England honour Clarke on day of graft

England’s bowlers were forced to graft as Australia reached 287 for three on the opening day of the final Investec Ashes Test at the Kia Oval.

It was a rare full day in the field for England in this series – just their second after being kept out at Lord’s – as Australia’s batsmen bounced back after they were routed at Trent Bridge for just 60 on the way to conceding the series.

Warner leads Australia fight

Australia’s vice-captain in-waiting, David Warner, was pleased with the fight shown by the tourists’ batting line-up on the first day of the fifth Investec Test.

With the Ashes already decided, Australia could have rolled over at the Kia Oval, but having been put in to bat by Alastair Cook, they showed fight to reach 287 for three at the close.

Warner and Steven Smith hit half-centuries, while Chris Rogers made 43 and Adam Voges was unbeaten on 47 at the close.

Horton set to leave Lancashire

Lancashire have announced opening batsman Paul Horton will be released at the end of the season after 12 years spent at Old Trafford.

The Sydney-born right-hander scored 21 first-class centuries and averaged 37.63, having been awarded his county cap in 2007.

Horton would go on to top the Red Rose scoring charts in their 2011 LV= County Championship success, and he also enjoyed a stint as vice-captain in 2014.

No let up on Australia says Wood

By Steven Jones

England have had a week to reflect on their astonishing Ashes victory and, whatever transpires during the Fifth and final Investec Test at The Kia Oval, will lift the famous urn.

But does that mean any quarter will be ceded to an Australia team that has been handed back-to-back defeats inside three days in the Midlands. 

Not a chance, according to Mark Wood, the man who splintered Nathan Lyon’s stumps in Nottingham to finally confirm England’s innings victory.

Rogers ends international career

Chris Rogers has announced he will retire from international cricket after the final Investec Ashes Test against England, which starts at the Kia Oval tomorrow. 

Rogers, who will be 38 at the end of this month, has hinted all summer that the five-match series will be his last – and with the urn already regained by England, he has made it clear he will call time on his career after his 25th Test.