About the Match
After so much of high profile drama, we are now into the fifth and final Ashes test which will be the last chance for Australia to earn a little of their lost pride. The last Ashes Test starts on 21st August 2013 at The Oval at 10:00am GMT. England are 3-0 up in the series, but no respite is expected of them as far as their team selection is concerned. The Kangaroos have given good fight in the series, but have always been on the receiving end of the luck. This series has offered plenty of thrill and entertainment for the fans and nothing less is expected when the two teams meet for one last time in an Ashes Test this year.
As was predicted long before the series started, the English team has gained unbeatable advantage in the series and will be looking to make it 4-0. England looked in deep trouble in the last game, but some heroics by Stuart Broad took them to a comfortable victory in the end. Every English batsman has got some runs barring Matt Prior. They’ve bowled as a unit with Swann and Anderson doing most of the damage in first three tests and Broad joining the party in fourth test. Onions might get a chance to play in the final test, but other than that, they are expected to come out with a same squad and would surely be tough to beat.
Australians haven’t played as badly as the score line suggests, but there were a few bad sessions which cost them the game. Aussies looked competitive in all games except the second and lost by a narrow margin on each occasion. The main problem for this condition of there is their batting which has succumbed under pressure more often than not. Usman Khwaja and Travis Bird are expected to make way for James Faulkner and Mitchell Starc. The Kangaroos didn’t do badly in their practice game against Lions and their bowlers performed particularly well. If their bowlers continue their good form and their batsmen perform as they’ve done in past and in domestic games, Australians can really trouble the hosts.
Although the score-line of the series is three games to nil in favor of England, it hasn’t been as one-sided as it suggests. Australians have pushed England in every game except the second test, but have ended up on the losing side. England is expected to come out with the same lineup whereas the visitors have already made clear that there would be a few surprises as far as team selection is concerned. Can the change in personnel bring change to their fate as well? Aussies may have not done as badly, but their performance was certainly not good enough to challenge the home team. Alastair Cook is still undefeated as a captain and Aussies will really have to work hard to bring an end to that. Keeping recent form and team combination, I’m once again tempted to with England.
England, 2.05 @ Bet365
The Australians batting hasn’t fired in the tournament, but their openers have done reasonably well. More often than not, their openers have provided them with a solid opening stand. In last test, their Warner and Rogers laid a perfect platform to chase a massive total on which middle order failed to capitalize. With both David Warner and Chris Rogers looking in good touch, I expect Australia to get off to a good batting start once again in the series.
Fall Of 1st Australia Wicket:
Over 28.5, 1.83 @ William Hill