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Ashes triumph will help Australia put ball-tampering scandal behind them: McGrath

Joe Root and Trevor Bayliss- England's focus on Tests is too late to win the Ashes but some tough decisions will need to be made Ashes triumph will help Australia put ball-tampering scandal behind them: McGrath
Noah Ferguson | 11 September, 2019, 09:30

Australia, also the defending Ashes champions, now have an unassailable 2-1 lead over England with just one Test remaining.

The world's top-ranked Test batsman, Smith has been in superb form this Ashes with 671 runs, including three hundreds, at an average of 134.20.

Former Australia captain Ricky Ponting said on Sunday that the tourists' "relentless" bowlers deserve as much credit for retaining the Ashes as Steve Smith.

England have named an unchanged squad for the fifth Ashes Test.

Australia thrashed hosts England by 185 runs in the fourth Test to retain the Ashes urn, after taking an insurmountable 2-1 lead in the five-Test series.

The players were even joined by legendary cricketer Glenn McGrath in singing the "Under the Southern Cross I Stand" In case, you are wondering what is the song about: It is the Australian cricket team's victory song and sang by the players after each victory.

Australia's bowling attack made sure of that, with Pat Cummins walking away with an impressive 4-43.

Joe Root (capt), Jofra Archer, Jonny Bairstow (wk), Stuart Broad, Rory Burns, Jos Buttler (wk), Sam Curran, Joe Denly, Jack Leach, Craig Overton, Jason Roy, Ben Stokes, Chris Woakes.

But Ponting believes that Tim Paine, Justin Langer and Co. wouldn't be too keen on changing the team composition after their impressive win in Old Trafford. "Winning here is still the ultimate for any Australia cricketer because England are always tough to beat in their own conditions".

England and Australia will now lock horns in a dead rubber fifth and final Test of the Ashes series at the Oval on September 12. Ben Stokes is next best with 354.

All could be involved in England's winter tour to New Zealand but, for now, the selectors are going with the tried and tested, as they try to deny Australia the first outright series win on English soil since 2001.

The all-rounder suffered a shoulder injury that limited him to just 10.5 overs in the first innings at Old Trafford and he was not risked at all in the second, although he was fine to field and bat.

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