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UK View: Broad and Wood provide bittersweet 'moment of joy among wreckage' as 'painful' questions linger

  UK View: Broad and Wood provide bittersweet 'moment of joy among wreckage' as 'painful' questions linger The sight of Stuart Broad – the ‘ninja of Nottingham’ – tormenting his usual foe David Warner rekindled the painful debate, the English press lamented, as England held their ground in the opening salvos of the fourth Sydney Ashes Test. There hasn’t been much to cheer for England supporters as Joe Root’s team has surrendered the Ashes within 12 days, but Broad and Mark Wood were lauded for their performances by the travelling media contingent as they kept the rampant Aussies on a tight leash.

Travis Head and Cameron Green rescued Australia from an early batting collapse in Hobart.

  Ashes LIVE: Updates, scores, highlights - Australia and England in the fifth Ashes Test at Hobart's Bellerive Oval © Provided by Sporting News

Read back our live blog from today's action at Bellerive Oval.

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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.

Stokes 'wants to play' Ashes finale as batter despite injury 'agony'

  Stokes 'wants to play' Ashes finale as batter despite injury 'agony' Ben Stokes has outlined his desire to play as a specialist batter in England's final pink-ball Ashes Test against Australia. The all-rounder suffered a side strain when bowling during the drawn fourth Test in Sydney, and is therefore a doubt for the final Test in Hobart, which starts on Friday.

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

Live score - Stumps, Day 1

Team 1st Innings 2nd Innings
Australia 6/241
England

Current batters - Stumps, Day 1

Australia 1st innings Score
Mitchell Starc 0* (5)
Alex Carey 10* (27)

Live commentary and updates

10:15pm: Play will commence tomorrow at 2:30pm to accommodate for lost time from today.

STUMPS

10:10pm: More drizzle is falling at Bellerive Oval, and stumps have been called. Australia will resume at 6/241 tomorrow.

10:00pm: Assuming there is no further rain, play will commence again at 10:15pm

9:50pm: Covers are coming off, and play is hoped to resume shortly.

9:40pm: Still no update on when/if play will resume.

60th over: PLAY POSTPONED. The covers are coming out as light rain begins to fall in Hobart.

Ashes Scout: Five changes for England, Marnus 'should open', angry Anderson fires back at Vaughan

  Ashes Scout: Five changes for England, Marnus 'should open', angry Anderson fires back at Vaughan England are expected to make wholesale changes for the Hobart Test, although they are still mulling decisions over the fitness of Ben Stokes and Jonny Bairstow. The Cricketer reported the tourists would make five changes when the teams are announced with wicketkeeper Sam Billings in for a Test debut. Opener Rory Burns will return to put Haseeb Hameed pout of his misery. With Hobart serving up a greentop for the pink ball Test, Ollie Robinson will come in for spinner Jack Leach with Chris Woakes expected to replace rested James Anderson.

59th over: Mitchell Starc comes to the crease, and doesn't score from his five balls faced.

58th over: WICKET! Cameron Green falls at 74 as he is caught on the boundary. A commendable knock from the 22-year-old.

57th over: If Australia is still at the crease by stumps that would be a significant achievement. 5/235 with approximately one hour and a half remaining.

56th over: Wood is bowling around the wicket now. Green still had all the answers, however, hitting a smooth boundary on the third ball.

54th over: Wood continues his spell for England. He is yet to take a wicket today.

53rd over: Carey still working his way into the match. One run from 14 balls.

8:30pm: We're ready for the final session of the day. Can England get through Australia's batting order before stumps?

TEA BREAK

52nd over: This is likely to be the final over before the 'tea' break (scheduled for 8:10pm).

51st over: Carey is settling in and defending nicely.

Travis Head disappointed to not build on run total despite memorable century

  Travis Head disappointed to not build on run total despite memorable century Travis Head scored a crucial century for Australia on day one of the fifth Test . His partnerships with Marnus Labuschagne and Cameron Green helped Australia recover from a dismal start, with the team reduced to 3/12 early on. After notching up 101 runs, the left-hander played a lazy shot and was caught. Speaking after an eventful day at Bellerive Oval, Head was disappointed he did not increase his run total but feels Australia is still in a decent position. "We'll wait and see how the game pans out," Head said. "I'm disappointed that I wasn't able to go on and get a big score.

50th over: FIFTY! Cameron Green has been calm and effective for his innings, and thoroughly deserves the half-century.

49th over: WICKET! Head is gone immediately after notching up his hundred. A lapse of concentration as he scoops the ball up and is caught by Ollie Robinson. Woakes picks up his first wicket.

49th over: HUNDRED! It was a nervy build-up, but Travis Head has scored a sensational century off only 112 balls. Even more remarkable to think that he has just come from a week in COVID isolation.

48th over: No century yet as Head moves to 99 not out.

Australia lets standards slip on day two in Hobart, but fifth Ashes Test remains gripping

  Australia lets standards slip on day two in Hobart, but fifth Ashes Test remains gripping Despite the picturesque surroundings, it was a strange and at times sloppy second day in Hobart — and yet the Test sits as beautifully poised as any this series, writes Dean Bilton.The merits of day-night Tests deserve to be debated further, but there's no question that for those brief evening hours it makes the game a sight to behold.

47th over: Head moves to 97... well and truly in the nervous nineties now. With the way he's playing though, he seems anything but nervous.

46th over: Root continues to slow the game down. Australia only manages a few singles.

45th over: Tidy over from Stuart Broad, who coaxed Green into a risky shot.

44th over: Root still pushing for a breakthrough. 17 runs from his six overs, which is a positive. Very clear that England need a wicket, though.

42nd over: 100 run partnership! A terrific effort from Head and Green to salvage the inning for Australia.

41st over: Travis Head is absolutely dominating out in the middle. Hits another strong four off Stuart Broad. He is at 84 now...

40th over: Thick outside edge from Head, but it sails over the slips and reaches the boundary. Certainly deserves that luck.

39th over: Root resumes. Green is calm at the crease.

DRINKS BREAK

Time for England to reconsider their approach. Head and Green have formed a very strong partnership and are playing with confidence.

38th over: Forget the low run rate... Head continues his fine effort at the crease and picks up his eighth boundary.

37th over: The run rate is certainly drying up now. England has not particularly threatened this session, but keeping the runs down for now is promising.

36th over: Stuart Broad returns to England's attack.

Lyon takes 'absolute screamer' in Ashes Test

  Lyon takes 'absolute screamer' in Ashes Test Australia's Nathan Lyon took an epic catch on the second day of the Hobart Test to remove England's Ben Stokes.Diving low and to his left at backward point during the 25th over of England's first dig, Lyon unexpectedly pouched the ball to remove Ben Stokes off the bowling of Mitchell Starc.

35th over: Root is asking some questions, but Head remained calm despite a few tricky deliveries.

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.

DINNER BREAK

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.

Joe Root believes he is the right man to keep leading England despite Ashes defeat

  Joe Root believes he is the right man to keep leading England despite Ashes defeat Root’s side were embarrassed in the fifth Test as they fell to a 4-0 series defeat against Australia.Root has never given any indication that he was ready to pass on the baton – and nobody else has offered any hint that they are ready or able to take it on – but the manner of England’s fifth Test placed his future squarely on the agenda.

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.

Women's Ashes top 20: Players as organisers, a big investment and high stakes — this was the first women's Ashes

  Women's Ashes top 20: Players as organisers, a big investment and high stakes — this was the first women's Ashes It took 32 days at sea and countless hours on rail, but in 1934 the English women's cricket team arrived in Australia to play the first women's Ashes series. The entertainment and skill from both sides certainly didn't disappoint.She might have been young, but Antonio was a clever bowler with an eclectic bag of tricks.

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 c. Robinson b. Woakes 101 113 12 -
Cameron Green c. Crawley b. Wood 74 109 8 -
Alex Carey not out 10 27 1 -
Mitchell Starc not out 0 5 - -
Pat Cummins (c) - - - -
Scott Boland - - - -
Nathan Lyon - - - -
Total 6/241
Extras 6 (2lb, 1wd, 3b)
FOW Warner (1/3) Khawaja (2/7) Smith (3/12) Labuschagne (4/83), Head (5/204), Green (6/236)

First innings bowling - England

Bowler Overs Maidens Runs Wickets
Stuart Broad 18 4 48 2
Ollie Robinson 8 3 24 2
Mark Wood 11.3 0 79 1
Chis Woakes 12 1 50 1
Joe Root 10 1 35 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.

Women's Ashes top 20: Players as organisers, a big investment and high stakes — this was the first women's Ashes .
It took 32 days at sea and countless hours on rail, but in 1934 the English women's cricket team arrived in Australia to play the first women's Ashes series. The entertainment and skill from both sides certainly didn't disappoint.She might have been young, but Antonio was a clever bowler with an eclectic bag of tricks.

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