England v Australia 1st Ashes Test Tips, Predictions and Preview - Aussies openers to lead the way

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Nothing can beat the ecstasy of watching the Ashes and old enemies England and Australia start the ICC World Test Championship with their five-match series at Edgbaston from August 1.

The hosts received a scare when Ireland pushed them all the way at Lord’s. The bowling masterclass from Chris Woakes and Stuart Broad saved them the embarrassment. 

Australia, on the other hand, have been warming up for the series with a set of matches that included pitting the main side against the ‘A’ team to get quality match practice.

England


The hosts have rested quite a few of their regulars against Ireland. Jofra Archer’s anticipated Test debut will be under cloud, as he would be assessed before the start. There is considerable interest over captain Joe Root’s position too, as he reverts to number three. That it is contrary to his personal ambitions makes the move a lot more interesting.

With the pitch expected to be dry, England will look to Moeen Ali as their only spin option. Sam Curran and Woakes would be vying for one final spot, as England welcome James Anderson back into the fold.

Australia


Australia are sure to welcome back the trio from ball-tampering saga – Cameron Bancroft, David Warner and Steve Smith back. With Travis Head and Mitchell Marsh in the middle-order, there is a bit of doubt on the strength of this batting unit.

Bowling wears an aggressive outlook, though, with James Pattinson and Pat Cummins heading the unit. Nathan Lyon will be their lone spinner while Mitchell Starc and Peter Siddle could be battling for the third seamer role. His success with Essex could swing the needle in Siddle’s favour.

Match Up


Australia hold the Ashes after a 4-0 win Down Under in 2017-18, but England haven’t lost a home Ashes series since 2001. Six months ago, England would have been absolute favourites to regain the Ashes. However, so much water has flown under the bridge hence and Justin Langer’s side look a confident side. 
England will have to be at their best all through the five days, and this could be a tough tussle for supremacy.

History & Statistics


  • England have won six of their last seven home Tests (W6, D1), including three in a row.
  • England are unbeaten at this venue since 2008 (W6, D2), including the last four.
  • England aren’t involved in a draw for 14 Tests now, since March 2018 (W10, L4).
  • Australia have won their last two Tests, but haven’t won three consecutive Tests since November – December 2017.
  • Australia are winless in five away Tests (D1, L4), since winning against South Africa in March 2018.
  • Australia have lost ten of their last 15 away Tests (W3, D2, L10).
  • Australia have lost seven of their last 11 Tests in England (W2, D2, L7).

Key Players


Stuart Broad remains a very tough bowler to face when in rhythm. Like the Irish batsmen found out, the fast bowler can be a handful on his day.

Steve Smith wouldn’t make the MCC manual with his batting technique or his idiosyncrasies at the crease. However, there is never a more reassuring presence than him for Australia in the Ashes, as his scores of 143, 141*, 40, 6, 239, 76, 102* and 83 (latest) indicate.

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