About the Match
Ashes 2013 is finally up and running, and as it was hyped, first test brought plenty of thrills and excitement. England prevailed in a mighty close first test and they’ll be looking to carry the advantage in the next game which is to be played from 18th - 22nd July 2013. The first test went down to the wire and England won it by 14 runs. The second Test will be played at probably the most famous ground of the world, Lord’s Cricket Ground, also known as The Home of Cricket. While overall performance of both the teams was good, we still might see some changes in both sides. The second test is expected to an engrossing contest as well.
English batsmen were fiercely tested by Australian pace and spin attack as their batters struggled to score runs in both the innings. They didn’t do what they did best in their victories against India, that is, apply themselves. In second innings, however, their batsmen showed some intent as Ian Bell scored a hundred with fifties from Cook, Pietersen and Broad. They bowled well in both the innings, but they’d have to find the solution to pick the wicket of last pair. They conceded over a couple of hundred runs combined in both innings to last batting pair only. If the Lord’s pitch turns out to be similar or slower than that of Trent Bridge’s, we might see Finn making way for Bresnan. England might have underperformed in the first innings, but they have the strength in both and bowling department to win the second encounter as well.
Australians proved themselves better than what they looked like when they arrived in England. No one expected them to put up a fight as they did in the first test. They bowled brilliantly well to restrict strong English lineup at relatively cheap score. Ashton Agar, their new star, impressed one and all with his batting abilities in both the innings and bowled superbly when the conditions were favorable for spin. James Pattinson bowled with lot of aggression and Siddle got crucial five wicket haul in first innings. Batting would still be the major cause of their worry as their batsmen failed to contribute much with the bat. We might see David Warner or Usman Khwaja coming in for Ed Cowan. This Australian lineup is certainly better than what it looked at first sight and has the capability if leveling the series in the second game.
The first test lived up to the hype as it offered an engrossing contest between battle between bat and ball, and the advantage shifted from one team to other session by session like on a seesaw. With both teams looking in good form, the second game promises to be a close game as well. Can Australia beat the home side and bounce back in the series? Australia has got a good unit, but they are a little inexperienced. England’s batsmen got into the groove in the seconds innings and have regained the confidence. With superb bowling attack and stable batting lineup, England is my pick for this game.
England, 1.90 @ Bet365
Despite poor batting show, Australian opening pair showed fight and laid a solid platform in a big run chase. Watson and Rogers’s pair look in fine touch, and their previous performance would have given them some confidence. I think the pair would get off to a reasonably good start and get past 26-runs mark.
Fall of 1st Australia Wicket
: Over 25.5, 1.83 @ William Hill