Australia vs England
Australia vs England. (Photo: Twitter)

England and Australia are set to lock horns with each other in the fourth Test of the ongoing Ashes 2021-22 series, starting from 5th January. Sydney Cricket Stadium will host the Test match. Australia have been ruthless in the series thus far.

They have looked a far better team than England. Be it batting or bowling, Australia have ticked all boxes in the series. With three wins in the first three matches, they have already sealed the series and retained the urn. And their next target would be to register a series whitewash.

Australia registered a stellar bowling performance in the last Test against England. A combined bowling effort from the team led to England getting bowled out for just 185 in the first innings. Mitchell Starc and Pat Cummins picked three wickets each in the first innings.

Mitchell Starc
Mitchell Starc. Credits: Twitter

Both have picked wicket consistently and helped Australia dominate in the series. Starc is currently the leading wicket-taker with 14 wickets to his name in 3 Tests, while Pat Cummins has 12 wickets in 2 Tests. Nathan Lyon, too, has been brilliant, having managed to pick 10 wickets in 3 Tests. Australia had a decent outing with the bat in the second innings of the third Test.

Marcus Harris, who had a forgettable series until that point, played a vital 76-run knock off 189. However, all the other batsmen failed to make a significant impact with the bat. James Anderson was superb with the ball as he picked 4 wickets for just 33 runs to bundle Australia out for 267 runs in the second innings.

Australia
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England could have made a comeback after that but debutant Scott Boland ruined all their hopes. He was superb in his four-over spell. Bolland picked 6 wickets and gave away just 7 runs in his four overs. His spell saw an English collapse as England were bundled out for just 68 runs. Australia won the match by an innings and 14 runs.

Jonny Bairstow
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England’s biggest concern right now is the lacklustre batting unit. England batters are looking completely out of sorts. The opening pair of Haseeb Hameed and Zak Crawley didn’t look too great.

The onus will, once again, be on Joe Root and Dawid Malan to score the bulk of the runs. Experienced campaigners such as Ben Stokes, Jos Buttler, and Jonny Bairstow haven’t inspired a lot of confidence. England’s fortunes in the fourth Test depend largely on these three. The trio has to make sure they convert the start into big scores.

As far as the pace department is concerned, you don’t expect a lot of changes to take place. England might bring in Tom Bess in place of Jack Leach in the spin department.

AUS vs ENG Prediction- Who Will Win The Match Between Australia vs England, Ashes 2021-22, 4th Test 

Mark Wood
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Teams Head to Head Records: Tests 

Stats Matches AUS Win  ENG Won Draw
Overall 354 149 110 95
Ashes Title 72 34 32 6
In the last 5 matches 5 4 1

Recent venue records (Records at Sydney Cricket Ground)

STATS – TEST

Total matches 109
Matches won batting first 47
Matches won bowling first 41
Average 1st Inns scores 317
Average 2nd Inns scores 313
Average 3rd Inns scores 252
Average 4th Inns scores 170
Highest total recorded 705/7 (187.3 Ov) by IND vs AUS
Lowest total recorded 42/10 (37.3 Ov) by AUS vs ENG

Toss Prediction for the 4th Test between Australia and England 

The team winning the toss is likely to bat first.

Australia: 

  • Batting 

Players Matches Runs Average
David Warner 3 240 60.00
Marcus Harris 3 114 28.50
Marnus Labuschagne 3 229 57.25
Steve Smith 3 127 31.75
Travis Head 3 248 62.00
Alex Carey 3 97 19.40

Who will score the most runs for Australia in the match: Marnus Labuschagne or David Warner 

  • Bowling

Players Matches Wickets Average
Mitchell Starc 3 14 19.64
Pat Cummins 2 10 14.40
Josh Hazlewood 1 3 24.67
Nathan Lyon 3 12 21.75
C Green 3 7 11.00
Jhye Richardson 1 5 24.00

Who will pick the most wickets for Australia in the match: Mitchell Starc or Pat Cummins  

England:

  • Batting

Players Matches Runs Average
Rory Burns 2 51 12.75
Haseeb Hameed 3 65 10.83
Dawid Malan 3 202 33.67
Joe Root 3 253 42.17
Jos Buttler 2 96 19.20

Who will score the most runs for England in the match: Joe Root or Ben Stokes

  •  Bowling

Players Matches Wickets Average
Stuart Broad 1 2 50.00
Ollie Robinson 3 9 26.00
Chris Woakes 2 3 76.00
Mark Wood 2 5 32.00
James Anderson 2 7 14.14

Who will the pick most wickets for England in the match: James Anderson or Ollie Robinson