England vs Australia Ashes Fifth Test Tips - Home team likely to finish strong
- England vs Australia Ashes Fifth Test predictions to be played at the Kennington Oval in London starting on Thursday afternoon, IST
- England have won 4 of their last 5 Tests at this venue
- The hosts have avoided defeat in 11 of their last 13 Tests against Australia at this venue
- Steve Smith has 3 scores of at least 100 in his 7 Test innings at this venue
- Can England end the series on a high and avenge the Ashes loss?
Can Steve Smith recreate his Oval magic and help Australia win the Ashes and not just retain? (Getty Images)
England vs Australia Ashes Fifth Test
The Ashes are retained by Australia after rain helped them in Manchester in the fourth Test. Yet, there would be more than just the World Test Championship points at stake in the final Test with Australia leading 2-1. The eternal rivals close out the series with the fifth and final Test at the Kennington Oval starting on Thursday.
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It has been a massive series for both teams with excellent cricket played all over. Had it not been for rain in the fourth Test, England may have been 2-2 heading into this game. They looked impressive as the series progressed and will relish the chance of denting Australia’s hopes of winning the Ashes and keeping them at ‘retaining’ the Ashes. I am backing England on the Double Chance once again.
- England have won 4 of their last 5 matches at this venue (Tests)
- At this venue, England have avoided defeat against Australia in 11 of the last 13 matches (Tests)
- Australia have lost 4 and drew one of their 5 away matches playing without Nathan Lyon since his debut (Tests)
- Zak Crawley has scored at least 44 in 4 of his last 7 innings (Test)
- Steve Smith has 3 scores of 100 or more in his last 7 innings at this venue (Test)
Head to Head
After the fourth Test, England have played Australia in 360 Tests. Of these, England have won 111, and Australia have won 152. The remaining 97 matches ended in a draw.
It was Manchester’s rain that robbed England of their chances to stay alive, but they had no one else to blame. The first two Tests could have gone their way but sloppy cricket stopped the Three Lions.
Batting has been a worry, with the inconsistencies, but Zak Crawley (385 runs, Avg. 55) has been a revelation. With the middle-order not quite living up to the expectations, his runs could once prove pivotal.
With the ball, Stuart Broad (18 wickets) has made up for the lack of impact from James Anderson. It is the duo of Mark Wood (11) and Chris Woakes (12) who have made a difference in the last couple of games, though.
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Anderson’s place will be under threat looking at how ineffective he has been. Fitness issues of Wood and Woakes will be keenly watched with Josh Tongue and Ollie Robinson waiting in the wings.
Australia heaved a sigh of relief as they looked in trouble at 214 for 5 in the second innings at Manchester. While they have already retained the urn, winning the series will be paramount as captain Pat Cummins has reiterated.
Quashing the rumours, David Warner has mentioned that he wouldn’t retire although his series numbers (201 runs, Avg. 25.12) have been unimpressive. Usman Khawaja (377 runs) thankfully has been having a great series.
The troika of pacers Cummins (16), Mitchell Starc (15) and Josh Hazlewood (13) have been at the forefront for the Aussies.
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Australia could revert to Todd Murphy which puts a question mark on Cameron Green’s place in the side. Michael Neser could be up for a game if one of the main pacers is not fully fit.
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This England vs Australia Ashes Fifth Test will be played at the Kennington Oval in London from July 27, Thursday starting at 3:30pm IST.
As the series winds down, both teams will look for one final hurrah. Crucial WTC points are on the line while both teams wouldn’t want to let their rivals have the final laugh.
I am backing England to continue their momentum and come out trumps in this match. A double chance on them looks fairly lucrative. The Oval has been Steven Smith’s happy hunting ground and could continue his love affair with a fifty.
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