Kia Oval, London
September 12th, 2019
3:30 PM IST
England and Australia face each other in the fifth and final Ashes Test of the English summer at the Kia Oval, starting this Thursday. While the Australians have already ensured that the urn stays with them, England looks to salvage some pride and level the series in London. Steve Smith has been the difference between the two sides with the English bowlers clueless on how to get the former Aussie out quickly. With the weather also being on the brighter side, another enthralling Test beckons with a lot at stake for both nations in terms of pride in this game
Seamers and spinners should feel at home with friendly conditions favouring them in London. Although there isn’t as much swing, the bowlers should be crucial to the outcome of this match. Batsmen will have to work hard for their runs on a pitch that could be perfect for what has been a highly entertaining Ashes series.
The weather forecast looks promising with no rain on the cards for the entire duration of the tests. New ball bowlers should be supported by the overcast conditions in the afternoon after which the spinners should come into play.
Injuries: No injury concerns were reported from the Australian roster with Ben Stokes being the only concern for England although he is in the squad for the final Test
Craig Overton and Jason Roy make way for Chris Woakes and Sam Curran, whose left-arm pace could add another dimension in the English bowling unit. Although Ben Stokes injured his right shoulder at Old Trafford, he should feature at least as a specialist batsman. He is their top scorer in the series with 354 runs and two centuries to his name as well. Jofra Archer is another such player to watch out for after a no-show in the previous game.
Rory Burns, Joe Denly, Joe Root, Jonny Bairstow, Ben Stokes, Jos Buttler, Sam Curran, Chris Woakes, Jofra Archer, Stuart Broad and Jack Leach
Australia does not have any cause for concern to change any personnel for this game. Although they have retained the urn, they should go all out to ensure a series win with Steve Smith in the form of his life. He has already scored 671 runs in just five innings with Marnus Labuschagne and Matthew Wade also playing their part. The onus will be on Pat Cummins and Josh Hazlewood to deliver the goods once again with 42 wickets among themselves in the series.
David Warner, Marcus Harris, Marnus Labuschagne, Steven Smith, Mitchell Marsh, Matthew Wade, Tim Paine, Pat Cummins, Josh Hazlewood, Nathan Lyon and Mitchell Starc
1. Steve Smith
2. Pat Cummins
3. Joe Root
Fantasy Team & Point Projections
Jonny Bairstow, Points: 19-21, Grade: B
Matthew Wade, Points: 20-22, Grade: A
Joe Root, Points: 28-30, Grade: A
Marcus Harris, Points: 22-24, Grade: A
Steve Smith, Points: 30-32, Grade: A
Marnus Labschagne, Points: 18-20, Grade: B
Rory Burns, Points: 24-26, Grade: A
Jofra Archer, Points: 22-24, Grade: A
Stuart Broad, Points: 20-22, Grade: A
Pat Cummins, Points: 28-30, Grade: A
Nathan Lyon, Points: 18-20, Grade: B
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