Host England face an uphill battle against in-form Australia at The Oval!
Our Prediction is Australia to win the match!
Host England will be looking to level the series when they take on Australia in the fifth and final Ashes Test at Kennington Oval in London on Thursday.
England captain Joe Root will be hoping that the side can make a strong comeback with bat and ball in order to level the five-match Test series at The Oval. The home side has announced unchanged squad for the final game of the Ashes series.
On the other hand, Tim Paine and co. will be delighted to win the game at Manchester. With this result, they have managed to retain the Ashes and will be focused to win the final game at The Oval.
Joe Root-led unit will need to put in an improved batting performance in this game. The batting department has been England’s weakness so far in this Ashes series. The home side hasn’t been able to produce big totals on the board. Opening batsman Rory Burns has produced runs for the side at the top of the innings. He batted well and scored 81 off 185 balls with the help of nine boundaries. In the second innings, he perished for a duck to see England in a spot of bother while trying to save the game at Manchester.
England captain Joe Root has delivered runs in patches and will need to produce a big score in this final game of the Ashes series. In the previous game, he looked in good touch with the bat and scored 71 off 168 balls with the help of 10 boundaries. In the second innings, Root was dismissed for a first-ball duck by Pat Cummins. With 247 runs in four games played, Root will be looking to finish the Ashes series with a big inning for England at The Oval.
All-rounder Ben Stokes failed to replicate his batting heroics from Headingley Test. Left-hander produced scores of 26 and 1 in the fourth Ashes Test played at Old Trafford in Manchester. He will be looking to produce something special with bat and ball to help level the series at The Oval. Jason Roy and Jonny Bairstow have not delivered runs in this Ashes series. Roy is currently averaging 13.75 with the bat and has looked susceptible against the new-ball. He needs to work on his technique in order to retain his place in the playing XI. Jos Buttler certainly looked much better with the bat in the fourth Test played at Manchester. He scored runs in the previous game and was willing to stay at the crease for long periods. Craig Overton might be dropped from the side as Chris Woakes will be slotted into the playing XI.
The team management will rue the fact they dropped Woakes for the fourth Ashes Test at Manchester. In the bowling department, the onus will be on the likes of Stuart Broad and Jofra Archer to make early breakthroughs with the new ball. Stuart Broad has bowled well throughout Ashes series and has picked up 19 wickets in 4 matches at an average of 26.63. He will be looking to put in a big effort and help England square the series at The Oval. Rookie pacer Jofra Archer has impressed everyone with his consistency to land the ball in the right areas. He has claimed 16 wickets in 3 matches at an average of 19.87. The team management will be hoping that Archer can come up with something special in this final game of the series. Left-arm spinner Jack Leach bowled and picked up wickets in the game played at Manchester.
Rory Burns, Joe Denly, Joe Root (captain), Jason Roy, Ben Stokes, Jonny Bairstow (wk), Jos Buttler, Jofra Archer, Chris Woakes Stuart Broad, Jack Leach
Jonny Bairstow, Joe Root, Jofra Chioke Archer, Jack Leach, CR Woakes, Stuart Broad, Jos Buttler, Sam Curran, Ben Stokes, Rory Burns, Joe Denly
Tim Paine and co. registered a comprehensive 185-run win over England at Manchester, courtesy splendid performances from Steven Smith, Pat Cummins and Josh Hazlewood. With this result, Australia has taken a 2-1 lead in the five-match Test series. The only worry for Australia has been lack of runs from the opening pair of Marcus Harris and David Warner. The biggest disappointment has been the poor form of Warner, who has scored only 79 runs in 8 innings at an average of 9.87. Despite scoring a half-century at Headingley, he has looked clueless against the moving ball and will need to come up with better plans against the likes of Stuart Broad and Jofra Archer.
His opening partner, Marcus Harris, has not looked convincing against the new-ball. He will need to spend time at the crease to produce runs with the bat in the final game of the series at The Oval. Marnus Labuschagne has shown his class and caliber in trying to score runs in tough conditions. He put on a crucial partnership with Steven Smith to see Australia post a competitive score on the board in their first innings at Manchester. Labuschagne has scored 291 runs in 3 Test matches at an average of 58.20 with four half-centuries to his name. Certainly, his inclusion has bolstered the batting resources for Australia during the Ashes series. He will be determined to produce a big score for the side and help Australia win the Ashes series in England since 2001.
Steven Smith has been in phenomenal form with the bat against England so far in the Ashes series. With 671 runs in 3 matches, Smith has looked unstoppable and would be keen to continue his rich vein of form with the bat in the final game of the series at The Oval. Travis Head and Matthew Wade contributed with crucial scores for the side in this game. The duo will be keen to deliver decent scores in the final game of the Ashes series. Captain Tim Paine found a form with the bat in the previous game played at Manchester. He put on a 145-run partnership with Steven Smith to see Australia declare their first innings at 497 for 8 after 126 overs. Paine scored his first half-century of the Ashes series and seemed to have found his fluency with the bat.
In the bowling department, the new ball pair of Pat Cummins and Josh Hazlewood will be looking to provide crucial breakthroughs in this game. Pace bowler Pat Cummins has been standout bowler so far in this Ashes series and claimed 24 wickets at an average of 17.41. He will be looking to maintain his intensity and make early inroads with the new ball. His new-ball partner, Josh Hazlewood, has been scintillating, to say the least, and produced excellent spells for Australia. He has picked up 18 wickets in 3 Test matches at an average of 16.88. Mitchell Starc bowled well for Australia in the previous game played at Manchester. Off-spinner Nathan Lyon also picked up crucial wickets for the side in the previous game.
David Warner, Marcus Harris, Marnus Labuschagne, Steven Smith, Travis Head, Matthew Wade, Tim Paine (captain & wk), Pat Cummins, Mitchell Starc, Nathan Lyon, Josh Hazlewood
Tim Paine, Marcus Harris, Pat Cummins, Marnus Labuschagne, Nathan Lyon, Peter Siddle, Matthew Wade, Steven Smith, David Warner, Mitchell Marsh, Josh Hazlewood
Traditionally, Kennington Oval generally favors the batsmen rather than bowlers. The weather forecast for the game to be played on Thursday is going to be bright and sunny.
The side that wins the toss would be looking to bat first and put runs on the board. Kennington Oval in London is going to host the fifth and final Ashes Test between England and Australia. The home side will take heart from the fact they have a good record against Australia at this venue. On the other hand, Australia registered a comprehensive win over England in a Test match played here in 2015.
Based on current form, Australia will be outright favorites to win this game against England. With Steven Smith in scintillating form with the bat, Australia will be hard to beat in this game. On the other hand, England will need to produce something special with the bat in order to level the five-match Test series.
Our winning prediction for the day is: Expect Australia to clinch the Test series at The Oval.