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Last Updated: Monday, 12 September 2005, 09:38 GMT 10:38 UK
Build-up to Ashes climax

All the build-up to the final day of the fifth Ashes Test between England and Australia at The Oval.

An incredible series comes down to a thrilling climax as Michael Vaughan's England go in search of the draw that will win them back the Ashes after 18 years.

LATEST BUILD-UP (all times BST):

1005: Mark Pougatch, BBC Radio Five Live:
The fans are patiently queuing outside, the only thing I can liken it to is people's Sunday at Wimbledon. The crowd today have a huge part to play - they will be passionate, involved, tense.

0950: Oliver Brett, BBC Sport at The Oval:
The Australian squad are all smiles as they tour the perimeter of the outfield. Playing Aussie rules, Jason Gillespie nearly knocks over England technician Nigel Stockill with a wild kick. Yesterday he had showed a similarly poor touch to boot a ball into the crowd amidst hoots of derision.

0933: Pat Murphy, BBC Radio Five Live cricket correspondent:
The destiny of the Ashes lies in Shane Warne's hands. He can turn the ball on glass let alone grass. But I believe England have enough nous to survive and if they bat for two sessions they will win the Ashes.

0927: Graeme Fowler, ex-England opener:
This has left a lasting impression on a lot of young people. I hope they can stick with the game though some will always die away and wait for the next big thing to come along. But bat manufacturers say sales have gone up 70% this summer, it's encouraging.

0922: Jason, captain of Estonian cricket team:
Estonians have a keen understanding of sport and they feel confident England can see this through. It feels like it's their turn to win it.

0848: Angus Fraser, ex-England bowler:
Of course you worry about Shane Warne, he's probably the greatest cricketer that's ever stepped foot on the field.

But England are a different side these days. We've taken them by surprise, they are used to bullying us and have done for the last few series, but England have looked them in the eye and not taken a backward step.

0833: Jonathan Agnew, BBC cricket correspondent:
We are three sessions away from witnessing the most amazing cricket party this country's ever seen. But England have to bat for 60 overs first - if they do, then light the fuse.

0829: Everton Fox, BBC weatherman:
The weather is only going to improve from now on, so England will be hoping the sun can burst through and make conditions for batting a bit easier.


The Sun: 'Last fight of the Poms': Matthew Hoggard calls on England's batsmen to summon up one last mighty effort to win back the Ashes.
The Times: 'England edge towards light': As a result of a day ruined, England stand within touching distance of the greatest achievement in cricket.
The Daily Telegraph: 'One last push': A final twist cannot be ruled is not beyond the bounds of Warne that England could be bowled out this afternoon.
Daily Express: 'Blood, sweat and cheers for Flintoff': Flintoff pushed his mighty frame through one final Herculean cut the ground away from Australia's feet.

0813: Michael Peschardt, BBC Breakfast News in Sydney:
It's going to be a very long night here in Australia but they are confident Shane Warne can pull off an amazing victory.

0808: Mike Gatting, England's last Ashes-winning captain:
People can learn a lot from our sport and the way it's been played this summer, I just hope the kids are watching and making the most of it.

0801: Arlo White, BBC Five Live at The Oval:
One of the green tarpaulins has been dragged back on to the square, I'm not sure why, because it is still a brighter scene than yesterday and I don't think there's any doubt we'll get a full day in.

0742: Richard Caborn MP, Sports Minister:
We are seeing a fantastic renaissance right across cricket, with both the men and women's teams doing fantastically well this summer. It is brilliant news for the game.

0736: Rob Bonnet, BBC Sport reporter:
The covers are coming off after some early light rain at The Oval.

0729: Everton Fox, BBC weatherman:
There are some chinks of blue sky now in south-east London, the weather is definitely improving I'm sorry to confirm!

0710: Richard Bevan, Professional Cricketers Association:
Money will be the last thing on the players' minds today. The mood in the camp is one of enjoyment, but naturally tense and nervous too - just like the public probably!

0705: Jonathan Agnew, BBC cricket correspondent:
It could not only be a fantastic end to the summer, but a fantastic end to 16 years of history if England reclaim the Ashes. A start of a new era for England, and the end of a very successful one for Australia.

But for goodness sake, let's not rule out a comeback by the Aussies!

0640: Arlo White, BBC Five Live at The Oval:
I'm not entirely confident this is going to be a draw. It's all set up for one last crack from Shane Warne.

0630: Everton Fox, BBC weatherman:
I expect a full day's play - the cloud has a bit more form to it, and I'm optimistic any drizzle will clear by mid-morning, and there should be some decent sunny spells in the afternoon.


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