ENG vs AUS Match Preview

Zak Crawley was brilliant at Old Trafford, playing a blistering knock of 189 runs to set the tone for a big total. He is now the leading run-scorer of the tournament and will look to continue with the good form. The same however cannot be said about his opening partner, Ben Duckett, who has lacked consistency.

England will rely on its strong middle order to once again take them to a big total. Ben Stokes, Harry Brook, Joe Root, and Johnny Bairstow have stuck to their attacking style of batting and reaped the benefits. Coming to the bowling, James Anderson hasn’t been in the best of forms, picking up just 4 wickets in 3 matches.

However, he is unlikely to be replaced as this might be his last Ashes Test on English soil. Stuart Broad has been brilliant so far, picking up 18 wickets, and will be supported by Chris Woakes and Mark Wood.

Moeen Ali will lead the spin attack, with Joe Root filling in at the other end. 

Australia was completely dominated by the opposition in the last match, and if not for the weather, could have very well lost the match. David Warner’s performance hasn’t been up to the mark on this tour and we expect his struggles to continue.

Usman Khawaja, who is the top run-getter for Australia, was dismissed cheaply in both innings at Old Trafford. Steve Smith too has lacked consistency. In such a scenario, there will be added pressure on Mitch Marsh, Marnus Labuschagne, and Travis Head to play a big inning.

As expected, the pace attack has been the biggest strength for the visitors on this tour. Pat Cummins, Mitchell Starc, and Josh Hazlewood are the top wicket-takers for Australia in that order. However, they will need to find a way to combat the `Bazball´ approach and dry up the runs to put England’s batting under pressure.

There are indications that Todd Murphy will be back in the playing eleven and so one out of Cameron Green or Mitchell Marsh might find themselves out of the lineup. 


Weather Report

There is a forecast for rain throughout this week and we might see some delays due to that. 

Pitch Report

The surface at the Kennington Oval is one of the more batting-friendly wickets in England. The average first-inning score here is around 350. That said, the quicker bowlers will get some assistance, especially if the weather remains overcast. The spinners will come into action in the final two days. Anything over 200 will be difficult to chase here in the 4th inning.

Notable stats

Mitchell Starc: Back to his Best

Mitchell Starc has been one of the key bowlers for Australia on this tour. He has picked up 15 wickets in 3 matches and has an excellent strike rate of 37.40.

Team News

There are no updates regarding injuries from either side. 


ENG vs AUS Probable 11

ENG Playing 11

  • Ben Duckett
  • Zak Crawley
  • Johnny Bairstow (Wk)
  • Ben Stokes (C)
  • Joe Root
  • Harry Brook
  • Stuart Broad
  • Moeen Ali
  • James Anderson
  • Chris Woakes
  • Mark Wood

AUS Playing 11

  • Usman Khawaja
  • David Warner
  • Steve Smith
  • Travis Head
  • Mitch Marsh
  • Marnus Labuschagne
  • Alex Carey (Wk)
  • Pat Cummins (C)
  • Mitchell Starc
  • Josh Hazlewood
  • Cameron Green
This is not the official playing 11 for the match. This is a prediction of the expected playing 11 for each team based on the writers analysis.

Dream11 Prediction

We are backing a draw for this match. While England has been the better team over the last two matches, and we do expect them to come out all guns blazing for this fixture, the weather is once again expected to play a big role in the outcome of the match by causing delays. 


Top Picks

Joe Root: Root has a good record at the Oval, where he has scored 672 runs at an average of 44.80. He also has the knack for picking up wickets at key junctures in the match.

Stuart Broad: Broad is the leading wicket-taker of the tournament with 18 wickets. He has an impressive economy rate of 3.57 runs per over and his strike rate is good too, at 47.80.

Steve Smith: Smith scored a century in his previous appearance on this ground and enjoys an excellent average of 91.00 in his 7 innings at the Oval. 


ENG vs AUS Dream11 Team 1

Keeper: J Bairstow

Batters: J Root (C), S Smith, T Head, Z Crawley

All-rounders: B Stokes, M Ali, M Marsh (VC)

Bowlers: P Cummins, S Broad, M Starc

ENG vs AUS Dream11 Prediction - OCB Team Prediction