Last Update on: July 26th, 2023 at 06:13 pm
Ben Stokes is all set to lead England in the fifth and final Test at The Oval. England are trailing the series 2-1 and a win will help them to draw the series. Meanwhile, a win for Australia will give them their first Ashes win in England in 22 years.
The stage is set for an epic finale to what has been a riveting Ashes series. Both teams have a chance to achieve something special. Ben Stokes in his pre-match presser spoke about the importance of the Test match and a lot more about James Anderson and his future with the team.
However, before the press conference started, Mark Wood’s “Barbie Song” took the reporters by surprise as they shared a laugh together.
Watch: Mark Wood’s Barbie Moment Ahead Of Ben Stokes’ Presser
🎙️ As Ben Stokes was sitting down for his pre-match press conference…
Mark Wood decided to hijack the microphone and have a bit of fun 😂
— England Cricket (@englandcricket) July 26, 2023
Stokes then had a funny look towards Mark Wood and he said “Woody” as the England pacer left the premises with a smile. All this happened on a lighter note as Stokes addressed questions from the reporters ahead of the fifth and final Test.
England named an unchanged squad for the fifth and final Test at The Oval. The hosts failed to win the fourth Test in Manchester after rain played spoilsport on the final day. England needed five more wickets on day 5 as rain prevented them from winning the Test match.
For Australia, it was a great escape as many of their players agreed that they might have lost the Test had rain didn’t intervene. Australia have also named their squad for the final Test with Mitchell Starc and Mitchell Marsh overcoming their injury concerns to be a part of the side.
“Everyone should be alright,” said Cummins also hinting that Todd Murphy might play the final Test. With Marsh playing well, Murphy’s inclusion might see Cameron Green get benched for the final Test.
The fifth Test begins at the Oval in London on July 27. While, Australia might have retained the Ashes by virtue of them leading the five-Test series 2-1, England still have the chance to keep their unbeaten series run against their rivals at home, intact by winning in London.