England vs Australia, 1st Test Match Prediction2019-08-02
Edgbaston, Birmingham, England
Man of the Match: Steven Smith
?England has won the last three out of five Test Matches against Australia at Birmingham
?England’s bowling attack looks very strong with Stuart Broad, Jofra Archer and Chris Woakes in good form
?Australia has lost the last three out of four Test Matches they have played away from the home soil
CRICBETTINGBUZZ PREDICTION: England to win this game
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World Champions England would look to make the perfect as they play against archrivals Australia in the first game of the Ashes at Edgbaston, Birmingham. The English team would be upbeat about its prospects in the game has been in great form at home over the last couple of seasons and possessing a strong line-up. For Australia, it would be the first Test Match after the return of Smith and Warner.
In recent years England has enjoyed an overwhelming dominance over Australians playing at home. They have good firepower both in their batting as well as bowling. Australia though is going through a bad phase in their red-ball cricket but with two of their best batsmen back in the side, it would be interesting to see their approach for the next game.
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Joe Root’s side won the only Test Match against Ireland comfortably in the end but not before the Irish bowlers had given them a scare in the first innings. Root would, however, be confident about the prospects of his side given the kind of resource they have in their batting as well as bowling going into the game.
The batting order looks very strong for the side with Jason Roy and Jos Buttler at the top and they would start confidently in the next game. Joe Denly, Joe Root and Jonny Bairstow make the middle order very strong for the side. What adds to their strength is the depth they have in their batting with Moeen Ali, Sam Curran, and Moeen Ali in the lower middle order.
The bowling attack has great firepower for the side with James Anderson back in the squad and is likely to open the bowling with Stuart Broad. Jofra Archer shall make his debut in whites for England and Chris Woakes looks in brilliant form. Moeen Ali adds to the variety in the bowling set-up for the side.
Jonny Bairstow, Joe Root, Jason Roy, Joe Denly, Stuart Broad, Moeen Ali, Jos Buttler, James Anderson, Ben Stokes, Rory Burns, CR Woakes
Joe Root (C), Jimmy Anderson, Jofra Archer, Jonny Bairstow, Joe Denly, Stuart Broad, Jos Buttler, Sam Curran, Jason Roy, Chris Woakes, Moeen Ali
Tim Paine would be a confident skipper going into this game. After the side struggled to find its foot with the bat in the last few games he has two of his best batsmen back in the side. With bowlers looking in good shape he would like to meet the challenge that is posed by the English players in the game.
Batting looks good for the side with Marcus Harris and David Warner in the top. Warner’s return makes the side look very strong. In the middle order, Usman Khawaja is looking good a Steven Smith is making his comeback. Marnus Labuschagne, Travis Head and Paine complete a strong batting line-up for the side.
Mitchell Starc looked in good form during the World Cup and with Pat Cummins forms a lethal bowling attack. Peter Siddle would be looking to make the most of his comeback to the squad. With Nathan Lyon in the side and Labuschagne in, they would look to trouble the English line-up.
Tim Paine, James Pattinson, Pat Cummins, Nathan Lyon, Peter Siddle, Matthew Wade, Usman Khawaja, CT Bancroft, Steven Smith, David Warner, TM Head
Tim Paine (c), Marcus Harris, David Warner, Usman Khawaja, Steven Smith, Travis Head, Mitchell Starc, Pat Cummins, Nathan Lyon, Peter Siddle, Marnus Labuschagne
There are predictions for rains on the first three days of the Test Match and batting would be tough. The ball is likely to seam and swing during the course of the game. The pitch is likely to have some grass cover and both the sides would have to see off the new ball and work on building partnerships on this surface.
Edgbaston, Birmingham has been a good hunting ground for the fast bowlers especially in the first innings of any Test Match where the Duke Ball swings and seams around. Batsmen who work on building their innings have done well at this ground. Spinners are likely to play a role on this surface from Day 3 onward.
It is going to be very tough conditions to bat in the first hour of play at Birmingham and fast bowlers are likely to enjoy bowling on this surface. Given the prediction for rains and cloudy weather the side winning the toss is more likely to bowl first on this surface.
Host England would be very confident after their triumph at the World Cup. English cricket hasn’t looked any better against the Australians in the lead up to an Ashes series at home in many years. Though Australia may have put behind the lows they had suffered at the start of the year they still have a tough task at hand against an English team that is looking dominating at the moment. Going into the first game hosts England would start as favorites.
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