When Pat Cummins hit that boundary to win the first Ashes Test match for his team and made a roaring statement, everyone associated with the sport of cricket knew that this series was going to be something special.
And the next two Test matches did not disappoint. Ben Stokes nearly pulled off a miracle chase at Lord’s in the second test, but Josh Hazelwood ensured there was no repeat of Headingley 2019. The third test was very crucial for the home team and stepped up their new star, Mark Wood, who showed what raw pace can do on a dead pitch and did some fireworks with the bat as well.
Now, the scenario is that we go into the fourth Test match of this series with Australia 2-1 up and one win or draw away from retaining the Ashes away from home. If not the most crucial, Old Trafford is going to host one of the most crucial matches in the history of English cricket. The top bookmakers in India have amazing Ashes odds with them.
The Brits need to win this match at any cost to keep the hopes of making a comeback in the Ashes alive, which will be remembered for a long time. It would require a special effort from England to win this Test match against Australia, who are still looking determined to win the Ashes away from home.
England to win the fourth Test match
The betting tip is...
Joe Root to score 49.5 runs in the first innings
While announcing the playing 11 for the third test, Stokes said that he wanted Jimmy Anderson to run in full flow from the James Anderson End at Old Trafford, and hence he was rested at Leeds. We expect him to replace Ollie Robinson in this Test. England might also rope in 18-year-old Rehan Ahmed in place of Moeen Ali to throw a surprise on their opponents. The other players are expected to keep their spots on the team.
James Anderson to replace Ollie Robinson for the fourth Test.
Predicted Lineup: Zak Crawley, Ben Duckett, Harry Brook, Joe Root, Jonny Bairstow (wk), Ben Stokes (c), Moeen Ali/Rehan Ahmed, Chris Woakes, Mark Wood, Stuart Broad, and James Anderson
The Kangaroos have some serious selection dilemmas going into the fourth Test match. Cameron Green missed the third test due to a slight injury, but his replacement scored a century, which means Mitchell Marsh is likely to keep his place in the team. But with the kind of skill set Green brings to the team, he might actually open the inning, replacing David Warner.
Josh Hazelwood will replace Scott Boland in the playing 11 for sure.
Predicted Lineup: Usman Khwaja, David Warner/Cameron Green, Marnus Labuschagne, Steve Smith, Mitchell Marsh, Travis Head, Alex Carey (wk), Pat Cummins (c), Mitchell Starc, Todd Murphy, and Josh Hazelwood
The first two test matches were won by Australia, whereas the third Test was won by England. All the matches have gone right down to the wire, and this one is expected to be the same. Some showers are expected in the match, and hence it might get difficult to get a result. We predict England to continue their comeback in the series and level it at 2-2, so we have a grand match scheduled to be played at The Oval after this one.