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The Ashes 5Th Test: Australia vs England :Jan 4-8,2018 at Sydney

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Aus vs Eng

Starts at 05:00 AM IST (23:30 GMT), January 4-8,2018 at Sydney.

Preview by Rob Johnston
The final Test of this series may be another dead rubber but the tenacity shown by both teams at the MCG in the previous match proved that there is no such as letting up in an Ashes series. Australia may have already regained the famous urn but this Test will be just as keenly fought as any of the previous four.

Neither side should lack for motivation in Sydney, either. England will want to leave Australia with at least one Test win to show for their efforts while Australia have a tour of South Africa coming up and will want to head there having beaten the old enemy 4-0. Individuals on both sides - Cameron Bancroft and Usman Khawaja for Australia and Mark Stoneman and James Vince for England - are also fighting for their future. It all adds up to an intriguing contest.

England are in far better spirits this week after a vastly improved showing in Melbourne and the dreaded whitewash avoided. Yes, the MCG pitch was placid and devoid of any pace and bounce but the tourists played far better and a number of players, including Alastair Cook and Stuart Broad, returned to form. It was a performance of character and if they replicate that sort of showing at the SCG, a victory is not out of the question.

Australia will have other ideas, of course. Beating any side with Steve Smith in it at the moment continues to be one of the most difficult tasks in cricket given his outstanding, remarkable form with the bat. After more than 600 runs in the series, England still haven't found a way of getting Smith out. The home side's attack, which may comprise of four New South Welshman, should also find conditions far more to their liking at the SCG than was the case in Melbourne.

It is for those reasons that Australia probably enter the match, the tenth 'Pink Test' in aid of the McGrath Foundation, as favourites for victory. They also have a great recent record at the SCG, having lost just one of the last 16 Tests at the venue. That was to England in 2010/11 but Australia have won four of six matches in Sydney since then. Last year, they thumped Pakistan by 220 runs here.

Where: Sydney Cricket Ground, Sydney

When: Thursday January 4, 2017

What to expect: Although the SCG has a reputation for a turning pitch - Australia played two spinners in the last two Tests here - the early indications are that this surface may be more helpful for the seamers which should mean one spinner only per team. The forecast is for hot but changeable weather with cloud and rain forecast at various stages of the match.

Teams:

Australia

Australia have left-arm spinner Ashton Agar in their squad but they are unlikely to play him given the expected conditions. Mitchell Starc returns to the side after recovering from a foot injury which caused him to miss the fourth Test and he will replace Jackson Bird who had such a tough time at the MCG.

England

England have handed leg-spinner Mason Crane his Test debut in place of Chris Woakes who has been ruled out on the eve of the game following a scan on his left side. This allows both horribly out-of-form Moeen Ali, and Tom Curran, who made his debut in the Boxing Day Test, to retain their spots in the eleven.

What they said

"I'm not worried about Mo. He's a fine player and I'm sure he'll play a lot more cricket for England. Over the summer he was one of the most instrumental parts of our team with bat and ball. He has struggled a bit on this trip but, technically I don't think there's a huge amount he needs to work on. When someone is going through a tough period it's important as a squad that you remember how valuable he has been and what he's capable of doing." - Joe Root

"It's been a good series personally for me but also the team as well. I think we've played some really good cricket, so it'd be great to end this series with a 4-0 win but we've still got a hard five days in front of us." - Steve Smith

Teams:

Australia (From): Cameron Bancroft, David Warner, Usman Khawaja, Steven Smith(c), Shaun Marsh, Mitchell Marsh, Tim Paine(w), Pat Cummins, Jackson Bird, Josh Hazlewood, Nathan Lyon, Peter Handscomb, Mitchell Starc, Ashton Agar

 

England (From): Alastair Cook, Mark Stoneman, James Vince, Joe Root(c), Dawid Malan, Jonny Bairstow(w), Moeen Ali, Tom Curran, Mason Crane, Stuart Broad, James Anderson, Gary Ballance, Ben Foakes, Jake Ball

 
 
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   

 

 

   
   
   
   

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   

 

 

   
   
   
   

 

 

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Sorry to say English bowler Woakes out of Sydney test with side strain.Curator expect Sydney tracks help to spinners.

 

 Mason Crane  most likely to be début for tomorrows test but England misses out both Woakes and Overton.

 

Mitchell Starc will return in Home team squad.Aus includes Ashton Agar ( number 11 with 98 on début test) but he is most unlikely to selects in 11 member team.

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Nearly over, thank heavens.

 

Starc back so Aus will win. Crane to at worst "do a Kerrigan" or at best put in a solid but unspectacular Curran-like performance without showing any signs that he'll ever be Test quality. 

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3 hours ago, YCCC said:

Nearly over, thank heavens.

 

Starc back so Aus will win. Crane to at worst "do a Kerrigan" or at best put in a solid but unspectacular Curran-like performance without showing any signs that he'll ever be Test quality. 

I feel for the English fans :giggle:

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England won toss they opt to bats first after early lunch was taken after Rain God win 

much Of morning session

 

Crane  Debut  here because Some turn for spinner according to Curator 

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8 minutes ago, maniac said:

What the hell...this crane has a bowling average of 44 in fc and 30 in List A??? 

 

How did he make it???

 

not even an allrounder...almost tailendersque batting stats.

Better than nothing because Woakes/ Overton injured.20 years old  spinner crane debut first time in 90 years 

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Cummins removed stoneman but Cook stubborn  28 not out of 83. He need 16 more for 12000 Test runs 

 

eng 7for 1 ( Vince need to play big innings today to consolidate his place in English team : 24 not out ) 

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28 minutes ago, wanted_desi said:

No Hotspot,No UltraEdge, ball was 50/50 pitching outside leg, didnt even take a close look. Decision was right at end although. 

was a clear cut decision,good that the 3rd umpire didnt waste any time 

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Root is Root @ run machine mostly among runs but his conversion rate poor 23.87% out of 65 Test 36 scores of 50 

if he  convert in 100 at least 8 more he must be next to smith now average wise

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19 hours ago, CoverDrive said:

Starc clearly not 100% in this match

If Ashton Agar selects he could be trump card in English second innings.i witness his 98 on his debut, still world record by number 11 batsman .

 

eversince Starc re-return he is not same bowler but yet he took 20 ashes wickets in 4 tests vs Cummins 20 in 5 Test

 

anyway mo departs off Cummins for 30 

eng 7 down

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34 minutes ago, Laaloo said:

That was amateur 10 minutes from Australia. 2 easy dropped catches but ali is rubbish and gets out anyways.

Curran did (39) his job , push  English score from 251/ 6 to 336 for 7 

poor Fielding by Australia as Broad joins the party with 28 ball 29 not out 

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 Lyon’s (1 for 86) first in 2018, Broad gone for 31 

346 for 9 good score from  251/ 6 

 

congratulation cummins for more wickets in,On -going Ashes

england 346 all out 

crane run out 4 

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6 minutes ago, SK_IH said:

UNBELIEVABLE,we are witnessing one of the bonafide greatest

Yup, just want him to have another breakout year and he will be compared to immortality level of Bradman. Mother of all comparison. Have to admire him as a cricket fan. 

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3 minutes ago, Shunya said:

Yup, just want him to have another breakout year and he will be compared to immortality level of Bradman. Mother of all comparison. Have to admire him as a cricket fan. 

Bhai maaf kar, next year we are touring there. You pray for his breakout year when Pakistan tour down under. 

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5 minutes ago, Gollum said:

Bhai maaf kar, next year we are touring there. You pray for his breakout year when Pakistan tour down under. 

he scored truckloads against Pakistani last year,iss saal angrez aur agle saal  hamari baari hai :bow:

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6 minutes ago, Gollum said:

Bhai maaf kar, next year we are touring there. You pray for his breakout year when Pakistan tour down under. 

Are chinta mat kar. Smith is a genius batsman, but his team is full of S.h.i.t  Plus he is going to crumble as captain sooner or later.

We are winning away series leg this time around. Our team is ready for it.

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46 minutes ago, Gollum said:

Bradman is out of reach but all other batting records are in danger. 

Any records before 1972 not really compares with others because THOSE DAYS they keep playing even after 90 overs never change ball after 80 overs.Test matches were time less,5 day game continues till 7/8 days ( 1948 ind vs eng test produced 588 runs a day Indian opener scored 190 for 0 after tea in England) 

 

LBW rules were much more easy going than what we can see now Hobbs after the age of 37 scored 100 Century in domestic,Matches continued on wet wickets that is why past bowler took 2000 wickets easily in their FC career 

 

bradman was great but you know he only played in Eng and Aus 

Do you think if he bats in Asia he ends his career with 99.94 average .? No way

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2 hours ago, Chalks said:

I ••••ing hate Steve Smith, but the reality is he’s a million miles ahead of everybody else.

I still maintain that just like previous visit. he will look like top grade failure when he cimes to England. There is no alternative to technique

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