It seems to be the right opportunity for making people love Test cricket again. The rehab program of Test cricket is ready to bring crowds in of all ages.
After the end of the ICC World Cup recently, arch-rivals England and Australia are all set to face each other in the ashes. Both the teams are equally strong, but Australia has a certain Steve Smith, who in the last few days has shown what he is capable of.
Australia has an explosives batting lineup and fierce pace attack. On the other hand, it is a good time to be an English fan. The English team is right now on a golden stretch, having already hosted and won the limited-overs world cup, and the test win against Ireland is the cherry on top.
England is a batsman-heavy team, and it is due to this combination that it could take on the bowlers in the opposition. It was a primary reason between England doing exceptionally well in the past six months and also picking up the most prestigious cup of the cricketing fraternity. Now, the fight for another has just begun- World Test Championship.
The fight for the hallowed urn and the respect that comes along with it
The Ashes is one of the most anticipated rivalries between the above two mentioned cricket teams. It has been almost a century, but the intensity is still the same. No wonder the experts on both the side are quoting it as India vs Pakistan rivalry.
It does seem a little unfair as a sporting event as significant as the Ashes falls in such proximity to the World Cup. But this is Test cricket, which is a different ball game altogether.
Experts have already declared that both England and Australia have one of the most mediocre teams for the Ashes since the 1990s, with some even claiming it to be the weakest ever. May this is the beginning of the new era, and new heroes to emerge.
The inexperienced but supremely talented opening pair might be the showrunner
England indeed has a problem with the opening pair. Both Jason Roy and Rory Burns have very little-to-almost no Ashes experience, and how they respond in the big stage might just decide which way the Ashes swing.
Warner and Smith show might just blow us away
Though David Warner is a seasoned opener, he was out of the scene for quite some time with a suspension. Moreover, we have seen in the first test that he had Cameron Bancroft as his opening partner, which didn't work out well.
It is the best chance for Cameron Bancroft to clear the air of the uncertainty about the past and show his metal with the bat.
A lot of responsibility lies on the shoulders of Usman Khawaja and Steve Smith at number 3 and 4 to ensure that Australia capitalizes on whatever start that their openers provide them.
As far as the bowling is concerned, both of the team seems to be in the same boat. Few of the strike bowlers are injured, and it remains to be seen how the others shape up, considering the longevity of the series. Also, it will quite interesting to see that, when provided with the opportunity, who stands up and perform during times of adversity and come out on top.
Has England have the edge over the Aussies? Do they
Overall, it seems like England has the scales tipping in their favour ever so slightly, going by their form in 50 over cricket, the English fans will hope that it will transcend in the test.
The Ashes is a long tournament with quite a lot at stake. Even though both teams are not as star-studded as it has been previously, the fact is that both of them have an almost similar situation. So, it should make for a nail-biting Ashes series in 2019.
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