About the Match
Australia has already won the Ashes series by taking a 3-0 lead against England and it was an emotional victory as the team regained the Urn after 4 years. This win is just the beginning for this revived team that has seen a major boost in confidence during this series whereas England is struggling to come to terms with performance failures, retirement and injury issues that they will surely find answers to before the remaining tests. Both teams will be looking to bring out their best and it will be interesting to see if England can win the 4th test to regain their honor or once again end up on the losing side.
With Graeme Swann announcing his retirement mid-way of the Ashes, England is faced with the dilemma of filling his shoes with a quality spinner. Scott Borthwick and James Tredwell will be included in the squad for the remaining matches to provide the spin attack and are expected to do well. In the 3rd test, Broad took 3 wickets while Swann and Anderson took 2 wickets each in the 1st innings to restrict the Aussies to 385 runs but the batsmen failed to rise up to the challenge and were all out for 251. In the 2nd innings, it was Bresnan and Stokes who took 2 wickets each, however too many runs were given away and the team facing a target of 504 runs, collapsed with Cook getting out for a duck in the very first over. Though Stokes battled hard, scoring 120 runs off 195 deliveries and Bell along with Pietersen tried to build a strong partnership, the rest of the team succumbed to pressure and were all-out for 353 runs. The team needs to rise above its problems and redeem themselves in the 4th test.
The Aussies won the 3rd test by 150 runs and brought the Ashes title back home after four long years; their complete dominance over England has been a major morale boost and the team is all set to give a blitzing performance in the 4th test as well. While Steven Smith posted 111 runs in the first innings of the 3rd test, in the 2nd innings both Warner and Watson got their centuries to take a massive lead of 504 runs. Harris and Siddle struck to take 3 wickets each in regular intervals and with good support from Johnson, Watson and Lyon, the bowling unit restricted England to 251 runs in the 1st innings; Johnson came back in the 2nd innings to claim 4 wickets while Lyon claimed 3 wickets to demolish the English batting line-up for 353 runs. Though the remaining matches are just a formality, the team will try its best to make a clean sweep here by winning them convincingly.
Australia is riding high with confidence and renewed spirit after winning the Ashes series while England is eager to fight for a face-saving win here. England will try its best to win the remaining matches; however, the Aussie attack which is on its peak at the moment will make it difficult for the visitors to do so and it looks a win for the home team once again.
Australia, 1.67 @ William Hill