The Ashes: History beckons both England and Australia in final Test

England have already won the series, having taken an unassailable 3-0 lead in the four Tests played. But they will be in no mood to go easy on their opponents.

updated: August 20, 2013 10:21 IST
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London: A chance to make history, albeit of different sorts, will confront England and Australia when the final Test of this season's Ashes starts at The Oval in south London on Wednesday.

At 3-0 up with one to play, England have already retained the Ashes and won the series -- the first time since the 1950s they've won three successive Test campaigns against their oldest rivals.

But they still have plenty to play as they've never won four Tests against Australia in England and have never taken any Ashes series by a 4-0 margin although they did win 4-1 in Australia in 1911/12 and in 1928/29 before taking a six-match series against an Australia side weakened by defections to the unofficial World Series Cricket 5-1 in 1978/79.

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