England vs Australia; 1st Test

Match Details

Edgbaston, Birmingham

The Ashes 2019 Test Matches

Thursday, 1st – 5th August 2019; 03:30 PM IST.

Pitch Report

Previously, England has already won their last four Edgbaston Tests and nine of the last 12 matches. While, England and Australia have already met here this year – a thumping win for England in the Cricket World Cup semi-final.

Firstly, the pitch here assists bowling and bowlers. Due to this, they will be likely to enjoy the most here. Although, the spinners will also get assistance as the game goes on.

Weather Forecast

There are very high chances of rain on the last two days of the test match. Consequentially, the match will likely be interrupted repeatedly. 

Preview

The greatest rivalry in the longest format begins from 1st August 2019 at Edgbaston. The host, England and Australia will meet after their world cup semi-final match which was at the same venue just a few weeks ago. Currently,England will be looking to retrieve the World cup and their lone test wins. Australia, on the other hand, will look to start the Ashes series on a winning note as well. The Aussies aim to win the Ashes test series on the England soil. They haven’t won the test series in England since 2001. In short, both the teams are gearing up for a long test series week. The first test match will be played on Thursday, 1st August 2019 to Monday, 5th August 2019 at Birmingham.

England

England will hope they can build on their ODI side’s World Cup success over the summer and use that experience to their advantage. Many of that side now feature in the squad for the longer format of the game in this highly-anticipated Ashes series. The hosts were shocked by Ireland when they were shot out for just 85 runs in 23 overs on the first day of the only test match at Lords. England’s batting will have to come good if they want to reclaim the urn. Jofra Archer is expected to make his Test debut following his brilliant performances at the World Cup to boost England’s pace options but how the top order will line-up remains a mystery with Jason Roy set to be included either as an opener or coming in at three.

Player To Watch Out For- Joe Root

England’s Ashes Squad

Joe Root (capt), Moeen Ali, James Anderson, Jofra Archer, Jonny Bairstow (wk), Stuart Broad, Rory Burns, Jos Buttler (wk), Sam Curran, Joe Denly, Jason Roy, Ben Stokes, Olly Stone, Chris Woakes.

Australia

Australian Men will be now hoping to do the same which Australian Women did in Women’s Ashes. The team will be confident of retaining the Ashes as they head to England but will have to overcome recent history after failing to win an Ashes series away from home since a 4-1 triumph back in 2001.

Steven Smith, David Warner and Cameron Bancroft are back in the squad after the Cape Town ball-tampering saga. The likes of Usman Khawaja, Travis Head, Marnus Labuschagne and captain Tim Paine will hope to supply consistent runs in the middle-order, but it is this area which England will hope to expose if Smith and Warner fail up top. Mitchell Starc cemented his status as the best one-day bowler on the planet during the World Cup, taking a record 27 wickets. And yet Starc could quite plausibly find his performances upstaged by two brilliant team-mates in Josh Hazlewood and Pat Cummins, as was the case in 2017-18.

Player To Watch Out For- Steven Smith

Australia’s Ashes Squad

Tim Paine (c), Cameron Bancroft, Patrick Cummins, Marcus Harris, Josh Hazlewood, Travis Head, Usman Khawaja, Marnus Labuschagne, Nathan Lyon, Mitchell Marsh, Michael Neser, James Pattinson, Peter Siddle, Steven Smith, Mitchell Starc, Matthew Wade, David Warner.

Head To Head

Matches Played- 507

Won by England- 176

Won by Australia- 235

Match Drawn- 94

Match Tied- 2

Team’s Form In the last 5 Matches(Recent First)

England- Won Won Lost Lost Won

Australia- Won Won Draw Lost Won

Probable Line Ups For Fantasy Selection

England- Jason Roy, Rory Burns, Joe Root, Jos Buttler, Sam Curran, Ben Stokes,  Chris Woakes, Moen Ali, Stuart Broad, James Anderson, and Olly Stone.

Australia- Tim Paine, Cameron Bancroft, Patrick Cummins,  Josh Hazlewood, Usman Khawaja, Nathan Lyon, Mitchell Marsh, Steven Smith, Mitchell Starc, Matthew Wade, David Warner.

Apne XI Prediction

Two evenly-matched teams, with gun bowling attacks and fragile batting line-ups, will battle it out for the Ashes. Genuine quality and significant flaws are evident in equal measure. But England is in good form and are coming after the winning World Cup. Expect them to win this match.

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