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Ashes 'We bowled quite well' - England paceman Mark Wood

England paceman Mark Wood felt his team bowled "quite well" despite Australia's strong start to the fifth Ashes Test at The Oval.

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'We bowled quite well' - England paceman Mark Wood

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England paceman Mark Wood felt his team bowled "quite well" despite Australia's strong start to the fifth Ashes Test at The Oval.

The tourists reached 287-3 at the end of day one after being put in to bat, with David Warner (85) and Steve Smith (unbeaten 78) leading the way.

Wood believes there was nothing wrong with the way England bowled, instead opting to credit Australia's batsmen for a patient approach they had lacked throughout the series.

"I think that Australia played well, to be honest, in that first session. I thought they stuck at it really well and left a lot more balls than they did in the previous game," he said.

"I think sometimes you've just got to say, 'Hats off to them and well played'.

"I actually think we bowled quite well. We stuck at it all day. I think the intensity was there - there was no complacency in terms of because it's the last game and The Ashes are secured.

"I think we tried our best and sometimes you've just got to say well played to them because I thought that, especially in the first session, we bowled really well, and they just played well. Hats off to them."

England made a guard of honour for retiring Australia captain Michael Clarke as he came out to bat, before he was dismissed for 15.

Wood said captain Alastair Cook had ordered his troops into position.

"The respect shown for Michael Clarke was for the phenomenal career that he has had and the great player that he is. It was just the right thing to do I think. I am sure he appreciated it," he said.

"Cooky, I don't know if it was planned, but Cooky just said, 'Line up and show respect' and I think it was the right thing to do.

"This morning had a great feel about it. The Ashes were already secured, and we'd go out there and soak up the atmosphere. But the day overall didn't have that feeling, it was just another day of tough Test cricket."

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