Last Update on: July 24th, 2023 at 10:36 pm
Former England Test cricketer Mark Butcher has opined that the disappointed Australian bowlers will have a point to prove when they enter the fifth and final Test of the Ashes 2023.
The Ashes finale is set to be held at The Kennington Oval in London from July 27 to 31. Australia have already retained the Ashes urn and they will be eyeing a victory in the match to win their first Ashes series on England soil in 22 years.
Speaking on Sky Sports, Mark Butcher said that Australia will be disappointed with their performance in the Manchester Test. He added that the Aussie bowlers would want to show in the Ashes finale that they can’t be bullied by the batters.
“The Oval Test, regardless of the fact the urn is not up for grabs, is going to crackle and fizz,” Butcher said on Sky Sports.
“Australia will be hurting after their performance here and their bowlers will want to show they can’t be bullied and smashed for six an over,” he further added.
Some of the batters still have things to prove about scoring runs here in the UK – Mark Butcher
Mark Butcher further said that some of the Australian batters have been regularly failing on the English soil and they have things to prove in the final Test. He added that no player in the Australian squad has won an Ashes series in England, so they will be finally looking to clinch the victory in The Oval Test.
“Some of the batters still have things to prove about scoring runs here in the UK and none of their players have won a series in England,” Butcher said about the Australian batters.
Heading into the fifth Test, Australia are leading the series 2-1 after winning at Edgbaston and Lord’s. The fourth Test ended in a draw following continuous rain at Old Trafford in Manchester. Without a doubt, the visitors were saved by rain as they were not in a good position in the match following England’s dominance both with the bat and ball.