The fifth and final Ashes Test between Australia and England will commence on January 14 (Friday) at the Bellerive Oval, Hobart. With the series already done and dusted, the visitors will look to end the series with at least one win under their belt.
Australia captain Pat Cummins has revealed Australia will tinker with its opening pair to face England in the 5th and final Ashes Test, with Marcus Harris left out in favour of Usman Khawaja. Travis Head also makes his return after missing the Sydney Test with COVID-19, while the makeup of the bowling attack is yet to be decided.
England, on the other hand, are also likely to make a few changes. Jos Buttler has returned home with an injury that troubled him in the fourth Test. James Anderson, who has played the last three Tests, could miss out with Chris Woakes an option to come in while Haseeb Hameed’s poor form is likely to cost him his place at the top of the order.
Australia vs England, Fifth Test
Venue: Bellerive Oval, Hobart
Date & Time: January 14th, at 09:30 AM IST and 01:30 PM Local Time
The fast-bowlers may find conditions to their liking. There could be some rain around on the first two days but the back-end of the game looks set fair.
Australia vs England – Predicted Playing XI
Australia: David Warner, Usman Khawaja, Marnus Labuschagne, Steven Smith, Travis Head, Cameron Green, Alex Carey (wk), Pat Cummins (c), Mitchell Starc, Scott Boland / Jhye Richardson, Nathan Lyon
England: Haseeb Hameed / Rory Burns, Zak Crawley, Dawid Malan, Joe Root (c), Ben Stokes, Jonny Bairstow, Ollie Pope / Sam Billings, Mark Wood, Stuart Broad, Jack Leach, James Anderson
Fantasy Team Suggestions
Fantasy Team 1: Jonny Bairstow, Joe Root, Ben Stokes, Usman Khawaja, Dawid Malan, Travis Head, Steven Smith (VC), Stuart Broad (C), James Anderson, Nathan Lyon, Mitchell Starc
Fantasy Team 2: Alex Carey, Jonny Bairstow (VC), Joe Root, Ben Stokes, Cameron Green, Steven Smith, Marnus Labuschagne, Usman Khawaja (C), Stuart Broad, James Anderson, Pat Cummins
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