Fifth Ashes Test: 2023 England vs Australia fixtures, start times, weather and TV channel

David Warner (L) Stuart Broad (R) – Fifth Ashes Test: 2023 England vs Australia fixtures, start times, weather and TV channel

David Warner edges through from Stuart Broad’s (right) delivery on the fourth day of the fifth Test – Reuters/Andrew Boyers

England are praying of one last “fairytale” spell from Stuart Broad as the final Ashes Test of this extraordinary summer goes down to the wire.

Rain swept across south London and wiped out more than half of Sunday’s play, leaving Australia needing 249 further runs, with all 10 wickets in hand, to win an Ashes series in England for the first time since 2001. Better weather is forecast for Monday.

Usman Khawaja, the series’s leading run-scorer, and David Warner, who has been tormented by Broad in recent years, put on a superb unbeaten opening partnership of 135 to raise Australia’s hopes of victory after England posted 395 in their second innings.

Australia’s players formed a guard of honour for Broad at the start of the day as he will retire from all cricket on Monday, when the series ends. He made his name through epic Ashes spells and England’s assistant coach Marcus Trescothick is “dreaming” of one last magic burst.

“We were talking this morning,” said Trescothick. “If there was one more fairytale left it would be ideal if it was Stuart’s last five-fer, one to win or two to win and he runs in and gets his last five-fer. Something like that would be brilliant wouldn’t it?

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Ashes fixtures and full schedule

  • First Test, Edgbaston, Birmingham – June 16-20 (Australia won by two wickets)

  • Second Test, Lord’s, London – June 28-July 2 (Australia won by 43 runs)

  • Third Test, Headingley, Leeds – July 6-10 (England won by three wickets)

  • Fourth Test, Old Trafford, Manchester – July 19-23 (Match drawn)

  • Fifth Test, The Oval, London – July 27-31 (live scoreboard)

Trent Bridge has missed out on hosting a men’s Test, although it was the venue for the one-off Test in the women’s Ashes.

What time does each Test match start?

All five Tests are designated ‘day’ matches, commencing at 11am (BST), and each day’s play is scheduled to last until 6pm, although time can be made up to 6.30pm, if no breaks in play, to facilitate 90 overs. Lunch will be at 1pm and last for 40 minutes and tea at 3.40pm for 20 minutes.

What is the weather forecast for the fifth Test?

According to the Met Office, “slightly brighter on Monday but rain and drizzle persisting further south until the afternoon. Then widespread bright or sunny spells and isolated showers. Remaining blustery.”

What is England’s record in the Ashes at each ground?

  • Edgbaston P16 W6 L5 D5

  • Lord’s P40 W7 L18 D15

  • Headingley P26 W9 L9 D8

  • Old Trafford P31 W7 L8 D16

  • The Oval P38 W17 L7 D14

What TV channel is the Ashes on? How can I follow it in the UK?

Live coverage

Sky has the rights for domestic Tests and is broadcasting all five matches exclusively live on Sky Sports Cricket and Sky Sports Main Event.

More people tuned into the Edgbaston Test than any other in Sky’s history, with the peak audience of 2.12 million narrowly beating the figures for the 2019 Ashes Test at Headingley, when Ben Stokes marshalled an extraordinary England heist.

TV highlights

The BBC has a highlights package and shows Today at the Test on BBC2 at 7pm after each day’s play.

Radio coverage

The BBC has the radio rights for domestic Tests and features ball-by-ball coverage (unless you are listening on longwave during the shipping forecast) on Radio 5 Live Sports Extra and via the BBC Sounds app.

TMS coverage is led as usual by Jonathan Agnew, alongside what it calls “an iconic commentary team” comprising Isa Guha, Simon Mann, Alison Mitchell, Daniel Norcross and Jim Maxwell, with summarisers Michael Vaughan, Sir Alastair Cook, Phil Tufnell, Glenn McGrath, Jason Gillespie, Ebony Rainford Brent, Vic Marks and Alex Hartley. Andy Zaltzman returns as scorer.

Who is in the Ashes squads?

England named an unchanged squad and then an unchanged XI for the final Ashes Test at the Oval.

Selectors have kept faith with the same players who had them on the cusp of victory at Old Trafford.

Ben Stokes resisted any temptation to freshen up his bowling attack by bringing in Josh Tongue or Ollie Robinson.

England XI for fifth Ashes Test

Ben Duckett, Zak Crawley, Moeen Ali, Joe Root, Harry Brook, Ben Stokes (captain), Jonathan Bairstow (wk), Chris Woakes, Mark Wood, Stuart Broad, James Anderson.

Australia XI for fifth Ashes Test

David Warner, Usman Khawaja, Marnus Labuschagne, Steve Smith, Travis Head, Mitchell Marsh, Alex Carey (wk), Mitchell Starc, Pat Cummins (capt), Todd Murphy, Josh Hazlewood.

What are England saying?

Trescothick hopes Broad’s retirement will give England’s players “that something extra” when they take the field on Monday.

“He’s going out right on top, isn’t he?” he said. “It doesn’t get any bigger than what we’ve got right now, especially if we go ahead and win the game.

“We’re trying to win an Ashes Test match. You’re not trying to gather anything different, or want to do it any differently. Of course we want to win. We want to win the game for the team and you’ve got that something extra with Stuart’s last game. It was brilliant when he told us. We were obviously a little bit surprised but sad at the same time. So be it. Let’s go out tomorrow and win the game.”

Trescothick said England are “pretty positive” about the job at hand, but admitted it will be made more difficult by the fact that “pretty much everyone” is carrying little fitness issues at the end of a long series. Given all England’s frontline bowlers are older than 33 and Jimmy Anderson turned 41 on Sunday, that is especially acute.

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