Preview: Cricket on 5: The Ashes – England v Australia

The Ashes
Photo by Daniel Greef.

Highlights of the final day of first Ashes Test between England and Australia at Edgbaston.

It started off so well on the opening day but then that spoilsport Steve Smith brought his batting prowess to bear against England’s bowlers and rescued his team from a calamitous collapse before drilling them to a formidable 487 declared in their second innings.

Those unfortunate enough to have bought tickets for the final day should have read the tea leaves in the bottom of their morning teacup because this was always on the cards after allowing the Aussies to get off the hook on day one.

England attempt to save the match on a deteriorating pitch with baggy green spinner Nathan Lyon licking his chops at the prospect.

You might choose to watch from behind the couch.

Cricket on 5: The Ashes – England v Australia – Monday at 7.00pm on Channel 5.