After the weather stopped England from most likely winning the 4th Ashes test, all roads lead to The Oval for the final Ashes test match this summer. With the draw in the 4th Ashes test, Australia will hold onto the urn as they can’t be beat in the series.
For England, the failure to win one of the first two test matches has resulted in them being in the position of going into the final test match, knowing a win will only tie the Ashes series at 2-2, rather than give them a chance to win the series.
The 4th Ashes test saw England’s Zak Crawley score 189 in England’s first innings to give England their highest first innings score of 592 and the Aussie bowlers looked tired and not at the races as Crawley put on a super performance.
The loss of Nathan Lyon has been a big blow for Australia and they have been too reliant on Starc, Hazelwood and Cummins and this showed as England were able to put up a big first innings score, after Australia scored 317.
Marnus Labuschagne was a very important player for Australia in the 4th test as looking back, he helped them secure the draw as his 111 in the 2nd innings enabled Australia to stay in the game, when England were looking to capitalize and bowl Australia out before the weather turned bad.
Australia put up a good tally in the first innings of 317 with Mitchell Marsh and Marnus Labuschagne both scoring 51 runs and this respectable score was well and truly beaten by England, who will take confidence going into the final test, after notching up 592, with Jonny Bairstow scoring his highest knock of the test series with 99 not out.
Bowling wise for England, Wood, Broad and Woakes are a strong force and it was the later in Woakes who managed to get 5 wickets in the Australia first innings. He will be relishing the final test at The Oval to add to his tally of wickets in the series as England will look to finish the Ashes in style and level up the series 2-2.
With all the momentum, the capacity crowd will be looking for England to put on a show as the Aussies know they have retained the Ashes, so have some comfort in that.
With Australia guaranteed to retaining the Ashes as they can’t be beat in the Ashes series, the ambition to win this test match isn’t as great as England, who will be looking to level the series with a dominant display at The Oval.
Australia looked a little tired in their bowling and England can once again capitalize on this and should the weather hold out then 13/10 with Bet365 for England to win the 5th Ashes Test is our bet of the day.