The Ashes 5th Test Prediction, Preview, and Odds (July 27-31)
- Final test between Australia and England will be staged at the Oval
- Aussies have held on to the Urn after holding on for a draw in the fourth test
There will not be a winner-take-all showdown in the Ashes this week, as the fourth test draw means that Australia has held on to the prized Urn. However, England will be looking for another dominant performance to ensure that the Aussies can’t celebrate a first series win on English soil in over 20 years.
How To Watch
- When: Thursday, July 27, 2023- Monday, July 31, 2023
- Where: Oval, London, England
- How To Watch: Willow TV
Australia has managed to hold on to the Ashes this summer, as the visitors held on to a draw in the fourth test. The tie means that England are now unable to regain the Ashes, much to the frustration of the home fans, who saw almost the entirety of days four and five washed out at Old Trafford due to rain. England had been in a dominant position to secure victory after scoring 592 in their first innings.
However, they were never given the time on the field to take the remaining five wickets that they required to set up a grandstand finish in the fifth test. Pat Cummins welcomed the rain, as he admitted that an Australian victory in the fourth test was exceptionally unlikely following a dominant England performance with the bat.
Frustrations were evidentially high within the England ranks on Sunday, as the whole day was washed away due to the typical Manchester rainy weather. The decision from Ben Stokes to bowl after winning the toss was a masterstroke, as the hosts scored a stunning 592 in record time. Zak Crawley was an inspiration with 189, while Jonny Bairstow answered his critics with an impressive 99 runs from just 81 balls.
Josh Hazlewood was the Australian leading bowler, as he took five wickets. England would have been aware that they needed to get Australia out quickly, and they took four wickets in the first afternoon on Friday. Marnus Labuschagne was dismissed on Saturday afternoon, but the hosts never had the opportunity to finish the job.
The Ashes 5th Test Prediction
England was robbed of victory in the fourth test, as they dominated with bat and ball, only to fall victim to the weather. Confidence within the camp will be high ahead of the final test, and we could see the hosts getting the victory that they deserve to end the series level.