England will be eyeing their first victory Down Under when they will face Australia in the fourth Test of the five-match series starting from Tuesday at Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG).
After three consecutive defeats in Brisbane, Adelaide, and Perth, the match will be a real opportunity for the struggling visiting side, who will be up against Kangaroos without series leading wicket-taker Mitchell Starc, who will miss the match due to heel injury.
However, even in the absence of star left-arm seamer, England will have to improve on all grounds massively if they are to have any chance of avoiding another whitewash against their arch-rivals.
In the batting department, the team management will be hoping that ex-captain Alastair Cook, who is being in horrible form in the series to finally put some decent performances, which will ease the pressure on current captain Joe Root, who himself is having a mediocre series by his own standards.
Left-handed batsman Dawid Malan, who is visitor’s top scorer by a margin in the series, will be hoping to continue his good run, whereas there is pressure on all-rounder Moeen Ali to get some runs under his belt.
In the bowling department, there is one change certain for the visiting side, as in-form pacer Craig Overton is ruled out of the match duo to rib injury and is likely to be replaced by Surrey pacer Tom Curran, which means there will be added pressure on veteran duo of James Anderson and Stuart Broad to deliver.
For Australia, things are looking as smooth as they could’ve been, but there is one change on the cards with pacer Jackson Bird replacing injured Starc.
In the batting department, eyes will be on vice-captain and opener David Warner, who is yet to fire in the series, to finally get much-needed runs under his belt.
The pitch is expected to be good for batting, whereas there are chances of few showers after the first two days.