Australia powered to a 185-run win over England at Manchester to take a 2-1 lead in the Ashes. Regardless of the result in the final match, the urn is now safely in Australia’s grasp. However, both sides will target a win in the fifth Test at Kennington Oval.
A win will give Australia an outright Ashes win in England. This is something they haven’t achieved since 2001. For England, it will be a consolation if they can avert the series loss. Regardless of what happens, this series will remain in the memory as one of the best.
The hosts will look back at the series as a lost opportunity. Inconsistent batting and over-dependence on individual performances has let England down. Only Rory Burns and Ben Stokes have been able to lead with impressive performances.
With the ball, Stuart Broad has enjoyed a stellar series. He will hope to end on a high note, as will be Jofra Archer. All-rounders Sam Curran and Chris Woakes are set to feature, and could be interesting fantasy picks.
It has been Steve Smith’s Ashes for the visitors, who has been leading the show. With 671 runs and an average of 134.20, he is a must pick for your fantasy side. The likes of Warner and Harris have struggled and picking them comes with a big risk.
Bowlers have been rotated, with Pat Cummins (24 wickets) leading the way. Peter Siddle could slot back into the side at the expense of Mitchell Starc. The addition of Mitchell Marsh could be an interesting choice for your fantasy side. Considering his all-round abilities, keep an eye on his returns.
Fantasy Players to Watch
Sam Curran makes his anticipated return to the side. He has shown his worth with all-round performances against India. He can be an interesting addition to your fantasy side.
Steve Smith has 671 runs in the series and looks hungry for more. He has two centuries at this venue in two visits.
Mitchell Marsh hasn’t played a game this series. However, his all-round skills make him an underdog pick for your fantasy side.
England: 1 Rory Burns 2 Joe Denly 3 Joe Root (C) 4 Ben Stokes 5 Jonny Bairstow (WK) 6 Jos Buttler 7 Chris Woakes 8 Sam Curran 9 Jofra Archer 10 Chris Broad 11 Jack Leach
Australia: 1 Marcus Harris 2 David Warner 3 Marnus Labuschagne 4 Steve Smith 5 Matthew Wade 6 Mitchell Marsh 7 Tim Paine (C & WK) 8 Pat Cummins 9 Josh Hazlewood 10 Peter Siddle 11 Nathan Lyon
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