The Ashes 2023 LIVE: England vs Australia latest score on day five after Stuart Broad announces retirement

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England cricket player Stuart Broad has announced his retirement from the sport following the final Ashes test. The announcement comes as Australia head into the final day of the Ashes series in a strong position, needing 249 more runs for victory. Broad had initially tried to ignite England’s attack on day four, but the team still needs 10 wickets to secure a 2-2 draw. Broad, who was given a guard of honour by Australia, will be hoping for a fairy-tale ending in his last match. However, the pitch is still good and Australia appears determined to spoil Broad’s send-off.

The Ashes series has seen several players bring an end to their Ashes careers. David Warner and Moeen Ali have also announced their retirements, while James Anderson, Mark Wood, and Ben Stokes may face difficulties in future series due to age and injury concerns. The next Ashes series is more than two years away, adding to the end-of-an-era feel of the current series.

The leading run-scorers of the series, Usman Khawaja and Zak Crawley, exemplify the different approaches taken by the teams. Crawley has scored 480 runs with a strike rate of 88.72, while Khawaja has scored 493 runs with a strike rate of 39.50. Their performances highlight the contrasting methods employed by England and Australia in the series.

Weather conditions on the final day of the match are expected to consist of light showers in the morning, clearing away as the day progresses. However, rain is predicted in the afternoon. Australia needs 249 more runs to win, which would be the second-highest Test chase in England. It is shaping up to be another thrilling finish to the series.

Stuart Broad’s retirement announcement and subsequent performance in the final Ashes test have left England searching for a fairy-tale ending. However, David Warner and Usman Khawaja’s partnership on day four frustrated England and left the match finely poised before the rain intervened. The stage was set for Broad to inspire victory, but it may not be the fairytale ending he had hoped for. England now face a difficult task of taking 10 wickets to secure a draw and deny Australia a series victory.

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