Steve Smith's score of 80 was a meagre one by his standards, and Jofra Archer could tell Australia's talisman was not on top form.
In a game cut to 18 overs due to poor weather, Zimbabwe's 144-5 was not quite enough to beat Bangladesh in Dhaka on Friday.
England are in good shape to draw the Ashes series at 2-2 but Marnus Labuschagne insists Australia are determined to finish with a win.
England lead by 78 after day two of the final Ashes Test, Jofra Archer taking his second six-wicket haul of the series.
Steve Smith has more boundaries than David Warner has runs in the Ashes, demonstrating the vast difference in their performances.
As England made progress in dismissing his team-mates, Steve Smith remained the immovable object for Australia at The Oval.
Sarfraz Ahmed's position has been called into question but the wicketkeeper-batsman will continue to lead his country in a new era.
Australia were 55-2 at lunch in reply to England's 294 all out, with Steve Smith and Marnus Labuschagne batting.
The struggling David Warner fell for only five after Mitchell Marsh and Pat Cummins struck to bowl England out for 294 at The Oval.
Mitchell Marsh is aware that he is not very popular with many Australia cricket fans but is determined to win them over.