England V Australia Fifth Test Match Preview
Jimmy Anderson is sadly ruled out of the fifth and final test against the Aussies being unable to recover in time from a side strain picked up in the third test match.
Mark Wood will continue as his deputy although there have been mooted suggestions that he might need surgery on an ankle problem immediately after this game.
If England can win this game and take the test match series 4-1 it will be the first time any England team has managed to win four games in a test series against Australia on home soil.
Captain Alistair Cook has been rallying the troops ahead of this game and effectively cajoling everyone into keeping their foot on the Aussies throat whilst they have them down and out, dismissing a woeful Australian side for 60 in 111 balls in the last game.
"Cooky called us all on Tuesday, to say: 'Let's make sure we turn up knowing that we're in a battle and that we want to start again, Because I've got a burning desire for this to be 4-1'," Broad said.
"Certainly those of us involved in that 5-0 loss (in 2013-14) feel that determination to make this a good week," he added.
There is talk of bringing in an extra spinner or promoting Moeen Ali to open the batting to make way for an extra bowler in place of Adam Lyth but I think if ever Lyth is going to show that he can bat at this level then it has to be in this game and England should name an unchanged side.
Michael Clarke will retire from International cricket after this match as well as Chris Rodgers so this tour has taken it's toll on the Australian batsmen and they have felt the heat from their home media for some terrible performances.
Australia will want to prove that they aren't as bad as being skittled out for 60 but last weekends performance against Northants when they were almost made to follow on suggests they are toiling against the coal face.