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  1. England collapse from 46-1 to 92-8
  2. England lose seven wickets after tea
  3. Marsh takes three wickets in 14 balls
  4. Aus 481: Smith 143, Voges 76, Starc 58
  5. England lead 3-1 in five-match series

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By Marc Higginson, Stephan Shemilt and Mark Mitchener

All times stated are UK

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And that is where we shall leave it.

Can England show some fight, or will this most one-sided of Ashes series continue towards an Australia landslide?

Join us tomorrow to find out.

I could say that the first hour tomorrow is important, but I wouldn't fool you. The most important time to come in this match is when England put the pads on for their second innings. They will either be following on, or batting to save the match. Either way, it requires a very long effort.

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Jamie in London: Weren't we saying during the NZ series that if we are to embrace this new attacking brand of cricket we'd have to expect and support the odd collapse like this. That didn't last long.

Close-of-play scorecard

Mitchell Marsh

England 107-8 (40 overs) - trail by 374 runs

Batsmen: Moeen 8*, Wood 8*

Fall of wickets: 30-1 (Cook 22), 46-2 (Lyth 19), 60-3 (Bell 10), 64-4 (Root 6), 83-5 (Bairstow 13), 84-6 (Buttler 1), 92-7 (Stokes 15), 92-8 (Broad 0)

Bowling figures: Starc 6-2-14-0, Johnson 8-4-21-1, Lyon 9-2-32-2, Siddle 10-4-18-2, Marsh 7-2-18-3

Australia 481: Smith 143, Warner 85, Voges 76; Finn 3-90, Moeen 3-102, Stokes 3-133

When the going has got tough, the batsmen from both sides have run for the hills. They say it is the modern way. It is the wrong way.

Running for the hills IS NOT the modern way, bud! This series has just been soft by most batters!…

Simon Mann

BBC Test Match Special

"301 runs, 15 wickets but a strangely unsatisfying day of Test cricket, not that Australia will be complaining."

Has an Ashes series ever been completed with every match failing to get to the final day? That is what we are facing here, unless England find some fight and/or a bit of rain.


Ethan Carr: Everybody has been celebrating England's performances and as soon as we play badly it's back to the old pessimistic ways. When will us fans ever be satisfied?

It might also interest you to know that Gary Ballance, more runs in this series than Adam Lyth and Jos Buttler, has made an unbeaten 98 for Yorkshire today.


Peter Howard: I know we've regained the urn, but I think this is a pretty strong shout for the worst Ashes series ever. Terrible batting from both teams at various points, multiple no-ball wickets and some fairly flukey bowling. I don't think South Africa or Pakistan will be quaking in their boots.

More from Steven Finn: "There's still 12 wickets for them to get on a pretty good batting wicket. We have to get through the tricky periods. There's a lot of fight in us yet. We're very much looking to get ourselves out of this situation."

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Stephen Wright: Awful day to be a neutral surely. Zero application by one side and zero contest. Good day for the Aussie contingent no doubt.

Nelson the Cat: The most inept England team to win the Ashes. With thanks to the Australian selectors for not picking Siddle before now

England bowler Steve Finn on Sky Sports: "We're disappointed, we've had a very, very poor day. Australia batted well then showed us how to bowl.

"It's not a 107-8 pitch. It's a good wicket, but Australia have got more out of it than we did. We didn't bowl well, but not badly either.

"We have to fight tomorrow."

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Graeme Donaldson: Geoffrey Boycott in full flow is a thing to behold. He's absolutely right too.

More from Australia batsman Steve Smith on Sky Sports: "You can leave balls on length here, I couldn't get in a real rhythm for my first 20 runs but the more time you spend out there, it gets easier. It was part of my game plan to wait for balls to hit."

On the no-balls: "They probably haven't called as many as we actually balled - Mitch Johnson, most of the balls he bowled in his first spell were apparently no balls."

On making England follow on: "It's not my job yet, Michael Clarke's got to decide!"

Jonathan Agnew

BBC Test Match Special

"If this is the modern way, it's the wrong way. Somehow there needs to be a reminder that an equally important part of Test cricket is to play defensively."

Geoffrey Boycott

Ex-England batsman on BBC Test Match Special

"You need to know when you defend and when you attack. England have committed hari-kari.

"Lyth grafted then Siddle comes on, his second ball is a loosener, a lollipop and he pulls it to deep square leg. Your career is at stake here. Then Bairstow, then Stokes pulling, trying to win the game.

"Buttler can't get a run - he's like a rabbit caught in the headlights of Ashes cricket. A seven-year-old schoolboy would have played better. There has to be a question mark over his Test future. His mind and confidence look shot for Test cricket - it's pathetic."

After Alastair Cook was bowled by a very good delivery from Nathan Lyon on the stroke of tea, the procession really got under way in the evening. In all, seven wickets for 46 runs. Some, like Joe Root and Ian Bell, fell to very good balls. Others, like Jonny Bairstow and Ben Stokes, played idiotic pull shots. Jos Buttler inexplicably missed a straight ball. Adam Lyth moved closer to the axe.

Australia batsman Steve Smith on Sky Sports: "That's the best we've bowled all series, we created pressure, made them earn their runs and got eight wickets, so it speaks for itself. There's enough there in the wicket if you hit the right spot. I was disappointed not to get more runs in the third and fourth Test, but pleased to get some today."

But the sniff was snuffed out by Mitchell Starc's 52-ball 58. Along with Smith, he took Australia to 481 all out. Still, with the sun shining and the pitch looking good to bat on, England should have held no fear. Cue the carnage.

It was actually going reasonably well for England this morning. Steve Smith completed a hundred for the Aussies, but four wickets in the second hour, including two in one Moeen over, saw England reduce the Aussies to 376-7 at lunch. They had a sniff.

Jonathan Agnew

BBC Test Match Special

"When the going gets tough, they run for the hills. There's been no application, no determination to turn the game around. They simply have a swipe and get out."

Geoffrey Boycott

Ex-England batsman on BBC Test Match Special

"It was a wonderful day watching if you were a neutral. If you were an England supporter, you're staggered. That was a pathetic display of batting.

"England have got sucked in. They believe their own publicity - we're going to play attacking, aggressive cricket. There was some really really bad cricket. We want application, we want fight, we want some adaptability to the conditions."

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Peter Fletcher: It's very straightforward: England just need to stop playing test matches in London.

Can you quite believe that? England, so dominant since Lord's, have been kicked all round The Oval. Is it the conditions? A series-winning hangover? Or do Australia only do the business in London?

Jim Maxwell

BBC Test Match Special

Michael Clarke

"That is another extraordinary day of Ashes Test cricket. Australia have got England on the run - hopelessly on the run."

Close of play

Eng 107-8

The carnage is over, until tomorrow at least. England, the Ashes winners, have been steamrollered by a brilliant display from a wounded Australia. In replay to the Aussies' 481 all out, England have limped to 107-8. It's looking for all the world like this series will end up as one of the most bizarre 3-2 scorelines you could ever see.

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Andy, Worcester: Only Yorkshire folk could be questioning Moeen's role in this side. Daryl Mitchell to replace Lyth, I say.

Eng 107-8

The rarest of rare things, a Siddle bad ball, is flicked for four by Moeen, who gets nothing else remotely hittable. Off-stump. Leaves and defence. One to come.

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Rory Taylor: The good thing about our tickets for tomorrow is that we'll get to see Cook lift the Ashes.

Eng 103-8

Last over of the day, to be delivered by Peter Siddle...

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Stuart Foster: England have won the Ashes because they are marginally less worse then Australia.

Eng 103-8 (trail by 378)

Moeen does that thing that Australia did but England have been incapable of - leave the ball. Mitchell Marsha, Test-best figures to his name, skids from the sunshine towards the shadows and explores the off-stump channel. Moeen not interested. A siren is heard in the distance. It's an ambulance for this England innings. I'm afraid it's too late.

Phil Tufnell

Ex-England spinner on BBC Test Match Special

"This is the strangest Test series I've ever seen. England have thoroughly deserved to win but there have been some weird and wonky Test matches."

Eng 102-8 (trail by 397)

Why have all the Test matches in this series been so one-sided? Why has neither team been able to put up a fight when they are behind? Where's the spirit of Mike Atherton? In the England dressing room, Ben Stokes has his hand on his head on his hand as he looks at a laptop, while Jos Buttler leans on the door like a man denied entry to a nightclub. In front of him is a cuddly rabbit. Is it signalling no-ball? Three overs left, have to be bowled by 18:30.