Who Will Win England vs Australia 5th Test, Ashes 2019?
Australia have retained the Ashes urn for the first time in England since 2001 after thrashing the hosts by 185 runs in the fourth test at Manchester. Australia's victory has taken some shine off the remainder of the series as the fate of the trophy has already been decided. However, both the teams have plenty to play for as the series is still undecided. With the visitors 2-1 ahead, the home team will need nothing less than a win in the final test to square the series and salvage their pride. The Aussies have clearly been the dominant side on this tour in all departments and it remains to be seen whether Joe Root and company can rise from the setback and finish the series on a high.
England and Australia will now lock horns for one final time in this Ashes series. The fifth test is scheduled to get underway from September 12 at the Kennington Oval in London. Live telecast will begin at 11 AM local time each day of the match.
ENG vs AUS, 5th Test: Where to watch/Live streaming
TV channels: Sky Sports Cricket, Now TV, Fox Sports, Channel 7, Sony Six
Live Streaming: Bet365, Sky Go, SonyLIV
ENG vs AUS Weather Report
The skies are likely to remain clear on all five days of this test match. A pleasant weather can be expected each day with plenty of sunshine and a little breeze. Temperature is expected to be between 19 and 21 degrees Celsius on the opening day.
ENG vs AUS Pitch Condition
The pitch at the Kennington Oval generally tends to be the best for batting during the first couple of days of a test match. The surface starts to deteriorate thereafter and offers more assistance to the bowlers. 349 is the average score at this ground in the first innings.
ENG vs AUS Toss Prediction
At this ground, the success rate of the side batting first is higher than that of the side batting second in the game's longest format. Three of the last four tests played here have been won by the side batting first and since bowlers tend to get more threatening as the game progresses, the toss-winning captain is more likely to bat first.
Read on for team previews, betting odds, betting tips and predictions for England vs Australia 5th Test, Ashes 2019...
England Team News & Playing 11
ENG Team News
Despite the massive defeat at Manchester, England have named an unchanged 13-man squad for this fifth Ashes test. Ben Stokes' fitness is a big concern for the home team heading into the series finale. The all-rounder picked up a shoulder injury in the last game and it remains to be seen whether he will be fit enough to bowl at the Oval. If not, then Stokes will play only as a specialist batsman and the team will have to rope in a seam bowling option in Sam Curran or Chris Woakes. Jason Roy, who has averaged only 13 in the series, will probably make way for one of these two all-rounders in that case. England may even consider playing both Curran and Woakes by dropping fast bowling all-rounder Craig Overton.
ENG Key Players
Rory Burns: The left-handed opening batsman is one of the leading run-scorers in this series with 323 runs which includes a century and a couple of half-centuries. Burns is averaging a little over 40 and played an impressive knock of 81 in the first innings of the previous test.
Joe Root: The England skipper has cracked three fifties in this Ashes series - 57 in the first test at Birmingham, 77 in the third at Leeds followed by 71 last time out at Manchester. Root has scored the most runs for the team from the current squad at the Oval in tests - 514 runs at an average of 51.40.
Stuart Broad: In the absence of James Anderson, the onus has been on him to provide the early breakthroughs with the new ball. The fast bowler is the second-highest wicket-taker in the series having taken 19 wickets, five of which were picked in the last match. Broad has 30 wickets in 11 tests at the Oval and he even has a fifer here.
ENG Recent Form
England have not been as consistent in this format this year as they were last year. They have now lost their fourth test out of the eight they have played so far since the start of 2019. After a Ben Stokes' special helped the hosts secure an improbable victory in the third test at Leeds, they suffered a massive 185-run defeat to Australia last time out at Manchester. While England's bowlers had a tough time in the first innings, their batsmen surrendered to the quality bowling by the Aussie quicks in the fourth innings.
England Predicted Playing 11
Rory Burns, Joe Denly, Joe Root (c), Ben Stokes, Jonny Bairstow (wk), Jos Buttler, Sam Curran, Chris Woakes, Jofra Archer, Stuart Broad, Jack Leach
Australia Team News & Playing 11
AUS Team News
Australia have retained their 17-man squad for this fifth Ashes test match. Unlike the home team, none of their players have been reported to be injured and we expect them to go into this game with an unchanged line-up, especially after their resounding win at Manchester. David Warner’s form at the top of the order is a major concern for the Aussies but the selectors might want to stick with him.
AUS Key Players
Steven Smith: The former Australia captain has been on fire all through this Ashes 2019 series. He is way ahead of all the other batsmen on the runs charts having scored 671 runs at an exceptional average of 134.20. Smith has clubbed three hundreds (including the double ton in the last match) and two half-centuries in the series despite having missed the third test at Leeds.
Pat Cummins: The right-arm fast bowler has tormented the English batsmen on this tour with his pace and swing and he is likely to give them a hard time at the Oval as well. Cummins has been the best bowler in the series with 24 wickets and is coming off a match haul of seven wickets.
Marnus Labuschagne: With 291 runs and averaging 58.20, he is among the leading run-getters in the series and is doing a fine job for Australia batting at number three. Labuschagne has smashed four half-centuries in the three matches that he has played. He scored 67 in the first innings of the last test and will look to continue his rich vein of form.
AUS Recent Form
After suffering plenty of test defeats last year, it seems Australia are now starting to tighten their grip in this format. The Aussies have now won four and lost only one out of the seven test matches they have played this year. They carried out a 2-0 drubbing of Sri Lanka at home earlier in the year and now find themselves in a position from where they cannot possibly lose the ongoing Ashes series. After the heartbreaking loss at Leeds, Australia have shown a lot of character in making a strong comeback and registering a crushing win in the last game.
Australia Predicted Playing 11
David Warner, Marcus Harris, Marnus Labuschagne, Steven Smith, Travis Head, Matthew Wade, Tim Paine (c/wk), Pat Cummins, Mitchell Starc, Nathan Lyon, Josh Hazlewood
England vs Australia Head to Head
With that 185-run win at the Old Trafford, Australia now have a 146-109 advantage over England in the game's longest format. 95 of the 350 test matches played between these two countries have ended in stalemates.
Australia now have seven wins, a couple of draws and only one loss in their previous ten test encounters against England.
The two teams have played 37 test matches against each other at the Kennington Oval. England have won 16 of those and Australia just 7 while the remaining 14 have all resulted in draws.
ENG vs AUS Head to Head Stats
England vs Australia Betting Odds
Australia, after their dominating victory in the fourth test, are favorites to win the final match of the Ashes 2019 at 2 with Betway and 2.05 with Bet365 and 10CRIC. England find themselves as the underdogs amongst the bookmakers and the home team is being offered at a slightly higher price of 2.40 on Betway and 2.50 on Bet365 and 10CRIC. A drawn test stands at 5.90 with 10CRIC and 6 with Betway and Bet365.
England vs Australia Prediction
Australia are over the moon at the moment after having retained the Ashes urn in England for the first time in 18 years. They have clearly looked the better of the two sides in this series in all departments of the game and they will be coming into this fifth and final test with momentum on their side. England's batting was a big let down last time and their batsmen will need to show much better application at the Oval. Pressure too is going to be a lot more on the hosts as they need to win this match at all costs in order to avoid a series defeat. The Aussies last won a test series in England way back in 2001 and we expect them to repeat that feat in London and take the Ashes 3-1.