The greatest rivalry in the longest format begins from 1st August 2019 at Edgbaston. The host, England and Australia will meet after their world cup semi-final match which was at the same venue just a few weeks ago. Now England will look to retrieve their world cup and their lone test wins. Australia, on the other hand, will look to start the Ashes series on a winning note as well. The Aussies aim to win the Ashes test series on the England soil. They haven’t won the test series in England since 2001. Both the teams are gearing up for a long test series week. The first test match will be played on Thursday, 1st August 2019 to Monday, 5th August 2019 at Birmingham.
England vs Australia Ashes Test Series Match Preview – Team England’s Preview
The hosts were shocked by Ireland when they were shot out for just 85 runs in 23 overs on the first day of the only test match at Lords. England’s batting will have to come good if they want to reclaim the urn. The bowlers did a very good job in the second innings which is why England won that lone test match. England shuffled with their batting order in that lone test match. Joe root was pushed down the order. His place in the side is the number 3 position. Root has made this position for himself and England needs some stability against a quality bowling attack from Australia. Root should be at number 3, with the openers who aren’t consistent. Root’s form will be vital for the hosts in this series.
Jason Roy batted well in the second innings but he also needs to be consistent as an opening batsman. He needs to adapt to the challenges of the red ball in test cricket. As Starc, Cummins, Hazlewood, and Marsh will swing the ball both ways in the England conditions. Roy with Burns will have to negotiate the new ball well. Ben Stokes and Jos Buttler will be back in England’s squad for the Ashes test series. The two players will play a key role in England’s Team. Ben Stokes has been named the vice-captain for this 5 match test series. Stokes will have the responsibility to play an all-rounder for England. He needs to get those crucial runs which will put England ahead of Australia in the 1st test match.
Bairstow needs to fire. He scored a pair in both the innings against Ireland. He will be keen to put up some runs under his belt. The form of Moen Ali will worry England ahead of the first test match. England will need Ali to fire with the bat but he hasn’t been the best when it comes to batting and the spin will also be an issue. Ali can be threatening at home but he isn’t as effective as Australia’s, Nathan Lyon. Ali was the pick for bowling against India in their of 2014 and 2018 tour. At home, Ali is will be dangerous but Australia will be prepared for him. It has been a brilliant 3 months for Jofra Archer. After making his debut in the ODIs at the world cup, Archer is all set to play his maiden test match against Australia on Thursday. He will be the player to watch out for the 1st test match.
England has strengthened their bowling with Archer’s inclusion. England looks stronger with Anderson, Board, Woakes and Stokes in their bowling department. Woakes and Board helped England win the lone test match. It was a rare occasion when two of England’s bowlers took all 10 wickets and bowled out the opposition for 38 runs. The hosts will need such performances from Stuart Board and Chris Woakes in this Ashes test series as well. Woakes also is a handy batsman like Stokes. He has a Test hundred to his name. So Woakes will be expected to deliver the all-round goods for England. England will also be delighted to have Jimmy Anderson back into their test squad for this all-important series. Anderson is the wild trump card for England and Jofra Archer will be their X factor.
England vs Australia Ashes Test Series Match Preview – Australian Team Preview
The visitors have come a long way after being beaten by India in their home series. But they will have a test and that test will be of character. Players like Warner, Smith, and Bancroft will have to use this comeback opportunity. The trio will play their first test match after that ball-tampering incident. Australia has nearly covered all the bases. The two openers are the seasoned openers from Australia. Both the Warner and Bancroft will want to make a mark in their comeback series. Warner had a good world cup and Bancroft played well in the warm-up games. His 93 run knock in a warm-up game forced his selection into the test side. Steve Smith, the former Aussie captain will have a role to play too. Smith will have to hold the Aussie innings, which did not do too well in his absence. He played well when Australia toured England in the 2015 Ashes test series. He should take inspiration from those innings.
The middle order of Australia is strong with players like Usman Khawaja, Mitchell Marsh, Marcus Harris, Mathew Wade, and skipper Tim Paine. These players are good on their day. Mathew Wade is also making a comeback into the test side. He will also want to make most of these opportunities. Australia also has an option of two new all-rounders, Michael Nesser, and Marnus Labuschagne. The team management will also consider these two in the playing XI. Their bowling department is the best in the world. Players like Starc, Cummins, and Hazlewood are Australia’s best pacers. Starc has had a very good world cup and was the highest wicket-taker for Australia in that tournament. Josh Hazlewood will make a comeback after his injury. He will want to make the best use of this opportunity which will be presented to him. It will also be interesting to see how fit the pace bowlers will be after the first 3 matches. Nathan Lyon will be the only spinner from Australia. Lyon will roar in England. He will also be a key player for the visitors in this series.
England vs Australia Ashes Test Series Match Preview – Australia’s Probable XI
Tim Paine, Cameron Bancroft, Patrick Cummins, Josh Hazlewood, Usman Khawaja, Nathan Lyon, Mitchell Marsh, Steven Smith, Mitchell Starc, Matthew Wade, David Warner
England vs Australia Ashes Test Series Match Preview – England’s Probable XI
Jason Roy, Rory Burns, Joe Root, Jos Buttler, Sam Curran, Ben Stokes, Chris Woakes, Moen Ali, Stuart Broad, James Anderson, and Olly Stone.
Who will start the series on a winning note? England or Australia?
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