Ashes Finale, Weather Report, Will Rain Play Spoilsport On Day 5 At The Oval?
England will be attempting to defeat Australia on Day 5 of their continuing fifth Ashes Test match at The Oval in London on Monday in what will be Stuart Broad's final outing before retiring. Earlier, England produced 395 in their second innings, setting a target of 384 runs, with to significant contributions from Zak Crawley, Joe Root, and Jonny Bairstow.
On Day 4, the visitors displayed outstanding tenacity and finished with 135/0 at Stumps without losing any wickets in their second innings. Australia needs 249 runs to win in 98 overs on Day 5 and its openers David Warner (58) and Usman Khawaja (69) are still unbeaten after scoring half-centuries.
Even though the match was in an extremely thrilling condition, rain interfered on Day 4, causing an early stumps. Fans, however, are in luck on Monday as the weather forecast appears to be favourable. Day 5 will begin dry, but there may be a chance of rain in the afternoon, according to the Met Office. The first session is expected to be dry, but Accuweather has forecast that it may rain all day.
Rain is predicted to start at 1:00 PM local time and might last until 5:00 PM local time, according to weather.com. It is anticipated to be cloudy in addition to being dry. Additionally, a temperature range of 19 to 23 degrees Celsius is predicted.
A tie may be the most likely result if the weather behaves as expected. Currently, Australia is up 2-1 in the Ashes series.
On Day 3 of the ongoing match in London, Broad made an official announcement about his retirement from international cricket following the last session. He will finish his career as the second-highest wicket-taker in Test cricket history, behind James Anderson. He is the second pacer and fourth bowler overall to achieve 600 wickets in Test cricket.
When announcing his retirement, Broad stated, "Monday or tomorrow will be my final cricket match. The journey has been fantastic. It has been a wonderful honour for me to wear the England and Nottinghamshire batches as much as I have. It has been such a beautiful series to be a part of, and I am still as in love with cricket as I ever was. I have always wanted to finish on top. One of the most entertaining forms of entertainment I've ever participated in is this series.