Australia captain Tim Paine has made it crystal clear that this 5th and the final will be one of the biggest Test Matches for his team. Last time, when Australia won Ashes on England soil was back in 2001, when Steve Waugh’s side won 4-1 to extend Australia’s dominance over their oldest rivals to 12 years.
Australia would not let this lead go in vain and they have a chance to lift up the trophy almost after two decades. Visitors earned a 2-1 series advantage after demolished England by 185 runs in the 4th Test.
Meanwhile, England would try every possible way to win this Test match to once again kill the dreams of Aussies of winning the Ashes in England after S Waugh.
The final test game is set to be played at Kennington Oval, London around 3:30 PM in the noon.
AUS vs ENG, 5th Test, Ashes 2019
Kennington Oval, London
12 Sept 2019, 3:30 PM IST
AUS vs ENG Pitch Report:
The forecast indicates cloudy conditions for the first, second and fifth days of the Test, while the third and fourth days will offer us sunny weather. No rain is expected throughout the Test. The fast bowlers have been lethal at The Oval.
Old Trafford Stats:
Avg 1st inn score: 349
Avg 2nd inn score: 306
Avg 3rd inn score: 234
Avg 4th inn score: 154
Highest Total: 903/7 (335.2 Ov) by ENG vs AUS
Lowest Total: 44/10 (26 Ov) by AUS vs ENG
Highest Chased: 263/9 (66.5 Ov) by ENG vs AUS
Lowest Defended: 77/10 (55 Ov) by ENG vs AUS
AUS vs ENG Head to Head (In England Last 8 Tests):
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Australia bounced back aggressively after losing the third Test against England in Headingley.
Australia’s skipper Tim Paine has announced a group of 12 players for the fifth Test, with Travis Head replaced by Mitchell Marsh.
Australia have been seen switching a lot in the bowling department. So there are chances that James Pattinson or possibly Peter Siddle come back into the side for either Mitchell Starc or Josh Hazelwood.
The opening partnership has been an issue for Australian as David Warner’s struggles continue while Marcus Harris needs to push himself more.
If changes were to be made then Usman Khawaja or Cameron Bancroft can come back in the playing11.
Off-spinner Nathan Lyon is an injury concern, having split his spinning finger, but the coach assured that he will be fine.
Mitchell Starc has been omitted from the playing XI. Peter Siddle replaces him.
England Team News:
Defeat at Old Trafford would have shattered the entire English dressing room.
England has named the same 13 players for this final match at The Oval.
England team management has confirmed that Ben Stokes will play as a specialist batsman due to a shoulder injury.
J Roy misses out for the fifth Test against Australia.
Sam Curran and Chris Woakes have been named in the XI. Out-of-sorts Jason Roy and Craig Overton have been dropped from the side.
Rory Burns and J Denly will open the innings for England.
J Archer, S Broad, and Jack Leach will hold the bowling department.
Tim Paine (c), Cameron Bancroft, Pat Cummins, Marcus Harris, Josh Hazlewood, Travis Head, Usman Khawaja, Marnus Labuschagne, Nathan Lyon, Mitchell Marsh, Michael Neser, James Pattinson, Peter Siddle, Steve Smith, Mitchell Starc, Matthew Wade, David Warner.
Joe Root (c), Jofra Archer, Jonny Bairstow, Stuart Broad, Rory Burns, Jos Buttler, Sam Curran, Joe Denly, Jack Leach, Craig Overton, Jason Roy, Ben Stokes (vc), Chris Woakes.
TOSS: Australia won the toss and chose to bowl
AUS vs England Playing 11 (After Toss)
Australia Playing 11:
David Warner, Marcus Harris, Marnus Labuschagne, Steve Smith, Mitch Marsh, Matthew Wade, Tim Paine (c, wk), Pat Cummins, Peter Siddle, Nathan Lyon, Josh Hazlewood
England Playing 11:
Rory Burns, Joe Denly, Joe Root (c), Ben Stokes, Jonny Bairstow (wk), Jos Buttler, Sam Curran, Chris Woakes, Jofra Archer, Stuart Broad, Jack Leach
AUS vs ENG Dream11 Fantasy Picks:
Steve Smith – 671 runs – 5 innings- 134.20 average – 211 Highest Score
M Labuschagne – 291 runs – 5 innings – 58.20 average – 80 Highest score
P Cumming – 24 wickets- 8 innings – 2.54 economy – 7/103 best figure