Having retained the Ashes urn for the first time in 18 years on English soil, Australia will now be eyeing series win when they take on host England in the fifth and final Ashes Test that starts tomorrow in The Oval.
Australia has dominated in each and every Test but the batting is carried solely by Steve Smith with some support from Marnus Labuschange. Openers David Warner and Marcus Harris are struggling to reach even in double digits and Travis Head, Matthew Wade and Tim Paine too have been disappointing. Though they have one more opportunity to make their marks.
In the bowling, Pat Cummins and Josh Hazlewood have been amazing with Mitchell Starc and Nathan Lyon providing great support. Australia has rotated their pace attack throughout the series and someone can be rested for either James Pattinson or Peter Siddle.
On the other hand, England must be gutted with their performance as they fell flat in each Test except that individual brilliance from Ben Stokes. England has been let down by their batsmen as Joe Denly, Joe Root, Jason Roy, Jonny Bairstow, and Jos Buttler all failed to convert their starts into big knocks. They need to step up in a unit otherwise it will be very difficult for England to beat this inform Australian side.
In the bowling, Stuart Broad and Jofra Archer have done well so far but they too need support from other bowlers which wasn't there in the previous Test.
All the major stats and facts ahead of the fifth and final Ashes Test between England and Australia in The Oval
Head to Head -
|Venue||Test||Won by ENG||Won by AUS||Tied||Drawn|
At Kennington Oval, London -
Tests - 37, Eng won - 16, AUS won - 7, Drawn - 14
inns & 46 runs - Australia beat England by an innings and 46 runs when the last time they played an Ashes Test at Kennington Oval in London in 2015.
35 - Joe Root needs 35 more runs to complete 7000 runs in Test cricket.
50 - Pat Cummins needs 3 more wickets to complete 50 Ashes wickets. He has taken 47 wickets in 9 Ashes Tests so far.
671 - Steve Smith has scored 671 runs at an average of 134.20 in 5 innings with 3 hundreds and 2 fifties in this Ashes series so far.
2001 - Australia hasn't won an Ashes series in England since 2001.
4000 - Jonny Bairstow needs 16 more runs to achieve the milestone of 4000 Test runs.
7000 - Steve Smith needs 130 more runs to achieve the milestone of 7000 Test runs.