25 Aug 2013

Ashes decider headed for a draw

7:38 am on 25 August 2013

Rain's meant no play on the fourth day of the fifth and final Ashes cricket test between England and Australia at The Oval.

But that didn't slow down the Australian attacks on the English, with the debutant James Faulkner saying England fans deserve a refund for being forced to watch their side bat in slow motion.

England are 247 for four and still trail Australia by 245 runs on the first innings, meaning the match is seemingly destined for a draw with just a day to play.

Supporters with day four tickets got their money back after rain prevented a single ball being bowled.

But Faulkner says those who were unlucky enough to witness England shut up shop with an excruciatingly slow batting performance on day three should also be entitled to compensation.

Coach Darren Lehmann started the verbal ball rolling by branding Stuart Broad a "blatant cheat", while Mitchell Starc questioned the true quality of a team that's up 3-0 in a series yet doesn't play to win.