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Ashes 4th Test, AUS vs ENG – Fantasy Preview, Predictions and MPL Top Picks

Match: Australia vs England (Ashes 4th Test)

Date: January 5-9, 2022 – 5 AM IST

Venue: Sydney Cricket Ground, Sydney

Where and what time to watch the match live in India 

The Indian audience will be able to watch the Ashes on Sony Sports Network. They will also be able to stream it live on the Sony Liv app. As the series is supposed to be played in Australia, the fourth Test match is slated to begin at 5 AM IST. The games will be telecasted also on Sony Ten 3 (Hindi) and Sony Ten 4 (Tamil and Telugu).

Ashes 4th Test, AUS vs ENG – What to Expect

In any run of the mill series, excitement is bound to dry up if the winner of the series is known with two matches yet to spare. However, that is not the case when it comes to one of the biggest rivalries of world cricket – the Ashes.

Australia have won the first three of the five-match Test series, but they are not a team to remain content with that and will all out for a whitewash. The baggy greens started out with a 9-wicket victory at Brisbane, which was then followed by a 275-run triumph at Adelaide.

The last victory was perhaps the sweetest, as in front of a sizeable crowd at the Melbourne Cricket Ground, they handed England a defeat by an inning and 14 runs. They have the ammunition to go for the overkill, while England will look to punch above their weights so as to avoid humiliation on Australian soil.

Pitch Report of AUS vs ENG, Ashes 4th Test

Sydney Cricket Ground is one of those few pitches in Australia where the bowlers are unlikely to dominate the proceedings. The track is a flat one, where batters could accumulate plenty of runs if they are patient enough to get their eye in.

Australia – Expected XI and Team News 

Given their excellent performance in the third Test at the Melbourne Cricket Ground, the Australian team management would have ideally preferred to go with an unchanged lineup for this match, but they have been forced to make a change. Left-handed batter Travis Head, who was in sensational form in this series, has tested positive for COVID-19. He will be replaced by Usman Khawaja, who is making a comeback in the Australian Test XI after around a couple of years.

Australia XI – Marcus Harris, David Warner, Marnus Labuschagne, Steve Smith, Usman Khawaja, Cameron Green, Alex Carey (wk), Pat Cummins (c), Mitchell Starc, Nathan Lyon, Scott Boland.

England – Expected XI and Team News 

Despite having a horrendous time with the bat, England’s team management has not changed their batting lineup and has shown faith in the batters who featured in the Melbourne Test. However, they have been forced to make a change in the bowling department. Ollie Robinson, who arguably has been England’s best bowler in this series, is unavailable for this match due to a shoulder niggle. In his place, Stuart Broad is making a comeback in the England XI.

England XI – Haseeb Hameed, Zak Crawley, Dawid Malan, Joe Root (c), Ben Stokes, Jonny Bairstow, Jos Buttler, Mark Wood, Jack Leach, Stuart Broad, Jimmy Anderson.

Head to head record of AUS vs ENG

Australia could create history in Sydney since if they win this match, the Kangaroos will register their 150th Test win over the Three Lions. These two arch-rivals have crossed paths 354 times in total, out of which Australia have emerged victoriously 149 times, while England have secured 110 wins. These two sides have also played out a total of 95 draws.

Total – 354

Australia – 149

England – 110

Draws – 95

AUS vs ENG: Five players to watch out for in Ashes Fourth Test

Here we take a look at five key players you must pick in your MPL Fantasy XI: 

David Warner: Batter, Australia

David Warner is proving why it was a fatal error in judgment to consider his chapter in international cricket is all but over. The left-handed pocket dynamo has scored 240 runs in the first three Tests – fewer than only Travis Head among the Aussies. He played two sublime knocks of 90+ runs in the first two Tests and will now be desperate to get his century.

Marnus Labuschagne: Batter, Australia

Just behind Warner on the list of the leading run-getters in the series is Marnus Labuschagne. The South Africa-born batter has scored 229 runs in the first three Tests at an average of 57.25. Labuschagne could not do much in the last Test at Melbourne, but in the Adelaide Tests, he scored a century in the first innings and a half-century in the second.

Mitchell Starc: Bowler, Australia

While the batters have done exceptionally well for the baggy greens, they would not have been in the position they are in currently, had it not been for the performances of their bowlers. Mitchell Starc has been the best of the lot, having picked up 14 wickets in three matches. Starc picked up 6 wickets in the match at Adelaide.

Pat Cummins: Bowler, Australia

Pat Cummins has not only shown his calibre as the leader of one of the best teams in the world, but he also has been very successful with the ball. In only a couple of Tests, the pacer has picked up 10 wickets. Cummins picked up 7 wickets in the Test at Brisbane.

Joe Root: All-Rounder, England

Though Australia have dominated this series right from the beginning, the batter who has scored the most runs is an Englishman – Joe Root. He has scored 253 runs in three Tests and could have caused the Aussies serious troubles had he found another warrior like himself in the Three Lions’ squad. Root has scored three half-centuries in the three Tests at Brisbane, Adelaide and Melbourne.

Ashes 4th Test: MPL Fantasy XI 

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 Note: The players recommended here need not be a part of the Playing 11 on game day. Users are advised to do their own research also and follow official sources and create their teams

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