Ashes 2023: Australia’s Retention of Ashes Trophy

Ashes

Australia retained the Ashes after the fourth Test at Manchester was drawn due to rain. The series will end 2-2, and Australia will hold onto the urn due to their victory in the previous series and by avoiding defeat in this one. Australia’s Inclusion of a Spinner for the Last Ashes Match. Nathan Lyon’s Injury
Nathan Lyon’s absence due to injury has been a significant setback for Australia. In the fourth Test, the Aussies preferred to go with an all-pace attack, and Travis Head’s part-time offices were ineffective against the England batting.

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Todd Murphy to Replace Injured Nathan Lyon

Todd Murphy is in the squad and should be in the side for the final Test. The young spinner showcased his mettle against India. Murphy needs the backing of his management in the final Test, and Cameron Green could be the casualty if Murphy gets the nod.

Australia’s Pace Department Needs New Energy for the Last Ashes Test

Pat Cummins’ Fatigue
Pat Cummins has played five back-to-back Test matches, including the World Test Championship final. He looked ragged in the fourth Test match and conceded 392 runs at 5.22, along with Mitchell Starc and Josh Hazlewood.

Concerns with Mitchell Starc’s Shoulder
Mitchell Starc has been struggling with a shoulder issue. There are doubts over his fitness for the final Test. Australia could bring in Jhye Richardson for Starc, who has been impressive in the domestic circuit.

Australia’s Batting Woes

Usman Khawaja’s Struggles
Usman Khawaja has been out of form and favor for Australia. He has scored just 96 runs in this Ashes series, and his place in the side looks uncertain.

Steve Smith’s Form
Steve Smith has been Australia’s best batsman in the series, but he has not been at his best. He has scored 378 runs at an average of 47.25, which is below his usual high standards. Australia needs Smith to fire in the final Test if they want to win the match.

Marnus Labuschagne’s Consistency
Marnus Labuschagne has been the standout batsman for Australia in this series. He has scored 486 runs at an average of 69.42. Australia needs him to continue his good form in the final Test.