Tip England - Australia
England can no longer regain the Ashes but they could yet drawn this series against Australia. That is important as no one wants to lose a series and there are points in the World Test Championship to play for. The fourth test was another struggle for England with inconsistent batting up against a Steve Smith masterclass. The Australian made his return and hit a double century in the first innings and a half-century in the second. England lost that game and have made two changes for this final test. Sam Curran and Chris Woakes replace Jason Roy and Craig Overton with Ben Stokes only playing as a batsman due to a shoulder injury.
Australia have the Ashes but will want to win a series in England as that hasn't happened in a while. They have outplayed England for most of this series despite their opening batsmen barely making a contribution. They have a better bowling line-up and of course have Steve Smith who has been in outstanding form in this series. If he had played in the third test, it's unlikely England would have won that one. Go for Australia to end this series with another win.
Key points England - Australia
Australia have outplayed England for most of this test series.
Australia have a better bowling line-up than England.
Steve Smith is in outstanding form.
There are still major questions to ask about the England batting line-up.
Conclusion England - Australia
England have made two changes for this test but it is unlikely to bring about a win. They won't have Ben Stokes bowling in this match and Sam Curran may suffer if he can't get the ball to swing. Australia will want to win the series and with players such as Smith, Laubechagne and Cummins in form, they can win this final test match.
England Australia Prediction published on September 11, 2019