England vs Australia fifth Test starts today. After defeating hosts England by 185 runs in the fourth Test match, the Australian team will seek history in the Ashes series by winning. England won the third Test in a thrilling one-wicket, but lost the fourth Test by 185 runs. After this defeat, the hosts are now trailing 1-2 in the series and will have to try to match the series 2-2 by winning the fifth match.
England have made two changes to the team for this match. The hosts have included all-rounders Chris Woakes and Sam Curren in the playing XI, replacing opener Jason Roy and Craig Overton. The England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) said on Wednesday that Ben Stokes, who is suffering from a shoulder injury, will play as a batsman. The Volks were part of the English team in the first three matches of the series, while 21-year-old Curren will play in the Ashes for the first time. This will be the last match of host England coach Trevor Bellis with the team and the team would like to bid farewell to their coach.
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England’s team would like their batsmen to perform well in this match. Ben Stokes certainly played a match-winning innings at Headingley, but he injured his shoulder in his 11th over in the fourth match. After that he did not come to bowl in Australia’s second innings.
Host England’s main pyre is to stop Steven Smith, who is in superb form. Smith has scored 680 runs in the series so far with the help of three centuries and two half-centuries. Smith has so far contributed to Australia’s 2–1 lead.
On the other hand, the Australian team has its eyes set on creating history by winning the Ashes series for the first time on England soil since 2001. The visiting team’s fast bowling attack has done well so far and they would like to continue it at the Oval. The team’s fast bowler Pat Cummins has played in all the matches of this series and he is also scheduled to play in it. Coach Justin Langer has already said that his team would like to win the series 3–1.
David Warner continued form for Australia is a matter of concern. Warner has scored only 79 runs in the series so far. Fast bowler Stuart Broad has dismissed him several times. However, despite Warner poor form, coach longer has supported him.
Australia have included all-rounder Mitchell Marsh in their 12-man squad for this match. Marsh has been selected in the team in place of Travis Head. Marsh has not played a single match for Australia since December 2018. Captain Tim Paine gave this information at a press conference on the eve of the match. He is not playing Travis because we felt the need for an extra bowler.
Australia: Tim Paine (captain / wicketkeeper), Steven Smith, David Warner, Marcus Harris, Marnus Labuschen, Mitchell Marsh, Matthew Wade, Pat Cummins, Peter Siddle, Mitchell Starc, Nathan Lyon, Josh Hazlewood.
England: Joe Root (captain), Rory Burns, Joe Denley, Sam Curren, Ben Stokes, Johnny Bairstow (wicketkeeper), Jose Butler, Chris Woakes, Joffra Archer, Stuart Broad, Jack Leach.
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