Can England Salvage Some Pride in the Final Ashes Test?
England bring their worst Ashes series in seven years to a close this evening at the Sydney Cricket Ground as they look to avoid their third ever 5-0 whitewash at the hands of the Australians in an Ashes series. The previous two came in 1921 and in 2007, but should England, who had won all of the last three series’, suffer defeat in this final Ashes test match this weekend it will be arguably the worst defeat of all three 5-0 whitewashes following their convincing 3-0 series win on home soil last summer.
Australia are certainly much improved since last summer and now, while coach Darren Lehmann has had his plans work to perfection and he has also been aided by and English implosion. Can the visitors to the SCG in this final test turn things around and salvage the tiniest iota of pride from this series with victory in this final Ashes test?
GR88.com do not see it happening for the English and their final Ashes test betting odds see this inexperienced Australian side handing England a 5-0 series beating that is not likely to be forgotten in for a long time.
Australia v England – Final Ashes Test Betting Odds:
Australian Victory – 1.60
Draw – 4.00
English Victory – 3.80
(Odds provided by GR88.com are current as of today but subject to change.)
England’s tour of Australia has so far being nothing short of an unmitigated disaster as they have been easily defeated in each of the four test matches played so far and only one batsman has managed to score a century. That was new boy Ben Stokes as he hit 120 in the second innings of the third test match in Perth and the top order and experienced players have continually failed to produce the goods so far. They have one last chance to prove themselves but with Graeme Swann quitting mid tour and Jonathon Trott returning home for personal reasons as well as having the majority of the bowlers misfiring on tour, will they be able to salvage something from this final Ashes test?
With the form that Australia are showing with both bat and ball in this series to take back The Ashes from the old enemy for the first time since their last 5-0 whitewash of England in 2007. Their batting form has been so much better than that of the English that they occupy all of the top five positions in the total run scorers in the series and three time Man of the Match winner Mitchell Johnson has taken 31 wickets up to this point. He will be motivated to take at least four wickets to become the top Australian fast bowling wicket taker in a five game Ashes series and a further three wickets will see him break the Australian fast bowler total wickets in any five game series record that has stood for more than 100 years.
I can certainly see Mitchell Johnson carrying on his superb form with the ball to break at least one of those records in this match and with England performing so poorly with the bat and ball, with only Stuart Broad averaging less than 30 over the course of the series, and seemingly out of ideas I can’t see the visitors to the Sydney Cricket Ground getting anything out of this match. The weather will also be of no help with only occasional showers predicted for the five days of action and, as such, my money is on the Australians to wrap up the 5-0 whitewash in this final Ashes test.
Back Australia to beat England and complete a 5-0 series victory @ 1.60 in the GR88 Sportsbook!