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If England are serious about burnout they will need to leave Jofra Archer out of some Tests against India

After it was all over there were smiles rather than jubilation at the Oval and a few sighs of relief – from both sides. Australia were content, having retained the Ashes; England could take comfort from what was almost a copybook victory in the final Test, which allowed them to square the series. The England side might have crumpled after the defeat at Old Trafford but they came back strongly with Joe Root overseeing everything adroitly in the field; the Australians needed more than 103 runs in the match from Steve Smith.

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If England are serious about burnout they will need to leave Jofra Archer out of some Tests against India

After it was all over there were smiles rather than jubilation at the Oval and a few sighs of relief – from both sides. Australia were content, having retained the Ashes; England could take comfort from what was almost a copybook victory in the final Test, which allowed them to square the series. The England side might have crumpled after the defeat at Old Trafford but they came back strongly with Joe Root overseeing everything adroitly in the field; the Australians needed more than 103 runs in the match from Steve Smith.

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If England are serious about burnout they will need to leave Jofra Archer out of some Tests against India

After it was all over there were smiles rather than jubilation at the Oval and a few sighs of relief – from both sides. Australia were content, having retained the Ashes; England could take comfort from what was almost a copybook victory in the final Test, which allowed them to square the series. The England side might have crumpled after the defeat at Old Trafford but they came back strongly with Joe Root overseeing everything adroitly in the field; the Australians needed more than 103 runs in the match from Steve Smith.

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If England are serious about burnout they will need to leave Jofra Archer out of some Tests against India

After it was all over there were smiles rather than jubilation at the Oval and a few sighs of relief – from both sides. Australia were content, having retained the Ashes; England could take comfort from what was almost a copybook victory in the final Test, which allowed them to square the series. The England side might have crumpled after the defeat at Old Trafford but they came back strongly with Joe Root overseeing everything adroitly in the field; the Australians needed more than 103 runs in the match from Steve Smith.

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If England are serious about burnout they will need to leave Jofra Archer out of some Tests against India

After it was all over there were smiles rather than jubilation at the Oval and a few sighs of relief – from both sides. Australia were content, having retained the Ashes; England could take comfort from what was almost a copybook victory in the final Test, which allowed them to square the series. The England side might have crumpled after the defeat at Old Trafford but they came back strongly with Joe Root overseeing everything adroitly in the field; the Australians needed more than 103 runs in the match from Steve Smith.

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Romelu Lukaku joined Inter from Manchester United this summer.
 Romelu Lukaku joined Inter from Manchester United this summer. Photograph: Daniele Mascolo/Reuters

An Italian TV pundit has been suspended for saying that the only way to stop Romelu Lukaku is to give “him 10 bananas to eat”. Luciano Passirani, an Italian football journalist, was a guest on the Qui Studio a Voi Stadio show when he made the racist remark and the director of the Telelombardia show reacted immediately by saying that he would never appear on the programme again.

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Romelu Lukaku joined Inter from Manchester United this summer.
 Romelu Lukaku joined Inter from Manchester United this summer. Photograph: Daniele Mascolo/Reuters

An Italian TV pundit has been suspended for saying that the only way to stop Romelu Lukaku is to give “him 10 bananas to eat”. Luciano Passirani, an Italian football journalist, was a guest on the Qui Studio a Voi Stadio show when he made the racist remark and the director of the Telelombardia show reacted immediately by saying that he would never appear on the programme again.

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Jonny Bairstow stumps Matthew Wade on another excellent day for the wicketkeeper.
 Jonny Bairstow stumps Matthew Wade on another excellent day for the wicketkeeper. Photograph: Andrew Boyers/Action Images via Reuters

In the end a losing draw felt about right. England and Australia have finally left the building. Although at times during this fifth Test Australia seemed to have checked out some time early last week.

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Jonny Bairstow stumps Matthew Wade on another excellent day for the wicketkeeper.
 Jonny Bairstow stumps Matthew Wade on another excellent day for the wicketkeeper. Photograph: Andrew Boyers/Action Images via Reuters

In the end a losing draw felt about right. England and Australia have finally left the building. Although at times during this fifth Test Australia seemed to have checked out some time early last week.

the final Test but his batting position must be questioned13

Jonny Bairstow stumps Matthew Wade on another excellent day for the wicketkeeper.
 Jonny Bairstow stumps Matthew Wade on another excellent day for the wicketkeeper. Photograph: Andrew Boyers/Action Images via Reuters

In the end a losing draw felt about right. England and Australia have finally left the building. Although at times during this fifth Test Australia seemed to have checked out some time early last week.