About the Match
The Ashes series starts on November 21st at Brisbane and the home team is looking forward to avenge their defeat earlier this year on their England Tour. England is placed at No.3 position in the ICC Test rankings whereas Australia is two places behind at the 5th position. England has come down under with a great combination of players in the team and is a formidable side; on the other hand Australia has been preparing well for the series and has experienced players who can guide the team in the right direction. It will be interesting to see the two rivals battling it out in the 5-match test series to prove their superiority over the other.
The team led by Alistair Cook has been one of the most successful teams that England has produced in recent times and the players are looking forward to become first England team to win four consecutive Ashes Series
, a feat that the country last achieved in 1890. Cook and his men have been tremendous form, especially the likes of Kevin Pietersen, Jonathan Trott and Joe Root who showed their batting prowess in the test series against the Aussies back home earlier this year. Stuart Broad and James Anderson will be accompanied by Chris Tremlett in providing the pace attack for the side, whereas Boyd Rankin, Monty Panesar and Graeme Swann are looking forward to provide variations with their bowling and upset the opponent batsmen. Ben Stokes, Michael Carberry and Gary Balance who are in good form have been included in the side as well; with the guidance of the experienced players, the youngsters are definitely looking forward for an opportunity to prove themselves in the test arena. The team is quite confident of repeating their superb performance and will be looking to emerge victorious here as well.
George Bailey, who makes his test debut with this series, and Mitchell Johnson have been included in the team for their brilliant performance in the shorter format of the game in recent tournaments and are hungry to do well in the test level, with both of the players being in very good form. Shane Watson, the all-rounder, brings tremendous experience to the side and although he has just recovered from injuries, he is a key resource for the home team. Captain Michael Clarke is expected to lead from the front and will use the players’ strengths to come up with a strong strategy against the visitors. Youngsters, but vastly experienced bowlers like Ryan Harris and Peter Siddle are looking confident to provide good support to Mitchell Johnson in the bowling department and Watson too might be seen in action with the ball. Overall, the Aussies are well prepared and will try to dominate England right from the first ball.
Players from both sides have been preparing well for this series down-under and the teams will definitely fight hard to dominate. Although England has a brilliant combination of batsmen and bowlers that makes it a tough side; the Aussies, who have been unbeaten at Brisbane since 1988 are looking well placed to win the first match of the series. Keeping weather in mind, the possibility of draw cannot be ruled out.
Australia, 2.62 @ Bet365
England and Australia both have a good opening pair with players having experience behind their back. With players like Cook and Carberry for England and Warner and Rogers for Australia, beginning of the innings is going to matter. English opening pair did pretty well in the tour games, and it is going to be tough to dismiss them. I think England openers will score more than the Aussie openers.
Highest Opening Partnership:
England, 1.83 @ William Hill