23 Aug 2015

England on ropes in Ashes dead rubber

10:50 am on 23 August 2015

Australia are perfectly placed to win the final Ashes cricket Test - they hold a first-innings lead of 332 runs over England at The Oval after the third day.

England, who have already won the series 3-1, are 203 for six at stumps, requiring a further 129 runs to make the tourists bat again.

22.08.2015. London, England. Ashes 5th Test, day 3. England versus Australia. Australian players form a huddle before the final session of the day's play

Australia's players form a huddle at The Oval Photo: Photosport

Recalled Australia fast bowler Peter Siddle was happy with his contribution after the tourists moved to the brink of victory.

Siddle bowled 16 overs, including 10 maidens, and conceded only 14 runs in England's second innings after not making the team for the first four Tests of the series.

"I've been carrying a few drinks which has been disappointing, I would have liked my chance, but I didn't bowl as well as I could in the tour matches," Siddle said.

"I've been feeling good. Pressure is key - that's what I've been able to build for the team. My plan was to get it going across Alastair Cook and it was a good battle."

"The follow-on is always hard, it was a long day today, but Pup (captain Michael Clarke) asked us what we wanted to do and he wanted to have a real go at winning this Test match," the 30-year-old Siddle said.

England wicketkeeper Jos Buttler, unbeaten on 33 at the close, admitted his team were in a disappointing position after sealing the Ashes by winning the last test in Nottingham by an innings and 78 runs.

"This Test has had a different feel to it," Buttler said.

"Maybe we got caught up in looking to win the series 4-1 rather than focusing on what we have done well to get the end results," he added.

"It's disappointing but we have won the Ashes and no one can take that away from us, no matter how badly we played in this game."