- Australia are leading the Ashes 2023 series by 2-1.
- Visitors aim for first series win in England since 2001.
The highly anticipated fifth and final match of the Ashes 2023 is just around the corner, scheduled to take place on July 27 at the historic Kennington Oval in London. England enter the contest as slight favorites with odds of 2.34 to win the match.
Australian team is not to be underestimated, holding the Ashes after a draw in the previous match at Manchester. Though the series outcome is determined, both teams have plenty to play for, as England aims to draw the series and Australia seeks a coveted series victory on English soil. Australia have 2.64 odds to win this match.
Australia have never won a series in England since 2001, something they’ll want to change at The Oval. They also have the upper hand in recent head-to-head encounters but in England, and with the momentum the hosts have, it won’t be an easy task.
England has enjoyed the upper hand in winning all four tosses in this Ashes series. However, the conditions are likely to be overcast, enticing both teams to capitalize on the early opportunities. Considering the circumstances, our prediction leans towards Australia winning the toss and opting to bowl first.
The Kennington Oval traditionally presents a good batting surface, with an average first-innings score of 312. As the match progresses, the pitch tends to favor the spinners, resulting in a lower average second innings score of 262.
Pitch and conditions
While the Oval has been known for batting-friendly conditions, the twists and turns of the series so far suggest that surprises may be in store. The weather could influence the pitch, making it favorable for the seamers initially and bringing the spinners into action during the last two days.
Players to keep an eye on…
Zak Crawley, Ben Duckett, Moeen Ali, Joe Root, Harry Brook, Ben Stokes (c), Jonny Bairstow (wk), Chris Woakes, Mark Wood, Stuart Broad, Ollie Robinson
Usman Khawaja, David Warner, Marnus Labuschagne, Steven Smith, Travis Head, Mitch Marsh, Alex Carey (wk), Pat Cummins (c), Mitchell Starc, Todd Murphy, Josh Hazlewood
Marnus Labuschagne: Marnus Labuschagne, who showcased his brilliance with a remarkable century in the second innings at Old Trafford, remains a pivotal figure for Australia.
Mark Wood: Mark Wood’s standout performance in the third Test, where he secured seven wickets and made crucial contributions with the bat, makes him a key player to watch for England.
While Australia is likely to introduce their spinner, England has proven their adaptability in the last two Tests. Nevertheless, Australia boasts a reliable batting unit and a potent bowling attack, making them strong contenders for the final match. Hence, our prediction leans towards Australia clinching the victory.
Our pick: Back Australia at 2.64 to win this one!
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