A glorious summer of international cricket in the capital draws to a conclusion with the fifth Ashes Test. England v Australia at the Oval takes place Thursday 12 September to Monday 16 September. Tickets are sold out however a limited number at resale are appearing on the ‘Twickets’ (a fan-to-fan resale platform at face value maximum) website.
With the the cheers that reverberated around Lord’s during the World Cup Final lauding the ultimate start to a cricketing summer, attention has turned over the last couple of months to an Ashes encounter that draws to a close. And while Australia have retained the Ashes there’s plenty to play for with England seeking to level the series and Australia in pursuit of a 3-1 win.
The story so far: Edgbaston saw Australia take the initiative in the first Test of the five-match series. A resounding victory by 251 runs looked inconceivable when the men in baggy green caps were 112-8 on the first afternoon but the result is in the score books to mark a crushing defeat for the hosts.
England bounced back (literally) with a strong performance at Lord’s that may not have won them the match but signalled their intention to fight tooth and nail to win back the Ashes. A drawn match featured Jofra Archer as the man no one could take their eyes off producing a fast bowling masterclass that had the Australians on the back foot for the first time in the series. Few would have guessed what was in store at Headingley, England seemingly down and out after a dismal 67 all out in the first innings and the Ashes all but in the Australian’s hands before Ben Stokes extraordinary 135 not out in the second innings turned things around completely as England snatched a miracle third Test win to level the series. But Australia struck back at Old Trafford to finally break England’s resistance with an 185-run victory in the fourth Test, a result that saw them retain the Ashes.
One to watch: The batting marvel that is Steve Smith. With two scores of 140+ at Edgbaston, Smith all but won the first Test Australia on his own but in the second Test at Lord’s it was a different story, Smith getting hit not once but twice in his first innings by Archer. Having missed the third Test at Headingley whether or not Smith can retain his Edgbaston form after such an ordeal may well be decisive as to whether the urn returns down under. For England the man of the summer has undoubtedly been Ben Stokes. Fresh from his World Cup heroics his innings at Headlingley was for many the best ever seen in a Test match and the all-rounder also put in a mighty shift with the ball. If Stokes is firing there is hope for England. England v Australia at the Oval – let the action commence.
Match day timings: 9.15am Gates open for public ticket holders. 11am Play commences. 1pm Lunch interval. 1.40pm Play recommences. 3.40pm Tea Interval. 6pm Scheduled close of play.
Tickets in advance. Tickets are sold out from the Surrey CCC website. However tickets for resale are appearing on the ‘Twickets‘ website. Twickets is a fan-to-fan ticket resale platform where the price of tickets is never more than the original face value.
Tickets on the day subject to availability. Checking the ECB Twitter feed before travelling is recommended.
Travel tips: Public transport is recommended as the easiest way to get to the Kia Oval. Oval tube station on the Northern Line is a 100 metre walk to the ground, turn left on leaving the station. Alternatively the ground is a ten-minute walk from Vauxhall tube station which is served by the Victoria line. For more information on the underground visit www.tfl.gov.uk.