England Make Changes As They Try To Win Fifth Ashes Test
Before the 5 match Ashes Test cricket series could start, the bookies had England as the favourite to win the Ashes. There were huge expectations on England after they won the 2019 ICC World Cup. Sadly, England did not live up to those expectations and have already conceded the Ashes Test 1-2 to Australia.
The fifth Test at the Oval, which starts on 12 September, is a chance for them to level the series and give their fans something to cheer about. Australia is the betting favourites going in with odds of 1.95 to England’s 2.50. The odds of a draw are currently at 6.80.
England Make Two Changes
Although the series scoreline reads 2-1 in favour of Australia, it should be 3-0 if it wasn’t for a superhuman effort by Ben Stokes and a few blunders from Australia in the third Test. England has not performed as well as they have liked and that is primarily because their batting let them down big time.
The fifth Test is also another opportunity for their batsmen to put their hand up and deliver as another failure for some of the batsmen could result in the axe following. J Roy has failed in all four Tests and the experiment to push him down to number four in the last Test also yielded poor results. Roy whose average in the series is 13.75 will not get the opportunity to play on his home ground.
J Butler and J Bairstow have disappointed after both batsmen were expected to hold the middle-order together. Butler averages 16.25 and Bairstow has done a little better with an average of 25.42. If they don’t get a big score in the fifth Test, it is quite possible that either one or both of them could end up losing their place in the Test squad.
England have decided to play B Stokes as a batsman for the fifth Test as Stokes is battling a shoulder injury. The selectors have decided to bring back C Woakes in place of C Overton and replace J Roy with young S Curran.
Australia Decide To Drop Their Vice-Captain
Australian captain Tim Paine made it clear that they weren’t considering the fifth Test as a dead rubber. The Aussies are eager to win and finish with a 3-1 scoreline and impose their dominance.
All eyes will be on S Smith and D Warner in the final Test as Smith has been outstanding scoring 671 runs in just 3 matches at an average of 134.20. Warner has had a series he will want to forget quickly scoring just 79 runs at an average of 9.87. However, Warner isn’t getting dropped. Instead, Australia decided to drop their vice-captain T Head. They will replace him with all-rounder M Marsh who is expected to ease the workload on the Aussie fast bowlers.
There is talk that Australia might consider resting Pat Cummins who has been the pick of the Aussie bowlers all summer. Cummins has had a huge workload and Australia want to make sure that he does not burn himself out or injuries himself now that they have won the Ashes.
They have selected P Siddle as the 12th man which means Siddle could either come in for Cummins or for M Starc. P Cummins will surely want to play as he is the leading wicket-taker with 24 wickets and he will want to push that tally up to 30 if possible. Cummins who has suffered after injuries at the start of the career will also want the accomplishment of playing in all 5 Tests and proving to himself and the selectors that he can get the job done.