What England can still hope is for their last four wickets to carry on batting until the heavens open.
50 – Aggregate runs, across seven innings, by the Marsh brothers – Mitch and Shaun. Australia edging close to an innings win.
When Peter Siddle had Moeen Ali (35) caught behind, England, following on, was dismissed for 286 in its second innings.
In the fifth Test, Michael Clarke was given a guard of honour by England players when he walked out to bat in the first innings.
He will be joined in worldwide retirement by opening batsman Chris Rogers, 37, who enjoyed the additional consolation of being named Australia’s man of the series after scoring 480 runs over the five matches.
MICHAEL Clarke has tasted Test victory one final time as Australia claimed a dominant innings and 46 runs win in the fifth Test at The Oval.
Rain is forecast for lunchtime today and plenty more on Monday, and Buttler said: “We would love to end what has been a successful and fantastic series by saving this game”.
As well as Smith’s second hundred of the series, which saw him become the first Australian to score more than 500 runs in an Ashes series in England since Matthew Elliott in 1997, David Warner (85), Adam Voges (76) and Mitchell Starc (58) all score fifties.
It left Clarke to suggest local groundsmen had been leant upon to produce pitches, in particular the green monsters presented at Edgbaston and Trent Bridge, which suited the swing bowling of England spearheads Jimmy Anderson and Stuart Broad and ultimately shortchanged fans.
Jos Buttler (33) and Mark Wood (0) are at the crease. The next three are over in two and a half and three days.
“The way the boys played in this test match was a reward for all the hard work we have put in on this tour”, Clarke said at the presentation ceremony.
Peter Siddle has 43 wickets from 11 Tests in England, at an average of 28.37.
“It would be great if we could get out of this, and a bit of rain would be great”.
It was a sad end to the series for the Ashes victors, who will be delighted to regain The Ashes but disappointed to do so after such a heavy defeat.
The result will give Australian fans optimism for the future, but will simultaneously reinforce the frustration that comes with the belief this was an Ashes series Australia could have won.