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Jos Butler hoping weather saves England in final Ashes Test

England have been second best in the final Ashes Test. Photo:

Jos Buttler acknowledges England's Ashes party has become something of a damp squib at the Kia Oval, but is now hoping for rain to keep it that way.

Hopes were high of a third consecutive victory over Australia, a record 4-1 scoreline at home and a repeat of the ecstatic celebrations seen at Trent Bridge when the urn was officially regained.

But the hosts have been second best from the off in the final Investec Test and the only reason for optimism comes from the weather forecast rather than the scorecard.

Butler wants 'the great British weather' to save England. Credit: PA

England were asked to follow-on by Michael Clarke - enforcing for the first time in his final match before retirement - and reached stumps on 203 for six, 129 short of making Australia bat again.

"It's had a different feel to the game," Buttler admitted. "The high of Trent Bridge, and that emotion of winning the series, for a lot of young guys in the side was such an amazing feeling.

"Then 10 days riding on the back of that where we spoke about wanting to try to win 4-1.

"Maybe we got a bit caught up in that as opposed to actually focusing on what we've done well to get the end results.

"It's disappointing the way we've played here, but we have won the Ashes, and no one can take that away from us - no matter how badly we've played in this game.

"The great British weather may come and give us a bit of hope though."

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