About the Match
Australia will play for its pride in the 5th Test at London, after losing the Investec Test series 3-1 to England; the final match is set to begin on 20th August as the Aussie captain Michael Clarke prepares for his final game before retirement and will try to wipe out the terrible memories from this tour with a fighting performance. England is jubilant after complete annihilation of the Aussies and will surge forward to lift the Ashes trophy on a winning note. Fans will hope that both sides will put up a tough contest as the Ashes come to an end here at London.
Finn was awarded the player of the match for his astounding 6-wicket haul that demolished the Aussie batting line-up in the 2nd innings; he claimed 2 wickets in the firstly innings, providing able support to Jimmy Anderson, who took a superb 6-47 that left Australia all-out for just 136. Both bowlers are performing well and will be the pillars to the attack going forward; Stuart Broad, Ali and Ben Stokes bring in variety and will be raring to go to annihilate the visitors yet again.
Joe Root and Ian Bell delivered with the bat, both scoring half-centuries in the first innings while the latter made a remarkable unbeaten 65 off 90 in the second to take the team to victory on the 3rd day itself. Cook, Ali and Broad came good with the willow but the others will have to pull up their socks in the upcoming match.
Bowling looks excellent and they will need to strike as early as possible if Australia bats first; the middle order needs to come out all guns blazing if they want to repeat the winning performance.
Michael Clarke retires after the Ashes and this will definitely motivate the Aussies to give him a memorable farewell with a win in the final test; although he is in poor form, he will definitely give a good fight and lift the spirits of his mates.
It was the worst performance against in the 4th test as they succumbed to the lowest total of 60 runs in the first innings. Chris Rogers, who too retires after this series, David Warner, Shaun Marsh, Steve Smith and Adam Voges surrendered in a humiliating way; they will try to make amends in the upcoming match. Warner, Voges and Rogers made up up for the poor show with well-made half centuries each but the others failed to recover; the batsmen must come out with better determination on the field if they want to earn back their pride.
Hazlewood has been ruled out and might be replaced by Pat Cummins or Siddle in the next match while Mitchell Marsh also could re-enter the team. Mitchell Starc continued his brilliance with the ball as he took 6 wickets in the 4th test; along with experienced players like Johnson, the bowlers will be determined to challenge the English.
The Aussies will be inspired to do well in spite of the horrifying series defeat but England with a rejuvenated spirit and in-form players, looks better placed to win the match