Joe Root dismisses concerns that England captaincy is affecting his batting

Megan Schutt claims ODI hat-trick

Batting first for the first time in the series, Stafanie Taylor's side was bundled out for 180 in 50 overs - a marginally better effort than their previous two outings - which Australia overcame in just the 32nd over through half-centuries to Alyssa Healy (61) and Meg Lanning (58 not out). Of course, I've not performed as I would have liked but that's part and parcel of Test cricket.

Australia may have retained the Ashes after their 185-run win in the fourth Test at Old Trafford but skipper Tim Paine has warned the opposition their job isn't done yet and they will be going for a series victory in the fifth and final Test at the iconic Oval starting Thursday.

Anderson took aim at the pitches this series for not favouring the home team, but rather leaning towards the Aussie quicks and batsman.

The Yorkshireman was phlegmatic about the effect of captaincy on his form after a poor series by his standards, saying batting had been tough for both sides.

Australia will be looking to cap off the Ashes tour with a win after a successfully retaining the Ashes in Manchester.

"It's about trying to make sure we use this match as a stepping stone, win this game, have a really strong winter and move forward as a group". "We have spoken a lot about it".

However in his eight Ashes innings, he has averaged just 13.75. "As a group last week's result was brilliant and we played very well but the guys are aware this match is bigger than that one, this is our grand final".

Explaining the selection of Marsh, he said: "Bringing in Marsh will ease a little bit of the workload on the bowlers at the end of a long series".

That in the bigger picture was hardly sufficient as Jess Jonassen broke through in the 47th over, before Megan Schutt swooped in in the last over to pick up an ODI hat-trick off the last three balls of the innings - dismissing Chinelle Henry, Karishma Ramharack and Afy Fletcher.

Paine has now revealed Australia Prime Minister Scott Morrison had a message for the team ahead of the fifth Test. Paine joked that he might give him a call to the PM if they win the final Test and also revealed that Morrison praised the team especially Steve Smith.

The other key factor for Australia has been the strength of their pace attack, with Josh Hazlewood and world number one Pat Cummins catching the eye with 42 wickets between them.

And, judging by the usual reaction to a setback, we can expect the polar opposite of the laid-back Bayliss who came in to empower the players and take the pressure off them rather than be a high-profile disciplinarian. "I've never seen batting like that".

Critics would say recalibrating sights is a standard distraction tactic when flak is flying and that keeping hold of the rudder could be hard this week with Tim Paine's side looking for a place in history as the first winners here since 2001.



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