Ashes 2019 fifth Test preview: England vs. Australia
Ashes 2019 fifth Test preview: England vs. Australia

Match details:

Series/tournament name: Ashes 2019

Venue: The Oval

Date: 12 September, 2019

Time: 3:30 p.m. IST

Preview:

England and Australia will battle it out in the fifth and final Test of the 2019 Ashes series at the Oval, starting from Thursday. The home side will come in the match low on confidence after a defeat in the fourth Test and will be eager to turn things around in London. On the other hand, after retaining the Ashes, Australia will now be looking to seal the series win with another impressive performance.

Weather report: The weather is expected to stay fine throughout the match.

Pitch report: Pitch is expected to be a good one for batting where spinners will come into play from third day onwards.

Injuries and replacement:

Ben Stokes' shoulder isn't serious enough to keep him out of the squad, but may prevent him from bowling in the fifth and final Test.

Probable Playing XI:

England:

Despite losing the fourth Test handsomely, no major changes in the team are expected. In the batting department, the home team will be relying on the likes of captain Joe Root, opener Joe Denly and all-rounder Ben Stokes to score bulk of the runs, whereas on the bowling front, the onus will be on the likes of pacers Jofra Archer, Stuart Broad and left-arm spinner Jack Leach to provide breakthroughs when needed.

Rory Burns, Joe Denly, Joe Root (C), Jason Roy, Ben Stokes, Jonny Bairstow

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Azeem Siddiqui
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