About the Match
The oldest and probably the greatest cricketing rivalry is about to commence as Australia take on England in the first Investec Ashes Test on 10th July at Trent Bridge, Nottingham. The Ashes is known to create history and many new players come into big picture, thanks to build-up and fan following related to this series. It has been a while since the last test match was played and Ashes is arguably the best you to return to longest form of Cricket. Ashes has always brought plenty of interest among followers evident by packed stadiums and yet again a packed house will be there to welcome the teams as they head into the first test.
It has been all roses for England in past few months as far as Test Cricket is concerned. Beginning from their home series against India till now, England has succeeded brilliantly in longest version and has gained first spot in ICC Test Rankings. Alastair Cook will open with a young and talented Joe Root which will be something new for Joe Root. Comeback of Kevin Pietersen has strengthened an already strong batting lineup. Trott was in fabulous form in recently concluded Champions Trophy and would be looking to carry it into this series as well. Their bowling is in experienced hands of Anderson, Broad and Swann. Excellent form combined with balanced team on paper makes England a dangerous team, especially in five day game.
Australian team has been in news in recent past, but not for good reasons. Beginning from tour to India, they have faced some intimidating defeats. In Champions Trophy, lack of experience was clearly seen as they were knocked out before even making it to semifinals. However, in practice games against English domestic sides, the Kangaroo batsmen have shown some form with the bat. Shane Watson came out of his bad patch and scored some runs in quick time. Chris Rogers and Ed Cowan played well and return of Michael Clarke has bolstered their batting and squad balance. Their pace attack is good with Mitchell Starc and Peter Siddle being heart of hit. Nathan Lyon is a welcome addition to their attack and might trouble English batsmen. Australians fans haven’t seen their team perform well and it would be a nice time to deliver and change their fortunes and this team is certainly capable of doing it.
The Ashes has rich history and it is one of the most important and anticipated tournament in Cricket. England tasted success in last Ashes and they’d be striving hard to win this one too. Can they keep their winning going and stay on track to win it another track? England had a magical previous season and their good from is evident by the way they played in Champions Trophy and preparatory games. Australia has gained momentum with good batting display in practice games, but it will be hard to outclass potent English side. I think England will win this opening game of Ashes 2013.
England, 1.87 @ Bovada
Australian batsmen showed signs of gaining some form and Watson scored a quick-fire hundred. Phil Hughes showed glimpses of getting back to form too. However, considering Watson’s form and ability and Hughes’ struggle with the bat in earlier matches, Shane Watson is more likely to score more runs.
Watson v Hughes - Batsman Match:
Shane Watson, 1.73 @ William Hill