The Ashes 2019 is currently locked at 1-1 after one of the best test matches in the history of cricket.
It has been that kind of a summer of cricket in England where superlatives seem insufficient to describe the kind of performances we have seen.
What is going to be the effect of the dramatic test match on the two teams? Will Australia crumble as they did in 1981 after Ian Botham’s heroics?
Will England be complacent and forget that they were nearly knocked out by an Australian side missing Steve Smith?
The fourth Ashes 2019 test is going to be played at the Emirates Old Trafford, Manchester; a ground where England has dominated all its opponents in the recent past.
There could be some important changes in the playing eleven for both teams and there is a lot to look forward to.
The 4th test match is going to be on the 4th of September 2019.
England come into this fourth Test level in the series after Ben Stokes’ heroics at Headingley saw them miraculously win from what seemed to be an impossible situation and this Ashes series has a completely different complexion to it now.
They have been closely monitoring the fitness of Jimmy Anderson but the pace bowler has suffered a recurrence of his calf injury and has been ruled out.
Somerset’s Craig Overton has been called into the squad but all the signs point towards an unchanged team for this match.
There remain issues with the batting line-up however.
They will make a change to the batting order here with Joe Denly moving up to open the innings with Rory Burns.
Jason Roy will move down to number four in the hope that Roy can find some form once the shine has been taken off the new ball.
Australia were shell shocked after they somehow managed to lose the third Test after being in control of it for long spells especially after they bowled England out for 67 in the first innings.
They then subsequently failed to take several chances to seal the game before Ben Stokes guided England to an unlikely victory.
They have used the gap in between Headingley and Old Trafford to play a warm-up match against Derbyshire while the likes of Harris, Khawaja and Smith were given the opportunity to spend some much-needed time at the crease.
Marcus Harris was one player to take advantage of that match with his fifty and one would expect him to get another chance in this Test, which means Matthew Wade is most likely to make way for returning star man Steve Smith.
The Aussies will have to decide whether to bring Starc or Siddle into the side or keep faith with their bowling attack once again.
England: Rory Burns, Joe Denly, Joe Root (C), Jason Roy, Ben Stokes, Jonny Bairstow (WK), Jos Buttler, Craig Overton, Jofra Archer, Stuart Broad, Jack Leach.
Australia: Marcus Harris, David Warner, Marnus Labuschagne, Steve Smith, Travis Head, Tim Paine (C) (WK), Matthew Wade, Pat Cummins, Mitchell Starc, Nathan Lyon, Josh Hazlewood.
Australia has proved itself to be the better team in this series. The conditions should be a bit easier for the batsmen and the return of Steve Smith is a very big boost too.
England comes into the match with renewed spirits but they cannot hope for a Ben Stokes miracle in every single game.
Team Cricwizz predicts that Australia would beat England at Old Trafford and retain the Ashes.