Cricket Betting Tips and Match Prediction - England v Australia 5th Ashes Test
The fifth and the last Ashes Test between England and Australia will be played at the Kennington Oval in London.
Be it on the last day of the fourth Test or at Lord's or at Headingley, fight is something that England have shown throughout. However, it is is time to concede that there has been a clear gap in quality between the two teams in this Ashes which has only been more and more prominent as the series has gone forward.
This is one of the reasons why the purists advocate five-match series. Over the course of that, things lie naked in front of the eyes of both players and viewers and there is little that you can hide.
England's batting troubles have not been an overnight creation and will take time to get sorted. Likewise, in the absence of bowling maestro James Anderson and injuries to probable replacements Mark Wood and Olly Stone, they are not left with great acumen in the bowling department as well. Jack Leach and Moeen Ali are competing with each other for the lone spinner's spot with daylight following them.
Logically, the Ed Smith-led English selection committee has made the right move by not making any changes to the English squad for the last Test as that would have only put fresh faces under the pump in a series that could not be won anymore. It is better to show faith in the existing bunch of players and give them a last shot to salvage pride.
As for Australia, everything on this tour seems to have gone their way except their opening combination. They are likely to persist with Marcus Harris and David Warner. Marnus Labuschagne has settled well at the number three spot with Steven Smith proving to be England's nemesis time and again at four. Travis Head and Matthew Wade follow.
The Australian bowling looks settled with Mitchell Starc doing quite well at Old Trafford. It is quite possible that Australia decide to be unchanged for the last Test subject to the finger injury of Nathan Lyon.
The foremost motivation for England would be to prevent Australia from winning the Ashes. Mind you, Australia are yet to win an Ashes series in England since 2001 though they have retained them. The English team would try their best to win the last game to not only draw level but also lay claim for individual spots for the upcoming tour of New Zealand in October.
Let's have a look at the probable playing XI of both teams:
England- Rory Burns, Joe Denly, Joe Root, Jason Roy, Ben Stokes, Jonny Bairstow, Jos Buttler, Jofra Archer, Chris Woakes, Stuart Broad, Jack Leach
Australia- David Warner, Marcus Harris, Marnus Labuschagne, Steven Smith, Travis Head, Matthew Wade, Tim Paine, Pat Cummins, Mitchell Starc, Nathan Lyon, Josh Hazlewood
Cricket Betting Tips and Match Predictions* - PrePlay
Who will win the toss? - Australia
Who will win? – Australia
Top Batsman (Runs Scored) – Steve Smith (Australia), Joe Root (England)
Top Bowler (Wickets taken) – Pat Cummins (Australia), Jofra Archer (England)
Most Sixes – David Warner (Australia), Ben Stokes (England)
Man of the Match – Steve Smith
Team Scores Batting first – Australia 300+, England 275+
Match Handicap Australia
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*NB these predictions may be changed nearer the start of the match once the final starting teams have been announced and we will be running ‘In–Play’ features, so stay tuned.
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