Fields are set, players are ready as the most anticipated test series of the year the Ashes 2021-2022 will begin on Wednesday. The first match of the series is scheduled to be played from 8th December to 12th December.
Australia will head into the Ashes 2021-2022 under the leadership of the newly-appointed captain Pat Cummins. Cricket Australia appointed Pat Cummins as the new captain of the Test squad after Tim Paine stepped down from captaincy in the wake of the sexting scandal. Pat Cummins was appointed as Test Captain with Steve Smith named as his deputy. Cricket Australia announced their Playing XI for the first test against England.
David Warner will open the batting along with Marcus Harris who has shown great form in domestic cricket. David Warner has played two tests in the last 23 months & how well Warner will fare in the Ashes series is a wait & watch thing. If Australia wants to dominate the Ashes 2021-2022 series Warner will have to play a big role with the bat.
Things will get easy for Australia if Warner performs well with the bat in the top order. Steve Smith & Marcus Labuschagne will be the biggest asset in Australia’s middle order. Both created havoc in the previous Ashes 2021-2022 series & the team would look ahead to replicate similar performances. In the absence of Tim Paine, Alex Carey will don the wicket-keeping gloves.
Australia will head into the first test with their formidable pace attack which comprises Josh Hazlewood, Mitchell Starc, and Josh Hazlewood. Nathan Lyon has 399 wickets at the moment. One more wicket will help him reach the 400-wicket landmark. With the new captain & deputy onboard Australia will look ahead to outclass their arch-rivals in the first test of the Ashes 2021-2022 series.
England on the other hand will have a major task ahead to clinch the first test as they aren’t the best batting line-up in test cricket right now. England’s test captain Joe Root will have the huge responsibility to ensure that his side bounces back to form & register stellar performance to clinch the much anticipated Ashes series. Joe Root is yet to score a Test hundred in Australia and averages close to 40.
Joe Root has to display a stunning performance with the bat if England wants to clinch the Ashes series. He would aim to recreate his double-ton stint which he has registered earlier this year against India. Meanwhile, the comeback of Ben Stokes is the major boost for England’s team. No one could forget Ben Stokes firing performance in the last Ashes Series. His presence in the squad will give him a lot of confidence.
Notably, England has rested James Anderson for the first test so that he can prepare for the second test in Adelaide. The likes of Stuart Broad, Chris Woakes, Ollie Robinson, and Mark Wood are likely to form the pace attack. It will be interesting to see if Jack Leach makes it into the playing XI or England go with the five-pronged pace attack. England will try their best to outclass the mighty Aussies squad to take a lead in the crucial Ashes series.
Head to Head Stats:
In the 351 matches they have played, Australia has won 146 matches and England has won 110 matches.
David Warner, Marcus Harris, Marnus Labuschagne, Steve Smith (vc), Travis Head, Cameron Green, Alex Carey (wk), Pat Cummins (c), Mitchell Starc, Nathan Lyon, Josh Hazlewood
Rory Burns, Haseeb Hameed, Dawid Malan, Joe Root (c), Ben Stokes, Ollie Pope, Jos Buttler (wk), Chris Woakes, Ollie Robinson, Mark Wood, Stuart Broad/Jack Leach
The pitch is a haven for pacers with bounce on offer for all five days of the first test. The batters could also score runs here after spending some time in the middle. The team winning the toss is likely to opt to bat first.
There are chances of rain spoiling the first, second & third day of the first test. However, the weather is expected to be clear on the fourth and fifth days. The temperature is expected to hover between 19 to 30 degrees Celsius.
The return of all-rounder Ben Stokes has boosted England’s squad & chances of winning. However, their batting still looks poor looking at their recent form. Meanwhile, Australia’s line-up looks more strong & consistent as compared to visitors & they will have the advantage of playing at the home ground.
Prediction: Australia to win the first test.
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