England v Australia, Old Trafford, Day Five

The evening after the evening before: Review

18.49: England, needing just one more wicket, tossed the ball to Steve Harmison who bowled poorly, to end the game in a thrilling draw. We asked whether Edgbaston could be bettered and, arguably, it just has. Australia are very lucky to come away with a draw, despite a monumental innings by Ricky Ponting. I’ve never witnessed such a series, and nor have 21,000+ at Old Trafford. Gutting for England, elation for Australia. Momentum now shifts to the Aussie camp? I need more beer, and can’t even think about cricket for the time being. Thanks for the comments everyone, enjoyable as always.

17.52: Australia are going for the win. Ponting and Warne are still in, 337-7. As if a draw wouldn’t depress England enough, they surely can’t lose this? 71 balls left, 86 to win for Australia and 3 wickets for England to get. They look knackered and flat

UPDATE: Australia 269/7. Simon Jones bowling wonderfully, and Ricky Ponting the lone batsman on 103*

England needs 10 wickets to go 2-1 up in the 2005 Ashes series.

Australia needs 399 runs in (about) 90 overs.

I really can’t call this one. England start favourites, but as fifth-day pitches go, it doesn’t look too bad. Should be an absorbing day, and could be thrilling. Please, let’s hope it doesn’t go down to the wire again though!

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