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The decider of the Ashes Series will kick off on the 8th of Sepetember 2005 at the Oval. This test will be an important one for both teams as Aussies need to win this one to draw the series and retain the Ashes for the 9th time in a row. While a draw for the Englishmen will be enough to bring Ashes back home.
When the tour started the Aussies were dominating the World of Test Cricket. The performance put up by the England outfit has created massive amount of pressure among the Aussie camp, specially the four pace attack which worries most of their batsmen. England in fact made Aussies to follow-on in the fourth test, as the last time they were made to follow-on was 18 years back. Mc Grath's injury worry, poor form of Gillespie and Hayden are big worries for Australia. Gillespie was left out on the fourth test and was replaced by Shaun Tait while Hayden's position is under threat in the fifth Test. Katich might open with Langer in the fifth Test. Shane Watson's performance for Hampshire gets him closer to be included in the Aussie squad while Sturat MacGill too is an option. The good news is that McGrath has made him self available for the fifth Test. England want him to play as we all want this World Class Fast Bowler to be back in action.
Meanwhile England have one worry facing the upcoming test. The Welsh Swinger, Simon Jones was injured during the fourth test and still in the recovering stages. Jones, a key in the four pace English attack captured 18 Aussies wickets this series. In this Ashes series England named the same team for all four matches. If Jones plays and if England remain unchanged it will be the first time in 120 years the same England team go through an entire Ashes series. James Anderson and Paul Collingwood are included in the squad for the fifth test.