England beat Australia by 135 runs to win the 5th Test and level the series, although they were unable to regain the Ashes.
Both sides made changes at the Oval. With Ben Stokes only able to play as a specialist batsmen, England dropped Jason Roy and Craig Overton, and brought in Sam Curran and Chris Woakes. Meanwhile, Australia recalled Mitchell Marsh and Peter Siddle for Travis Head and Mitchell Starc.
Australia won the toss and invited England to bat, striking in the 9th over when Joe Denly wafted at a delivery by Pat Cummins and was caught at second slip by Steve Smith. However, Rory Burns and Joe Root steered England through to lunch safely at 86 – 1.
The pair took the score past the 100 mark before Burns was caught by Marsh off the bowling of Josh Hazlewood for 47. Stokes made 20 but he was caught by Nathan Lyon off Marsh, and then Root and Jonny Bairstow added 40 for the fourth wicket. Root had been dropped three times, but his luck ran out when he was bowled by Cummins for 57.
Bairstow was the next to fall lb to Marsh for 22, and the part-time bowler then claimed two more victims, Curran caught by Smith at slip for 15, and Woakes lbw. Jos Buttler and Jofra Archer added 21, but then Archer became the eighth wicket to fall, caught behind off Hazlewood. However, Buttler and Jack Leach then combined to see the day out, as England closed on 271 – 8.
Resuming on the second morning, England added just 23 to their overnight score before they were all out for 294. Buttler was the first to go, bowled by Cummins for 70, having hit 3 sixes. He was then followed by jack Leach, last man out to Marsh for 21.
England had been bowled out for 294, with part-time medium pacer Marsh taking 5 for 46.
In reply, Jofra Archer struck at the top of the Australian innings, removing both openers, David Warner, and Marcus Harris, cheaply. However, yet again Smith and Labuschagne kept England at bay with a stand of 69, until Archer took his third wicket, having Labuschagne lbw for 48. Smith and Matthew Wade added 35, but then Curran had Wade lbw for 19.
Smith and Marsh shared a stand of 42, but then England struck with three quick wickets. Marsh was caught by Leach off Archer for 19, and then Tim Paine caught behind off Curran. Pat Cummins as then lbw to the same bowler next ball. Smith and Siddle then put on 21 before Smith missed a straight ball from Woakes, and was lbw for 80. Siddle and Nathan Lyon added 37, but then Archer wrapped the innings up. First he bowled Lyon for 25, and then he had Siddle caught by Burns at slip for 18.
In the end Australia were all out for 225, with Archer taking 6 for 62, giving England a first innings lead of 69.
Burns and Denly were able to reach the close of play undefeated on 9, extending the England lead to 78.
Resuming on the third morning, Burns and Denly extended the England lead until Burns was caught behind off Lyon for 20. Then Denly and Joe Root added 33, until the England captain also fell to Lyon, caught by Smith. Ben Stokes was dropped when he had scored just 7 at slip and he and Denly looked to build the lead with an impressive stand. Together the pair put on 127 until Stokes, who had hit 2 sixes, was bowled by Lyon for 67. Denly looked like he might get his maiden test century, but he was caught by Smith off Siddle for 94. Bairstow and Buttler than added 27, before Bairstow was caught by Smith again, with Marsh this time the bowler, for 14.
Buttler and Curran looked to push the score along, but Curran was caught behind off Cummins for 17, and then Woakes fell to a superb catch by Smith at slip. Next ball Buttler, who had made 47, fell to Siddle, Labuschagne with the catch on this occasion. Archer and Leach saw out the day as England closed on 313 – 8, a lead of 382, with 2 wickets still standing.
On the 4th morning, England soon lost Archer, caught behind off Pat Cummins, and although Broad hit two quick sixes, the innings was wrapped-up when Leach was caught by Hazlewood off Lyon, who finished with 4 for 69.
England had been bowled out for 329, meaning Australia needed 399 to win.
Their run chase though got off to a disappointing start when Broad bowled Harris in the fifth over. Then, in the next over he bowled, he had Warner caught by Burns at slip, the seventh time in the series he had dismissed the opener. England then took their third wicket when Labuschagne was fractionally out of his ground to a delivery form Leach, and was stumped by Bairstow for 14.
Smith and Wade put on 29, but Smith, for once, fell relatively cheaply, caught by Ben Stokes at leg slip off Broad for 23. Wade and Marsh then added 63 for the fifth wicket until Marsh was caught by Buttler off the part-time bowling of Root. Wade and Paine then shared a stand of 52, until Paine was lbw to Leach for 21. Then it was the turn of Wade and Cummins to put on a partnership of 44, although Wade dominated it, until Cummins was caught behind off Broad.
Wade meanwhile, had reached his second century of the series, before he fell for 117, caught behind off Root. Leach then wrapped up the match by having both Lyon and Hazlewood caught by Root in short order, as Australia was bowled out for 263.
Broad finished with 4 for 62, and Leach 4 for 49.