Ashes 2017/18 - 5th Test Preview - Can England pull a win out of the bag?

Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull and his wife Lucy stand with members of the Australian and England cricket teams during a reception at Kirribilli House in Sydney
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The question is, can England come back at Australia, after a battling draw in Melbourne, spoiled by the rain, and take something away with them from this disappointing Ashes series?

A magnificent record breaking double hundred from Alastair Cook allowed England the chance of victory, in the fourth Test, only to be thwarted by the weather. Many people had written off Cook and were looking for a change in the opening pair, however, he came back strongly against some severe criticism in some quarters and social media bashing.

Looking now at the Fifth and final test of this Ashes series, to be played at the SCG, I think England definitely have a chance. Especially, as some people are predicting, that the pitch will take some spin. If you dont believe what i think, take a look at some online cricket betting sites for the latest match odds and predictions.

The ICC gave a ‘poor’ rating for the MCG pitch and the SCG groundsmen will be looking to improve on that.

"The bounce of the MCG pitch was medium, but slow in pace and got slower as the match progressed.

"The nature of the pitch did not change over the five days and there was no natural deterioration.
"As such, the pitch did not allow an even contest between the bat and the ball as it neither favoured the batsmen too much nor it gave the bowlers sufficient opportunity to take wickets."

I hope that the SCG pitch will take some turn and that Mason Crane is picked for the Sydney Test by the England selectors.

My Prediction – Crane and Ali to put the Aussies in a spin and provide England with a win!


Possible England 12 for Sydney Test:
A Cook, M Stoneman, J Vince, J Root, D Malan, J Bairstow(Wkt), M Ali, C Woakes, T Curran, S Broad, J Anderson, M Crane

Australia 14-man squad for Sydney Test:
Steven Smith (captain), David Warner, Cameron Bancroft, Usman Khawaja, Shaun Marsh, Mitchell Marsh, Peter Handscomb, Tim Paine (wk), Mitchell Starc, Josh Hazlewood, Pat Cummins, Jackson Bird, Nathan Lyon, Ashton Agar