Australia Seize Early Momentum
Having lost their first test at the Gabba since 1988 early this year against India, Australia were determined not to let lightning strike twice and ran out convincing nine wicket victors over England to take a 1-0 series lead.
That victory is certainly a good omen for Australia as they’ve won every Ashes series since 1954/55 in which they’ve won at the Gabba, and it’s hard to see a way England are going to get back into this.
While not as impressive as the Gabba, the Baggy Greens still have a strong record here at the Adelaide Oval in recent times, going W8-D1-L1 since they last tasted defeat to England in 2010, winning seven of their last eight tests here.
More importantly though, Australia remain unbeaten in day-night tests, while England have lost all three of their overseas day-nighters, so they’ll certainly be looking to shake things up in their team selection here.
Anderson And Broad Set To Return
Jimmy Anderson and Stuart Broad were both controversially left out of the opening test in Brisbane, though Chris Silverwood has confirmed both are available here and it would be inconceivable if neither took to the field here.
While their inclusion would likely be part of an all seam attack (with Jack Leach dropping out after his 13 overs went for a whopping 102 runs in Brisbane), that tactic worked terribly when facing India in their last day-nighter which only lasted two days, with spin dominating proceedings.
Australia To Win
Time will tell what tactic the visitors will adopt, though the hosts may also be forced into some changes themselves. David Warner averages 80 at this ground, though suffered a cracked rib in the last test and may have to be replaced by Usman Khawaja, while Josh Hazlewood will likely not be risked with the electric Jhye Richardson waiting in the wings.
Of course, weather could well play it’s part here again, though with such contrasting records in the pink-ball format of the game, the Aussie dominance at this ground and the evident gulf of class at the Gabba, it’s hard to see this not going the way of the hosts, and they look very good value considering.
AUSTRALIA TO WIN