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Ashes Preview - 1st Test

A massive summer of cricket gets underway at Edgbaston on Thursday when England take on Australia in the first Ashes Test. Australia come into the game well prepared following their recent World Test Championship win over India, while the hosts brushed aside Ireland in a one-off Test. Both sides will be looking to seize the early initiative in the series and with the weather set fair for the five days a result seems likely.

Ashes Facts

When is England vs Australia taking place? Friday, June 16th-20th, 2023 – 11:00 (UK)

Where is England vs Australia taking place? England vs Australia will take place at Edgbaston, Birmingham

Last Meeting

Australia beat England by 146 runs

The highly anticipated Ashes series between England and Australia is about to commence, and both teams are looking forward to this ultimate cricketing showdown.

England, under the leadership of Ben Stokes and head coach Brendon McCullum, have transformed their Test match cricket and aim to regain the Ashes after their defeat in Australia in 2017-18.

While they have had impressive series wins against New Zealand, South Africa, India, and Ireland, they recognize that Australia will pose their toughest challenge yet.

England News

Playing the first Test at Edgbaston, England hope to utilise home advantage. However, their reputation as ‘Fortress Edgbaston’ has been tarnished recently with defeats against New Zealand in 2021 and Australia in 2019. England reportedly requested flat pitches to suit their fast-scoring style of play, which has been affectionately dubbed "Bazball" in honour of their head coach, McCullum.

The performance of the top order, including openers Zak Crawley and Ben Duckett, as well as Ollie Pope at number three, will be crucial for England's success. James Anderson, Stuart Broad, and Ollie Robinson are experienced bowlers who have performed well against Australia in home conditions, but the fitness of all-rounder Ben Stokes remains a concern as his bowling skills are vital to England's balance.


Broad and Anderson will be crucial for England

Australia News

Australia, fresh from their triumph in the World Test Championship Final against India, enter the Ashes series with confidence. They dominated India in all aspects of the game, with impressive performances from players like Steve Smith and Travis Head.

Their bowlers consistently took crucial wickets, preventing India from establishing significant partnerships. However, they face a different challenge in England, where they haven't won an Ashes series outright since 2001. Captain Pat Cummins now leads a changed Australian team, and they have the talented all-rounder Cameron Green, who is set to make his first Ashes appearance overseas. 

Marnus Labuschagne, the top-ranked Test batter, had his international breakthrough during the 2019 Ashes series and is comfortable in English conditions. Steve Smith, known for his outstanding performance in the same series, has acclimatised to English conditions by playing for Sussex in the County Championship.

Team News

In terms of team news, England's surprise recall of Moeen Ali stands out as he replaces the injured Jack Leach. Moeen's experience and trust from his teammates led to his return to Test cricket. The rest of England's batting lineup seems settled, while the selection of the fast bowlers remains a dilemma. 

Australia, on the other hand, faces a similar challenge in choosing their three seamers, with Scott Boland's excellent performance in the World Test Championship Final providing a strong case for his inclusion. Mitchell Starc's place may be at risk due to his expensive spells against India.

The countdown is finally over, and cricket fans around the world eagerly await the start of this thrilling Ashes battle, where two cricketing giants will compete fiercely to etch their names in cricketing history once again.




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