Australia vs. England
|Date & Time||Thursday September 12, 2019, 6:00 AM (EDT)|
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The final Ashes Test match between Australia and England is set to take place at the Oval in London. Australia lead the series 2-1.
The previous test at Old Trafford displayed exceptional cricket with Australia showing their superiority. Steve Smith was exceptional as he scored close to 300 runs in the match. Australia scored 497 runs in the opening innings and that was enough for the team to secure the advantage in the match. The bowling was also exceptional from Australia as Pat Cummins proved his worth by taking 7 wickets in the match. Josh Hazlewood was also exceptional as he took 6 wickets. With the Ashes retained, Australia will be entering this match filled with confidence and their players in good form.
In comparison, England will be shattered having failed to retain the Ashes at home. The performance at Old Trafford was poor, especially in the opening few days as they allowed Australia to score too many runs. Jofra Archer looked fatigued while the likes of Craig Overton and Jack Leech looked poor. Stuart Broad has been the only bowler for England to trouble the Australians but he has not had enough support. The batting has been very poor from England with Joe Root hugely responsible. Root has consistently failed with the bat and that has prevented the team from competing. With the series decided, I see England making some big changes for this match.
The pitch at the Oval is known to be good for batting. With the English summer almost over, the weather could be potentially problematic but London should be warm enough to allow a full match.
Taking everything into consideration, I am going to pick Australia to win this match. Following the loss at Old Trafford, England look lost and I don’t see the team having enough motivation to compete with the Ashes lost. Australia have looked the better team all series and I see them finishing their tour with a win.