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It has been a good week for sport in the UK, with Andy Murray winning Wimbledon and giving the British their first Wimbledon championship after 77 long years. This week, the Ashes is what’s going to keep the press busy.
The action starts off at Trent Bridge, Nottingham on the 10th of July. England have a super record at the ground winning 7 out of the last 9 tests that they played here. The weather is expected to be a bit cloudy and will average around 22 -25 Celsius, making it just about ideal conditions for swing bowlers. Hence, in all likelihood the side that wins the toss will look to bowl first.
Both Cook and Clarke realize how important the first test is. The team that wins the first test will clearly have the upper hand and hence both teams will go all out. England have not had much test match or four day cricket leading up into the Ashes, as most of the domestic matches are T20. That being said, the England team are an experienced bunch, with the majority of them having competed in previous Ashes series.
Australia on the other hand could take awhile to hit their straps. They have a relatively inexperienced team starting right at the top of the order with Chris Rodgers. While Rodgers has played a lot of domestic cricket, he will be playing just his 2nd test match. If Australia go down in the first test match, it will not only be a psychological setback but it will make their task even more difficult as the Aussies need to win the series to capture the Ashes.
England News: The good news for England is that their star spinner Graeme Swann has been cleared to play the first test match after being sidelined in a warm up game due to injury. Trent Bridge is Swann’s home ground and he will be expected to play a big role. The player missing out is Nick Compton who has been dropped and young Joe Root will be expected to open the batting for the first time with Alistair Cook.
Australia News: Coach Darren Lehmann has delayed announcing his final 13, leaving room for much speculation in both battling and bowling departments. It is a toss-up between Khawaja, Cowan and Hughes for the 3rd spot and a toss-up between Warner and Smith for the number 6 position. Darren Lehmann has also not confirmed if Peter Siddle will be an automatic selection, leaving speculation that the experienced Ryan Harris or the upcoming Jackson Bird might get a shot at the playing eleven.
England Side (probable): Shane Watson, Chris Rogers, Ed Cowan, Michael Clarke (c), Phil Hughes, Dave Warner, Brad Haddin, James Pattinson, Peter Siddle, Mitchell Starc and Nathan Lyon.
Australia Side (probable): Alastair Cook, Joe Root, Jonathan Trott, Kevin Pietersen, Ian Bell, Jonny Bairstow, Matt Prior, Stuart Broad, Graeme Swann, James Anderson and Steven Finn.
Match Officials: Aleem Dar, Kumar Dharmasena will be the on field umpires, Marais Erasmus will be the TV umpire and Ranjan Madugalle will be the match referee.
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