Ponting predicted Australia XI for the final Ashes Test. In order to become just the second Australian team this century to win an Ashes series on English soil, Ponting previous team must escape defeat at the famous London stadium as they go to the capital with a slim 2-1 series lead. Prior to the commencement of the test on Thursday the health of a number of important players will be evaluated. This will define the composition of both teams and ponting believes that alterations will likely be kept to a minimum.
Ponting is aware that Australia dropped Todd Murphy out of their lineup for the fourth Test in Manchester in order to bolster their already potent batting lineup, but he still anticipates that the inexperienced spinner will gain a spot back in the starting lineup given the expected need for a specialist slow bowler in London.
On The ICC Review, Ponting said, “Australia have a real question to ask themselves, what they do going into the last Test match.” “I have a suspicion that Murphy will be added for the last Test. In general, the Oval spins a little bit more, and already, I believe this week’s London weather looks better than it did last week, so I wouldn’t be shocked if Murphy returned
Ponting’s Predicted Australia XI: David Warner, Usman Khawaja, Marnus Labuschagne, Steve Smith, Travis Head, Mitch Marsh, Alex Carey, Mitchell Starc, Pat Cummins (c), Todd Murphy, Josh Hazlewood.