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Ashes 2015: England focuses on 4-1 win over vulnerable Australia

381   //    20 Aug 2015, 23:45 IST
Team England at the Oval during their practice session

Australia have already lost the Ashes 'urn' and will be playing for pride in the last Test match against England at the Oval. The home team regained the Ashes after they defeated the visitors in the 4th Test at Trent Bridge by an innings and 78 runs; they are leading 3-1 and will be eager to finish the proceedings by going 4-1 up in the five-match series.

Alastair Cook's team humiliated Australia in the previous Test when they bowled out Michael Clarke's army for just 60 runs in the first innings. Stuart Broad took the honours in that collapse as he picked 8 wickets by giving away just 15 runs.

The final Ashes Test will mark Australian opener Chris Rogers and skipper Clarke's farewell to international cricket. They won't want to bid adieu with a loss in the last test and will come strongly at England to save their pride.

James Anderson will not be taking part in the Test as he is yet to recover from his waist side injury. England might stay unchanged for the final Test as they haven't really faced any problem yet beside their opener Adam Lyth who is struggling to get runs on the board. On the other hand, Pat Cummins is all set to replace the young Josh Hazlewood in the Australian side for the final go.

England have never won four Tests in a home Ashes series. If they successfully do so, then this can certainly be called revenge for the 5-0 whitewash they faced in Australia 2 years back.

Probable teams

ENGLAND XI: Alastair Cook (Captain), Adam Lyth, Ian Bell, Joe Root, Jonathan Bairstow, Ben Stokes, Jos Buttler (Wicket-keeper), Moeen Ali, Stuart Broad, Mark Wood, Steven Finn

AUSTRALIA XI: David Warner, Chris Rogers, Steven Smith, Michael Clarke (Captain), Adam Voges, Mitchell Marsh, Peter Nevill (Wicket-keeper), Mitchell Johnson, Mitchell Starc, Pat Cummins, Nathan Lyon

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