England must be thrilled with yet another series victory over India at home. Firstly, they whitewashed India in 2011 and then sealed another series in 2014; both in the leadership of MS Dhoni. On this tour, the side was much more balanced under Virat Kohli’s captaincy but the script didn’t change this time as well.
Kohli’s army would be looking to end the series on a good note by winning the last Test match at the iconic Kennington Oval. Here’s the prediction:
Experienced pace attack – James Anderson and Stuart Broad have been the pillars of the side from the last 8-10 years. They are still the best in their own business. While Anderson is getting better and better every day, Broad is enjoying troubling Indian players with his outswingers.
Spinners on a roll – Spin has always been a strength for the Indians but this time, due to some damage done by Moeen Ali, it fell in England’s category. Ali picked up 9 wickets in the previous game and could also be handy with the bat as well. Meanwhile, Adil Rashid is another fine spinner who has been supportive from the other end.
Alastair Cook’s last Test – This would surely be an emotional outing for England players as their star cricketer has decided to hang his boots after this Test. The game is not going to be easy for them because of the last Test of Alastair Cook. English men would like to give him a perfect farewell.
Lost batting touch – Batting has been a major concern for England these days. Openers including Cook and Jennings have been ordinary so far while middle-order has not shown any improvement at all. Apart from Sam Curran and Jos Buttler a bit, none of the batsmen has performed well in the series.
Deadly pace-attack – Although some fans might find this strength as a surprising one in India’s list but that’s the truth. Speedsters including Mohammad Shami, Ishant Sharma, and Jasprit Bumrah have given away their everything to achieve victory but problem rose from the other department. In the 5th Test as well, fans can expect some good show from the pace battery of India.
Pujara power – Pujara was dropped from the 1st Test but sooner the skipper realised his importance in the line-up. He smashed a solid hundred in the previous Test to give a perfect reply to his critics. The No.3 batsman remained unbeaten till the end and made us remember the legend Rahul Dravid.
Wicket-keeping woes – Both Rishabh Pant and Dinesh Karthik have been tried so far but none of them could make an impact in these conditions. Chances of Pant for the last Test are quite less as once again Karthik could be the keeper because of his experience.
Irresponsible openers – Dhawan and Rahul have been slammed by the fans because of their poor show while Murali Vijay has lost his touch as well. It won’t be wrong to consider openers as one of the foremost reasons behind India’s disaster.
Possible XI of India: Shikhar Dhawan, Prithvi Shaw, Cheteshwar Pujara, Virat Kohli(c), Ajinkya Rahane, Dinesh Karthik, Hardik Pandya, Ravichandran Ashwin, Ishant Sharma, Mohammad Shami, Jasprit Bumrah
Possible XI of England: Joe Root(c), Moeen Ali, James Anderson, Jonny Bairstow, Stuart Broad, Jos Buttler, Alastair Cook, Sam Curran, Keaton Jennings, Ollie Pope, Adil Rashid, Ben Stokes, Chris Woakes
Cricwizz Prediction – It’s simple this time! Bat well and win the match! England might take it 4-1.
What’s your prediction?
Who will win the 5th Test at The Oval?
- England (54%, 31 Votes)
- India (46%, 26 Votes)
Total Voters: 57