10:30 AM (AEDST) Thursday, January 4 at the SCG, Sydney
The Fifth and final Test of this Ashes series between Australia and England will take place at the SCG, with Australia having won the series already.
Australia: Cameron Bancroft, David Warner, Usman Khawaja, Steve Smith, Mitchell Marsh, Shaun Marsh, Tim Paine, Mitchell Starc, Pat Cummins, Nathan Lyon, Josh Hazlewood.
England: Alastair Cook, Mark Stoneman, James Vince, Joe Root, Dawid Malan, Moeen Ali, Jonny Bairstow, Chris Woakes, Craig Overton, Stuart Broad, James Anderson.
These two sides have met in 345 prior Tests, with Australia winning 143 Tests to England’s 108, while 94 have been drawn. On Australian soil there have been 179 Tests with Australia winning 94 to England’s 57 with 28 drawn. Australia won all of the last 6 Tests on home soil, however the last series in England was won by the home team. Australia won the first three tests of this series to wrap up the series early..
Aside from a dominant series win against Pakistan, last season was a horror one for Australia, which saw them lose all 3 Tests against Sri Lanka and the opening 2 Tests against South Africa. Australia won the dead rubber prior to the series win over Pakistan. They then won the opening test against India, before losing 2 of the last three, with the other game drawn, producing another lost series in the sub-continent. Australia then suffered a humiliating first test loss to Bangladesh, their first ever against Bangladesh. They won the second and their most recent Test. Australia had a steady start to this series before cantering away on day 5 to win by a commanding 10 wickets. Australia then hit back after a poor second innings with the bat to win the second test by 120 runs. The Aussies won the third test after a magnificent partnership by Steve Smith and Mitch Marsh lead them to a huge win to reclaim the Ashes. The fourth test was a rain effected draw in Melbourne
England ended last season poorly, also dropping a test to Bangladesh before losing the last 4 Tests against India. They began this season is vastly improved fashion, beating South Africa 3-1 and then the West Indies 2-1, with both series played on home soil. 27 of their last 44 Tests have been on home soil though. England showed plenty of grit in their first innings of this series, but their bowlers failed to take a wicket in the fourth innings, handing Australia an easy win in the end. England again failed in the fourth innings of the last test to lose a very winnable match. They then let a solid first innings in the third Test get wiped clean, before failing to make Australia bat again. England fought back valiantly to ensure a draw in the last test.
Lyon v Ali – The SCG is well known for being a spinners wicket late in the match.
Australia’s bowling in the fourth Test was largely ineffective on a hard and flat deck. England will be their most confident here.