval

Australia will attempt to shut out England in the Ashes series as the fifth Test begins at Hobart’s Bellerive Oval.

The green and gold have an unassailable 3-0 lead in the series, but England will be buoyed at holding on for a draw in the fourth Test at the SCG

Can Australia finish the series off on a winning note or will England nab an elusive Test win Down Under?

Sporting News has all the latest day one updates, scores, squad news and weather updates in our live blog.

Australia v England – Fifth Test LIVE day one updates and scores

Live score – Day 1

Team 1st Innings 2nd Innings
Australia 4/132  

Current batters – Day 1 

Australia 1st innings Score
Cameron Green 21* (35)
Travis Head 59* (62)

Live commentary and updates

34th over: Woakes continues his spell and is dealt with effectively by Australia. The batters are playing a variety of shots with ease, and appear in control.

33rd over: Joe Root grabs the ball to have his first spell of the Test. Interesting choice to bring in a spinner given the green wicket.

32nd over: FIFTY! Travis Head brings up his half-century in what has been a hugely impressive inning thus far. 

30th over: A couple of near misses for Travis Head, who is suddenly looking shaky at the crease. Could have easily nicked a ball back to the wicketkeeper during that over…

29th over: Still no wicket for Wood, who has bowled six overs for 46 runs.

28th over: Australia bring up 100 runs following a shocking early order batting collapse.

27th over: Both Green and Head are looking extremely confident at the crease. Could they build a strong partnership?

26th over: Great over for Australia, as they confidently knock the ball around for a couple of boundaries. Expensive six balls for England.

25th over: Wood begins the second session with a tidy spell.

6:10pm: The players are back out on the field.


An absolutely bonkers first session in Hobart! England struck early with three wickets, as both Warner and Smith went for ducks. Robinson was brilliant with the new ball and took full advantage of the conditions. Labuschagne and Head took the ‘kill or be killed’ mentality in their respective innings and were counter-attacking well, before the former was bowled by Broad in comical fashion just before the break. There’s a big job ahead of the Aussie duo at the crease after the break to steady the ship and try help their side to a respective total on what looks to be a difficult deck to bat on. 

24th over: Green takes another single as they survive the final over before the dinner break. 4/85 after 24. 

23rd over: WICKET!!! Marnus looks to walk across his stumps and slips over, and the ball from Broad crashes into the stumps. An entertaining innings comes to an end in truly bizarre fashion. Cameron Green gets off the mark with a single to fine-leg. 4/84 after 23. 

22nd over:  Head looks to drive through the off-side and it flies off the bat behind point for a boundary. 3/83 after 22. 

21st over:  Marnus tries to slap Broad down the ground but he fields it and pegs it back at him, striking him on the back of the leg. Good over from Broad. 3/79 after 21. 

20th over:  Woakes continuing for England. Head goes hard at the ball outside off-stump, but can only get a single to a wide mid-off. Marnus shows him zero respect, walking at Woakes and whipping him over the top of mid-wicket for another four runs. 3/77 after 20. 

19th over:  Broad back into the attack for England. Head adds to more runs, before taking off for a quick single. 3/71 after 19. 

18th over:  Short ball from Woakes is pulled by Head for three runs through the leg-side. 3/68 after 18. 

17th over:  Head cuts Wood behind point for three runs, good chase and fielding from Ollie Pope to save the boundary. Marnus hooks it in the air but it lands safely and just rolls to the rope for another four runs. A lovely punch down the ground from Marnus adds three more runs. Another boundary from Labuschagne, slapping it through the covers. England have let this pair off the hook massively in the last few overs. 3/65 after 17. 

16th over:  Head taking the ‘kill or be killed’ mentality, taking it right to the English bowlers. Chris Woakes is belted through the off-side for a boundary with the first ball he bowled, before an attempted pull-shot from Head goes up in the air but lands safely. Another four runs for Marnus through the leg-side, brilliant batting. Ordinary bowling from Woakes in his first set. 3/50 after 16. 

15th over: Wood is steaming in but it doesn’t appear to be the type of conditions that suit his bowling. Head blasts a lovely drive through cover for a boundary. Marnus drives off the back-foot for another boundary. Ordinary over from the England quick. 3/41 after 15. 

14th over:  Robinson continuing after a short drinks break. Head grabs another single but looks a bit shaky early on. 3/30 after 14. 

13th over:  Mark Wood into the attack now for England. Head almost chops on and gets off strike with a single. Lovely flick through mid-wicket from Marnus for another boundary. 3/29 after 13. 

“He has cashed in on anything that has been over-pitched…that’s what a good batsman does,” Mark Waugh said on  Fox Cricket. 

“You’ve got to find the gap if you’re going to hit a good shot.” 

12th over:  Travis Head gets off the mark through the leg-side. Marnus drives on the up through the covers and it rolls away for another boundary. A tight leave from Labuschagne just misses off-stump. 3/24 after 12. 

11th over:  Tantalising over from Broad. Marnus is forced to leave a few, but plays and misses at one that narrowly avoided the edge. Labuschagne drives it down the ground for a boundary to close out the set. 3/17 after 11. 

10th over:  WICKET!!! This is unreal stuff. Smith gone for a duck, Robinson bowling a brilliant spell here. Crawley takes a good low catch in the slips. This deck is doing plenty early on. 3/12 after 10. 

10th over:  Marnus gets off the mark, flicking Robinson for a boundary through mid-wicket. He takes a single later in the over to get Steve Smith on strike. 

9th over:  WICKET!!! It’s all happening in Hobart. Khawaja edges it to Root in the slips off Broad, lovely bowling from the England seamers early doors here. 2/7 after 9. 

8th over:  DROPPED!!! Marnus Labuschagne nicks off to Robinson and Crawley dives across in front of Joe Root at first-slip and shells it. That would have been a huge moment for England. 1/7 after 8. 

7th over:  Khawaja squeezes it through the cordon for two runs, before punching it nicely down the ground for two more. Very full bowling from Broad, looking to get the Aussies driving early. 1/7 after 7. 

6th over:  WICKET!!! Warner is out for a 22-ball duck. Robinson forces the edge and Zak Crawley takes a nice catch at second slip. 1/3 after 6. 

5th over:  Another maiden for Broad as he continues to chip away at Warner, who gets off strike with a leg-bye. Khawaja looks to drive but misses. 0/3 after 5. 

4th over:  Maiden over from Robinson to Khawaja. 0/2 after 4. 

3rd over:  Warner plays and misses loosely outside off-stump, before almost chopping onto his own stumps two balls later. Threatening start from Broad, another maiden. 0/2 after 3. 

2nd over:  Ollie Robinson opening up for England at the other end. Shout from behind the stumps for caught-behind, but no review. Khawaja gets off the mark with a nice flick off his pads for two runs. 0/2 after 2.

1st over:  Warner shoulders arms first ball and the ball cannons into his pads. England shout for LBW, but no review. Maiden over. 0/0 after 1. 

3.30pm:  Here we go – childhood mates Usman Khawaja and David Warner opening the batting for Australia. Stuart Broad taking the new pink rock for England. 

3pm:  England have won the toss and will bowl first. Ollie Pope, Ollie Robinson and Chris Woakes all return to the side. James Anderson has missed out. Play will begin at 3.30pm. 

2.40pm:  Toss will take place at 3pm if there is no further rain. 

2.15pm:  According to our very own ‘eye in the sky’ at Bellerive Oval, Melinda Farrell, the rain is coming down a bit heavier now and there could be a chance of a delayed start. 

2.10pm:  Sam Billings will indeed make his Test debut for England, with footage shown on  Fox Cricket  of the keeper receiving his playing cap from James Anderson. 

“They need some leadership in this cricket team, and he will bring a lot of buzz and a lot of energy,” Michael Vaughan said on  Fox Cricket. 

“I hope he grabs this opportunity with both hands.”

1.55pm:  Bit of rain around Hobart as we edge closer to the first ball. Fingers crossed we can get underway at 3pm. 

“Good afternoon from Blundstone Arena, where the skies are gloomy and the covers are on. It’s been drizzling on and off throughout the day and the view across the Derwent is rather misty. It may be a little hit and miss this afternoon. It’s not heavy rain, so hopefully we’ll see play get underway on time. Meanwhile, there are oysters and pots of fresh lobster in the press box. Every Test should be played in Hobart.” –  Melinda Farrell 

12.45pm:  The pitch has been uncovered at Bellerive Oval – and boy is it green! Just over two hours until play starts. 

9.30am:  Welcome to  Sporting News’  live blog for the fifth and final Test of the 2021/22 Ashes series between Australia and England. The sides have travelled to Hobart and the clash will take place with a pink ball. Usman Khawaja has replaced Marcus Harris at the top of the order, with Travis Head returning at No.5 for the Aussies. For the visitors, Sam Billings is in line for a Test debut after Jos Buttler injured his hand during the SCG Test. The final XI for each side is yet to be confirmed. 

Australia v England – Fifth Test scorecard

First innings batting – Australia

Batter Status Runs Balls 4s 6s
David Warner c. Crawley b. Robinson 0 16
Usman Khawaja c. Root b. Broad 6 20
Marnus Labuschagne b. Broad 44 53 9
Steve Smith c. Crawley b. Robinson 0 2
Travis Head Not out 31 33 3
Cameron Green Not out 2 8
Alex Carey  
Pat Cummins (c)  
Mitchell Starc  
Scott Boland  
Nathan Lyon  
Total 4/85        
Extras 2 (1lb 1wd)        
FOW Warner (1/3) Khawaja (2/7) Smith (3/12) Labuschagne (4/83)        

First innings bowling – England

Bowler Overs Maidens Runs Wickets
Stuart Broad 9 4 15 2
Ollie Robinson 7 3 15 2
Mark Wood 3 0 31 0
Chis Woakes 5 0 25 0

Who is in Australia and England’s Ashes XI?

Australia:  David Warner, Usman Khawaja, Marnus Labuschagne, Steve Smith, Travis Head, Cameron Green, Alex Carey, Pat Cummins (c), Mitchell Starc. Scott Boland, Nathan Lyon

England:  Rory Burns, Zak Crawley, Dawid Malan, Joe Root (c), Ben Stokes, Ollie Pope, Sam Billings, Chris Woakes, Ollie Robinson, Mark Wood, Stuart Broad. 

What time does the fifth Test start in Hobart?

The fifth Test is a day-night match and the first ball will be bowled at 3:00pm (AEDT), with play scheduled to finish at approximately 10:00pm (AEDT).

How to watch the Ashes in Australia?

Kayo Sports, Foxtel, and Channel 7 will all be broadcasting the five Tests between Australia and England, with an exciting summer of cricket expected.

Fans can sign up for Kayo, purchase the sports pack on Foxtel, or watch Channel 7’s free-to-air broadcast.

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Kayo will be simulcasting Fox Cricket’s broadcast of the action, and Channel 7 will have their own coverage.

ABC Radio will also be covering the commentary for listeners of the game.

What’s the five-day weather forecast for Hobart’s Bellerive Oval?

The  Bureau of Meteorology ‘s 7-day forecast has outlined the following chance of rain for each day of the fifth Test. 

Friday January 14 (Day 1) – Cloudy. 90% chance of rain, most likely in the late afternoon and evening.

Saturday January 15 (Day 2) – Humid. Partly cloudy. 60% chance of rain, most likely in the late afternoon and evening.

Sunday January 16 (Day 3) – Partly cloudy. 40% chance of rain, most likely in the late afternoon and evening.

Monday January 17 (Day 4) – Partly cloudy. 20% chance of rain.

Tuesday January 18 (Day 5) – Cloudy. 10% chance of rain.

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