the final Test but his batting position must be questioned2

Jonny Bairstow stumps Matthew Wade on another excellent day for the wicketkeeper.
 Jonny Bairstow stumps Matthew Wade on another excellent day for the wicketkeeper. Photograph: Andrew Boyers/Action Images via Reuters

In the end a losing draw felt about right. England and Australia have finally left the building. Although at times during this fifth Test Australia seemed to have checked out some time early last week.

the final Test but his batting position must be questioned1

Jonny Bairstow stumps Matthew Wade on another excellent day for the wicketkeeper.
 Jonny Bairstow stumps Matthew Wade on another excellent day for the wicketkeeper. Photograph: Andrew Boyers/Action Images via Reuters

In the end a losing draw felt about right. England and Australia have finally left the building. Although at times during this fifth Test Australia seemed to have checked out some time early last week.

Sacrificing Ashes for a World Cup win appears worthwhile for England6

If England are serious about burnout they will need to leave Jofra Archer out of some Tests against India

After it was all over there were smiles rather than jubilation at the Oval and a few sighs of relief – from both sides. Australia were content, having retained the Ashes; England could take comfort from what was almost a copybook victory in the final Test, which allowed them to square the series. The England side might have crumpled after the defeat at Old Trafford but they came back strongly with Joe Root overseeing everything adroitly in the field; the Australians needed more than 103 runs in the match from Steve Smith.

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If England are serious about burnout they will need to leave Jofra Archer out of some Tests against India

After it was all over there were smiles rather than jubilation at the Oval and a few sighs of relief – from both sides. Australia were content, having retained the Ashes; England could take comfort from what was almost a copybook victory in the final Test, which allowed them to square the series. The England side might have crumpled after the defeat at Old Trafford but they came back strongly with Joe Root overseeing everything adroitly in the field; the Australians needed more than 103 runs in the match from Steve Smith.

Sacrificing Ashes for a World Cup win appears worthwhile for England4

If England are serious about burnout they will need to leave Jofra Archer out of some Tests against India

After it was all over there were smiles rather than jubilation at the Oval and a few sighs of relief – from both sides. Australia were content, having retained the Ashes; England could take comfort from what was almost a copybook victory in the final Test, which allowed them to square the series. The England side might have crumpled after the defeat at Old Trafford but they came back strongly with Joe Root overseeing everything adroitly in the field; the Australians needed more than 103 runs in the match from Steve Smith.

Sacrificing Ashes for a World Cup win appears worthwhile for England3

If England are serious about burnout they will need to leave Jofra Archer out of some Tests against India

After it was all over there were smiles rather than jubilation at the Oval and a few sighs of relief – from both sides. Australia were content, having retained the Ashes; England could take comfort from what was almost a copybook victory in the final Test, which allowed them to square the series. The England side might have crumpled after the defeat at Old Trafford but they came back strongly with Joe Root overseeing everything adroitly in the field; the Australians needed more than 103 runs in the match from Steve Smith.

Sacrificing Ashes for a World Cup win appears worthwhile for England2

If England are serious about burnout they will need to leave Jofra Archer out of some Tests against India

After it was all over there were smiles rather than jubilation at the Oval and a few sighs of relief – from both sides. Australia were content, having retained the Ashes; England could take comfort from what was almost a copybook victory in the final Test, which allowed them to square the series. The England side might have crumpled after the defeat at Old Trafford but they came back strongly with Joe Root overseeing everything adroitly in the field; the Australians needed more than 103 runs in the match from Steve Smith.

Sacrificing Ashes for a World Cup win appears worthwhile for England1

If England are serious about burnout they will need to leave Jofra Archer out of some Tests against India

After it was all over there were smiles rather than jubilation at the Oval and a few sighs of relief – from both sides. Australia were content, having retained the Ashes; England could take comfort from what was almost a copybook victory in the final Test, which allowed them to square the series. The England side might have crumpled after the defeat at Old Trafford but they came back strongly with Joe Root overseeing everything adroitly in the field; the Australians needed more than 103 runs in the match from Steve Smith.