'Draw is not an option'

“I've looked at the weather forecast and it looks okay,” vice-captain Michael Clarke told a news conference on Tuesday.

“If the sun shines for five days we will have a wonderful Test match. I know we will be out there chasing one result and that is a win.”

Australia levelled the series 1-1 after inflicting a heavy innings defeat on England in the fourth Test at Headingley.

A draw would be enough to keep the Ashes but the Australians are determined to atone for their 2-1 loss in the unforgettable 2005 Ashes.

“In the 50-odd Test matches I have played we have never gone for a draw and I'm pretty confident we won't be out there playing for a draw. This side has shown over the last 12 months that we do have the class, we have the enthusiasm, we have the determination to be as successful as any team I have played in," Clarke said.

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