England vs Australia, 5th Test Match Prediction2019-09-13
Kennington Oval, London, England
?Australia lead by 8-7 the Kennington Oval and a 15-18 overall series record in England.
?Two of the fab four are reaching their 7000 run club, Root needing 35 more and Smith needing 130 more.
?Warner dismissed 11 times by Broad so far, 6 times this series with 3 consecutive ducks.
?Smith has 671 runs from 5 innings at an average of 134.20.
CRICBETTINGBUZZ PREDICTION: Australia to win the match!
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Australia is going to take that little urn back with them but there is plenty in store for this 5th Ashes Test. After a cliff hanger in Leeds where Ben Stokes crushed Aussie souls and thereby keeping the ashes hopes alive by a mammoth 135 and 76- run partnership with Leach, the tournament had its next stop at old Trafford. Their star player, Smith was back in the mix for Aussies, but England is going to participate in a home series without Anderson.
Australia opted to bat on a day where dark clouds, gusty winds, and spells of rain showed up more than bat and ball. Broad struck immediately in the limited playing hours removing both leftie openers to reduce Australia for 28/2. Then came the master and with his disciple, they stitched a 120-run partnership swinging the momentum. A Jaffa to remove Marnus for 67 from Overton, but the genius held his ground as he saw his partners Head and Wade brain fade against the English attack. Skipper Paine built himself a small hut (58 runs), but a monument was being constructed at the other end. At last, Smith got himself out for an epic 211. Starc and Lyon added quick runs and the declaration came at 497/8. After early wickets of Denly and Overton, Burns and Skipper Root defied the Aussie attack testing their patience with a 141-run partnership. Finally, Hazlewood breached their resistance and picked both and with Roy’s wicket, he finished with a 4-for. Cummins and Starc made short work of their lower-middle order and tail taking 3 wickets each, restricting England to 301. The second passage started for Aussies in a similar fashion as Broad saw the back of Warner and Harris again. Archer added steam by stopping Labuschagne to reach his 5th consecutive fifty and bowled Head with 92mph delivery. Again, there was that quirky who showed up a new avatar, playing all the shots which were not in the textbook for a 92-ball 82. Wade and Paine added quick runs and a target of 383 was set. Cummins for all his hard work in the first innings was rewarded immediately with a leading edge of Burns and a dream delivery to Root. England 3rd wicket pair again frustrated the Aussies and this time it was Cummins turn as he removed Roy for his highest score in the series for 31 and a key wicket of Stokes. Bairstow fell to Starc again for 25 and just when Aussies were trying to wrap this up, the lower order stretched. Hazlewood broke through the defense of Butler who batted for 111 balls. Leach and Overton took the match to last 15 overs and the vigilance finally ended when Paine finally threw the dice to Labuschagne. The Last rites were done by Hazlewood as he removed Overton to take a crucial 2-1 lead.
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The Ashes is not going to stay with them, but they still have the 18-year-old history to protect. They should come out of the Roy strategies and leave him for shorter formats. Denly and Burns performed individually but the management wants to end their team’s opening woes with a good start. With Stokes selected only as a batsman in the team, it is time for their lucky charm Sam Curran to bring his Midas touch. Butler showed character in the last game but Bairstow’s form is a worry. Broad and Archer have done the bulk of wicket-taking with 35 wickets, but they need to find ways to remove Smith for 2-2 result.
Joe Root: The skipper needs to step up and convert his starts into big one to have any remote chance. He has 2 centuries in Oval, the most recent being the 125 against India in 2018.
Rory Burns: He has looked the solid player so far for England in this series. A debut ashes series with 323 runs and still a match to go, Burns would love to fill the big void left by Cook.
Jonny Bairstow, Joe Root, Jofra Chioke Archer, Jack Leach, CR Woakes, Stuart Broad, Jos Buttler, Sam Curran, Ben Stokes, Rory Burns, Joe Denly
Rory Burns, Joe Denly, Joe Root(C), Jason Roy, Ben Stokes, Bairstow (Wk), Jos Butler, Sam Curran, Jofra Archer, Stuart Broad, Jack Leach
The story so far in these 4 matches have been Steve smith and their bowlers, with a little bit of Labuschagne. They won`t mind if this plot continues but would love to see their openers bat out the opening spells of Broad and Archer. Lower middle-order needs to convert their starts and not to throw their wickets away. Aussie will stick to the same pace attack and Paine will hope they take them to the gates of glory.
Steven Smith: He is not an artist in batting, but he is the best version of unorthodox batting generations have seen. With crowd boos to a standing ovation, commentators praise and media hype, he has left them all unaffected scripting a fairy tale for himself in this second innings.
Pat Cummins: From being a bowler prone to injury, now running 20 overs through all his innings, this man has grown leaps and bounds. Leading the chart with 24 wickets has gone unnoticed with smith’s brilliance.
Tim Paine, Marcus Harris, Pat Cummins, Marnus Labuschagne, Nathan Lyon, Peter Siddle, Matthew Wade, Steven Smith, David Warner, Mitchell Marsh, Josh Hazlewood
David Warner, Marcus Harris, Marnus Labuschagne, Steve Smith, Travis Head, Mathew Wade, Tim Paine (C & Wk), Pat Cummins, Mitch Starc, Nathan Lyon, Josh Hazlewood.
The first ground to host an international test cricket in 1880, so far has hosted 101 matches second only to Lords. The best batting wicket to bat in England so far has held its reputation of being a batting paradise. Weather will stay clear to produce a result.
A typical subcontinent like pitch, which will make every team to bat first and leave the fourth innings to spinners.
With World number 1 batsman and bowler in their side, Australia has much lesser things to worry. Barring 5 sessions Aussies have outplayed England in all departments in this series. The celebration went deep into the nights at Old Trafford, hope the team which showed up in the first 4 tests turn up again to make them a memorable 3-1.
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