Australia at England
|Date & Time||Wednesday September 4, 2019, 6:00 AM (EDT)|
England +105.00 / Australia +149.00 / Draw +300.00
England and Australia will meet at Old Trafford for the 4th Ashes Test match. The series is currently tied at 1-1.
England won the previous match at Headingley after a memorable inning by Ben Stokes. Stokes scored an unbeaten 135. The innings from Ben Stokes is considered by many to be one of the greatest in history and it should mean that the team will be high on confidence as they head into this match. The bowling has been very strong from England this series with Jofra Archer leading the unit exceptionally well. Archer took 8 wickets during the previous match and he has caused big problems for the Australian batsmen. England look confident after their win at Headingley and that will make them tough to beat.
Australia will be boosted by the return of Steve Smith who missed the previous match due to injury. The Australian batting has looked fragile and the inclusion of Smith should add great stability. The bowling has been good from Australia although they bowled poorly in the final innings at Headingley and that may have an impact on the confidence of the bowlers. Nathan Lyon has been especially poor for Australia as he only took 2 wickets in the entire 3rd Test match. Australia will be disheartened following such a dramatic loss in the previous match and it will be important for the team to start this match strongly or things could get ugly.
The pitch at Old Trafford is generally good for batting. It is usually a dry wicket meaning that the ball has the potential to spin in the final few days. In general, teams will look to score big in the first inning as it gets tough to bat near the end of the match.
Looking at all the information, I am going to pick England to win this match. Following their win at Headingley, the team looks confident and the momentum is behind the team. Stokes has been instrumental for England and his confidence is wearing through the other players. I see England having too much for Australia in this match.