The Bellerive Oval in Hobart will host the fifth and final Test of the 2021-22 Ashes on Friday, January 14. It has been hard for England to get going in the ongoing series, having already lost their chance of winning it. But the fact that they drew the New Year's Test at the Sydney Cricket Ground should provide them with a lot of confidence.
After the hosts failed to get their last wicket on the fifth day, the Brits evaded a loss in Sydney. Contributions from Zak Crawley, Ben Stokes, and Jonny Bairstow ensured that the visiting team avoided an embarrassing whitewash. On the other side, there hasn't been much that's gone wrong for Australia in this series, and thus, they are 3-0 ahead.
Although they have dealt with quite a few injuries during their series, they have not let them affect them. Usman Khawaja played his first Test after over two years, and the Australian batsman responded with back-to-back tons, Scott Bolland who came in the second test, scalped 5 wickets in the second innings to win the Boxing day test.
The home team has a positive record in Hobart since they have won nine of 13 games and lost two to New Zealand and South Africa.
Can England do one better and win the final game? Or will Australia finish this series on a high by winning the final match?
Match Toss Time: 14:30 Local (09:00 IST)
Match Start Time: 15:00 Local (09:30 IST)
Match Venue: Bellerive Oval, Hobart
Head to Head
Matches Played: 355, AUS: 149, ENG: 110, Draw: 96
Weather Conditions And Pitch
Back from the brilliant performance of scoring a century in both innings in the last match, Australian skipper Pat Cummins has confirmed Usman Khawaja will partner David Warner in opening the batting for Australia. And the jury is still to make a decision on Scott Bolland who had injured his ribs in Sydney.
There are likely to be a host of changes in the English camp. With the batsmen consistently failing in the series, with the exception of Joe Root. The management will be keen to make some changes in the squad, hoping to end the series on a positive note.
Probable Playing XI
Australia (AUS): Usman Khawaja, David Warner, Marnus Labuschagne, Steve Smith, Travis Head, Cameron Green, Alex Carey (wk), Pat Cummins (c), Mitchell Starc, Nathan Lyon, Scott Boland/Jhye Richardson
England (ENG): Haseeb Hameed, Zak Crawley, Dawid Malan, Joe Root (c), Ben Stokes, Ollie Pope, Sam Billings, Mark Wood, Ollie Robinson, Stuart Broad, Jimmy Anderson
Australian batsmen Marnus Labuschagne and Usman Khawaja are in terrific form and have made a sensational impact in this series. With the former rising to the number one status among batsmen in Test cricket and the latter scoring two hundreds in the match.
English Batsman Joe Root has been the lone warrior fighting the Aussies, Stuart Broad had also impressed in the last match picking up a 5 wicket haul.
AUS v ENG fantasy team
Captain and Vice-Captain picks
With the English showing some form of resistance in the last match. It is yet to be seen if they can salvage that draw and turn it into a win. But given the home advantage and superior form of the Aussies, Producing consistent performances throughout the series, Cricwizz predicts a win for the mighty Australians.
Cricwzz predicts Australia to win the 5th Test and seal the series, 4-0.
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