England vs Australia – The Ashes 5th Test Preview & Prediction

THE FACTS

When is England vs Australia taking place? Thursday 12th September, 11:00 (UK)

Where is England vs Australia taking place? The Oval, London

What is the expected weather for England vs Australia? 27c and sunshine forecast for all five days

What channel is England vs Australia on? The match will be shown live on Sky Sports Cricket

Where can I stream England vs Australia? England vs Australia will be streamed live on the Sky Go app

Where can I get tickets for England vs Australia? Tickets for the match can still be purchased via Stubhub here!

LAST MEETING
Australia beat England by 185 runs

THE TEAM NEWS

ENGLAND

  • Defeat at Old Trafford in the fourth Test match saw England lose the Ashes and go 2-1 down in the series ahead of this final Test but they still have plenty to play for as they can draw the series and earn vital points in the inaugural Test Championship.
  • They have named the same 13 players for this final match at The Oval but they have a fitness doubt over Ben Stokes who is nursing a shoulder problem. Even if he cannot bowl, he will play as a batsman but that would mean another batsman dropping out of the team - likely Jos Buttler or Jason Roy - with either Sam Curran or Chris Woakes coming into the side.
  • There has been some discussion over the future of captain Joe Root and whether he should still lead the team but any change is highly unlikely and Root will be more determined than ever to produce a good performance here as England try to salvage the series.

AUSTRALIA

  • Australia bounced back from the stunning Headingley defeat to beat England at Old Trafford and retain the Ashes, and they will now want to put a seal on the series and earn more points in the Test Championship with a win at The Oval.
  • They have made changes in every Test so far and rotating the bowling attack seems to be a given for them so it would be no surprise to see James Pattinson or possibly Peter Siddle come back into the side for either Mitchell Starc or Josh Hazelwood.
  • The opening partnership with the bat continues to be a major issue for the Australians as David Warner’s struggles continue while Marcus Harris has yet to settle into the role so it would be no surprise if further changes were made with either Usman Khawaja or Cameron Bancroft potentially coming back into the side.

THE PREDICTION

After Ben Stokes’ heroics at Headingley, England came crashing back down to earth at Old Trafford as they could not hold off the rampant Aussie bowling attack for a second time. The tourists have been the better side throughout this series and they will be motivated to ensure they seal the series at The Oval. The weather forecast is good and with the bowlers continuing to dominate, an outcome is extremely likely which removes the draw from the equation. Australia still possess an edge in all areas and they have to be favoured to keep the foot on the gas and pick up another win in this final Test match.

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