[Fair result?] “Think so, two really high-quality teams, every session was shared so I think 2-2 was fair, wonderful series to be part of. [Going for win] Of course, it didn’t enter the conversation. We said we were over here to win the Ashes. Unfortunately not to be, but a great day. [Sadness at not winning series] We can be hugely proud of retaining the Ashes, but of course we wanted to come over here and win. Similar group to 2019 and it felt a little bit more.
Not to be but a great series. [Felt pressure as captain?] So many moments throughout this series, that’s what makes playing an away Ashes so difficult. The crowd, the media, you get everything thrown at you. Proud of how consistent we’ve been. There’s no point in looking back, 2-2 is the score. [Broad] Great competitor, always seemed to save his best for Australia. I’ve played a third of the amount of matches he’s played, can’t fathom it. Great player, competitor, wish him all the best.”
“Actually [feeling] really good, 2-2 I think it a fair reflection of two teams going toe to toe. Australia, WTC champions, quality team. But going 2-0 down, I don’t think many teams would have responded the way we did. Standing here pretty content with what we’ve achieved. Having played a lot of cricket, we know what it’s like in a fourth-innings chase. Usman and Warner, they played incredible well to walk off with the runs they did [yesterday], but turning up with 250 needed, you should never underestimate how hard that is. Wickets came in clusters, it was do or die, but it’s been that way since the second Test.
[Woakes and Wood impact] The way Woakesy has come in and operated and added runs down the order has been really good. Woody has been brilliant, but yesterday and today, he could hardly walk. Huge amount of effort to get out there. To have people like that, who run in and run in, it’s great to have. [Broad and Moeen] I’ve played with Broady for a long, long time. He’s been unbelievable. To watch him come in and bowl the way he did, it was written in the stars that he would take the final wicket. Mo came in for Jack Leach, a few things were said about him. I chose him because I knew what he could do on his best days. To come out of retirement and perform, he’s a great servant for England.
[India tour?] We’ll let him reflect on the last six weeks and make that decision. [Regrets?] Hindsight never loses, does it. Coming into this series, to bounce back from 2-0 down, it would have been tough for any team. I said to Pat, what a series to be a part of. I think it’s what Test cricket needed. We’ve been very vocal about our objectives, and I think this series has done that, it’s attracted a new audience. Test cricket is the purest form of the game. [Ashes in 2025-26?] Hard to lose that appetite when you love it as much as I do.”
Chris Woakes is England’s Player of the Series:
“It’s been an amazing few games. Nice to come into the side and contribute. The belief was there at 2-0 down that we could still in the series. Great experience in the dressing room. I think 2-2 is quite fitting. Absolutely, not been a part of the team for over 12 months, so exited to get back in. You want to perform and contribute, couldn’t have asked for it to go much batter. Five Tests with the schedule it is, felt I might get an opportunity.
Tried to be ready, didn’t feel in great rhythm but to perform at Headingley was the most pleasing part. Got an early wicket and that settled the nerves. Found a bit of rhythm, need a bit of luck, too, and it went all right. [Best moment] That today is up there, up there with my best moments in Test cricket. For Broady to go out that way is fitting. Incredible for him, delighted to get it all square like that. They’re pretty good, aren’t they. The most pleasing thing is I’ve managed to get big players out.
This is the pinnacle of cricket, so amazing. [Ball change] We were happy, not sure the Aussies were. We made the most of the conditions, when you get a ball change you hope it works for you and it did. [Tests overseas?] We’ll see, leave that to Stokesy and Baz. I’ll enjoy what I’ve done this series, I know what I can do at home. Want to play as much cricket for England as possible, that’s the main aim. You don’t get this feeling anywhere else in the world.”
Australia’s Player of the Series is Mitchell Starc:
“Been incredible fived Tests, sure it was a treat to watch. Exciting, ebbs and blow throughout. The way it finished today spoke to the quality of the cricket and the emotions involved. [Final session] Happened quickly, much like the whole series. It’s come right down to the last session on day 25.
Congrats to Stuart, he probably couldn’t have written that any better. [Personal success] Been a fantastic tour to come and express myself, had the backing from the group. Fantastic group to be a part of for a long time. Been a successful tour, from the six matches we played including the WTC final. We’ve got a great support staff, resilient group. A busy eight weeks for both teams but the quality of cricket has been fantastic.
[Bazball] We saw two different brands, both teams stuck to it and ultimately we sit here at 2-2. Great that Test cricket is thriving the way it is. We felt at different stages it looked different to traditional Test cricket. It’s been enthralling and I’m sure both teams have enjoyed the whole experience.”
England vs Australia 5th Test Highlights 2023. Monday 31-7, The Ashes 2023 5th Test Highlights, From Kennington Oval, London.
Toss: Australia chose to field.
England team: 1 Zak Crawley, 2 Ben Duckett, 3 Moeen Ali, 4 Joe Root, 5 Harry Brook, 6 Ben Stokes (capt), 7 Jonny Bairstow (wk), 8 Chris Woakes, 9 Mark Wood, 10 Stuart Broad, 11 James Anderson
Australia team: 1 David Warner, 2 Usman Khawaja, 3 Marnus Labuschagne, 4 Steven Smith, 5 Travis Head, 6 Mitchell Marsh, 7 Alex Carey (wk), 8 Mitchell Starc, 9 Pat Cummins (capt), 10 Todd Murphy, 11 Josh Hazlewood
Head to Head In test’s: 360
England Won: 111
Australia Won: 152
England test Rankings: 3rd
Australia test Rankings: 2nd
(Last five matches, most recent first)
Match Timings: 10:00 AM GMT | 11:00 AM Local
Umpires – Joel Wilson, Kumar Dharmasena
TV Umpire – Nitin Menon
Match Referee – Ranjan Madugalle
Reserve Umpire – David Millns
Match number – Test no. 2515