The Ashes 2013: The Oval
The Poms really are crap at celebrating. (The pic is actually from the first test, but still, the point remains.)
Okay, so the series is decided. After getting off to a great start chasing 300, the Aussies collapsed and since we don’t have Pattinson and Starc or Agar wasn’t selected we didn’t have any tailenders to try to bail us out. Fair play to the Poms who have got over the line in the two tests Australia stood a chance in. They were lucky to get away with it at Old Trafford.
So the series is decided, but there’s still some interest to be had. Aussies are playing for a bit of pride, and a lot of overcoming a psychological handicap of not knowing how to win. They’ve dropped Khawaja, moved Watson up to 3 and brought in Faulkner as the all-rounder. This has done absolutely nothing to fix our horribly fragile batting order. However, Starc is back in the side, at the expense of the ineffective Jackson Bird.
For the Poms, Simon Kerrigan and Chris Woakes are making their debuts. On this I have no comment, because I have no idea who they are. Woakes has come in for Bairstow and Kerrigan (who is a spinner apparently) is replacing the injured Tim Bresnan.
England: 1 Alastair Cook (capt), 2 Joe Root, 3 Jonathan Trott, 4 Kevin Pietersen, 5 Ian Bell, 6 Matt Prior (wk), 7 Chris Woakes, 8 Stuart Broad, 9 Graeme Swann, 10 James Anderson, 11 Simon Kerrigan
Australia: 1 Chris Rogers, 2 David Warner, 3 Shane Watson, 4 Michael Clarke (capt), 5 Steven Smith, 6 Brad Haddin (wk), 7 James Faulkner, 8 Peter Siddle, 9 Mitchell Starc, 10 Ryan Harris, 11 Nathan Lyon
Michael Clarke won the toss. Australia will bat first.