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Ashes 2019: England vs Australia, 5th Test: Dream11 Fantasy Cricket Tips – Playing XI, Pitch Report & Injury Update

Making Steve Smith captain is a no-brainer.

Joe Root speaks to Matthew Wade
Joe Root speaks to Matthew Wade. (Photo by John Walton/PA Images via Getty Images)

Match Details:

The 5th game of the Ashes Test Series 2019 will be played between Australia and England at the Kennington Oval in London.

The match starts at 11:00 AM local time (3:30 PM IST) (10:00 AM GMT).

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Preview

After the 4th Ashes Test, the Englishmen have lost their chance to regain the urn. Currently, they are lagging by 2-1 and now they have only one chance to draw the series by winning the last showdown at the Oval. Australia successfully turned the tables towards them after a huge disappointment at the Headingley.

England has lost their chance to regain the Ashes despite playing at home and now they will look to topple the Kangaroos in the final face-off. They have brought back Sam Curran and Chris Woakes at the expense of Craig Overton and Jason Roy. Steve Smith has severely dominated in this series with the bat and the bowlers are yet to find a way to get him out early.


Weather Report

The weather for the Test looks appropriate with no forecast of rain to come as a roadblock during the match in the upcoming 5 days. The temperature is expected to be within 22 to 25 Degree Celsius which is nominal as far as cricket is concerned. The clouds and sun will remain in a tussle to outclass each other during the match.

Pitch Conditions

The Oval pitch is quite good to bat on. It’s got a little bit more carry, pace, and bounce than the normal wicket. If the England vs India game is considered at the venue last year, it was a featherbed for the batsmen. And if the conditions remain dry, the reverse swing could come into play.

Average first innings score: 328 (Last five Tests at the venue)

Average second innings score: 329 (Last five Tests at the venue)

Average third innings score: 274 (Last five Tests at the venue)


Playing XIs:

England

Rory Burns, Joe Denly, Joe Root (C), Ben Stokes, Jonny Bairstow (WK), Jos Buttler, Chris Woakes, Sam Curran, Jofra Archer, Jack Leach, Stuart Broad.

Bench- Jason Roy, Craig Overton.

Australia

David Warner, Marcus Harris, Marnus Labuschagne, Steve Smith, Matthew Wade, Mitchell Marsh, Tim Paine (C & WK), Pat Cummins, Mitchell Starc, Josh Hazlewood, Nathan Lyon.

Bench: Peter Siddle, James Pattinson, Usman Khawaja, Travis Head, Michael Neser.

Team News

Ben Stokes has injured his shoulder and is likely to play this match as a specialist batsman.


Top Picks

Steve Smith is currently the leading scorer out of both the teams with 671 runs under his belt and he will look to bolster every chance to end this series on a high note in the final Test match of the series.

Jofra Archer can be a hefty pick for the Brits in the final showdown on the bouncy wicket of Oval. He has grabbed a total of 16 wickets in 3 Test matches for his team.

Captain and Vice-Captain Selection:

Captain Options: Steve Smith, Pat Cummins, Stuart Broad

Vice-Captain Options: Joe Root, Jofra Archer, Marnus Labuschagne


Suggested Playing XI for Head to Head/Small Leagues:

Wicketkeeper – Tim Paine

Batsmen – David Warner, Steve Smith (C), Joe Root, Rory Burns

All Rounders – Marnus Labuschagne

Bowlers – Josh Hazlewood, Mitchell Starc, Pat Cummins (VC), Stuart Broad, Jofra Archer.

Suggested Playing XI for Grand Leagues/Mega Leagues:

Wicketkeeper – Tim Paine, Jonny Bairstow

Batsmen – Steve Smith (C), Joe Denly, Rory Burns

All Rounders – M Labuschagne, Ben Stokes

Bowlers – Josh Hazlewood, Mitchell Starc, Pat Cummins, Stuart Broad (VC)


Expert Advice

If Stokes plays as a specialist batsman, it would be a wise decision not to pick him as he eats 11 credits. You can opt for Labuschagne in the all-rounders’ category and pick an extra bowler instead.

With 16 points for a wicket, now you can make a bowler C or VC in Tests as well.

Probable Winners

Australia are expected to win the final Test match and seal the series by 3-1.

*Disclaimer: This team is based on the understanding, analysis and instinct of the author. While selecting your team, consider the points mentioned and make your own decision.

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