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England’s quest to end 43-year-old jinx at The Gabba
Australia to win
Tournament: The Ashes, 2021-22 | Format: TEST | Venue: The Gabba, Brisbane, Australia | Toss: To BowlBet Now
The oldest cricket rivalry is all set to resume as Australia takes on England in the 1st game of The Ashes, 2021-22 at The Gabba, Brisbane. Both sides come here under pressure with an ordinary show in their last Test series. Australia lost the last series against an injury-hit Indian team, and they need to get over it. England also comes here after a poor show against India back home.
It would be a battle against history for England as they haven’t won a game at The Gabba since 1978 and no player in the squad was even born back then! Their top order isn’t settled, and this is likely to put more pressure on them here. The Australians have always done well at this venue, and they would look to regain their mojo after the poor show against India last summer.
Pat Cummins wouldn’t have dreamed of being in this role two weeks back, but an off-field controversy has forced regular skipper Tim Paine out of the side. The hosts could have done without this controversy ahead of the 1st Test Match. They would be under pressure having lost the last home series against India and a loss in this very ground after 32 years. Cummins would want his team to approach the game with a fresh mind and do well here.
David Warner and Marcus Harris would face the heat as both players don’t come with big scores in the last few Test Matches. Steve Smith and Marnus Labuschagne will have important roles in the middle order being the mainstay for the side with the bat. The hosts have good depth in the batting with Travis Head, Alex Carey, Cameron Green, and Cummins to follow. A lot would depend on how their batsmen apply themselves which they failed to do against India.
Mitchell Starc and Pat Cummins would share the new ball and they must deliver early blows to England’s struggling top order. Josh Hazlewood is expected to enjoy the conditions here and he must make the ball talk. Cameron Green must justify his selection as an all-rounder and get his first wicket in Test cricket. The old wizard Nathan Lyon will have to use his variations as the wicket isn’t likely to offer him much assistance.
Pat Cummins (c), Marcus Harris, David Warner, Marnus Labuschagne, Steve Smith, Travis Head, Cameron Green, Alex Carey (wk), Mitch Starc, Nathan Lyon, Josh Hazlewood
Pat Cummins, Marcus Harris, Mitchell Starc, Josh Hazlewood, Alex Carey, Nathan Lyon, Cameron Green, Steven Smith, David Warner, Travis Head, Marnus Labuschagne
Joe Root would like to put behind the disappointment of the last Ashes tour where his side suffered a 4-0 drubbing. The team hasn’t won a single game on their last two tours and comes here after a poor show against India at home. Their record at this venue has been dismal as the last victory here came 43 years ago! Root would have to clear his mind and focus on a good show from his team here to take an early lead.
The side would need Rory Burns and Dawid Malan are likely to open the innings for the side and they would have to see off the new ball. Haseeb Hameed will have to prove his skills and strengthen the middle order with skipper Joe Root. The side would also like to see a good show from its three-stroke makers Ben Stokes, Jonny Bairstow, and Jos Buttler down the order given the kind of strength the Aussies have with the ball.
Stuart Broad is likely to get picked up ahead of James Anderson and he would need to strike early in the company of Ollie Robinson. Robinson would have to make good use of his height on this wicket. Strokes and Mark Wood shall look to put up a strong show for the side given the strength the Aussies have in their batting. Jack Leach will see his role come into play as the ball gets old and do well along with Root.
Joe Root (c), Rory Burns, Haseeb Hameed, Dawid Malan, Ben Stokes, Jonny Bairstow, Jos Buttler (wk), Ollie Robinson, Mark Wood, Stuart Broad, Jack Leach
Joe Root, Jack Leach, Mark Wood, Ollie Pope, Ollie Robinson, Jos Buttler, Ben Stokes, Haseeb Hameed, CR Woakes, Rory Burns, Dawid Malan
The conditions are expected to be cloudy on Day 1 of the Test Match at Brisbane. Batsmen would struggle under these conditions as the ball would move around a lot. The track isn’t likely to offer much assistance for the spinners in the first three days. The side batting first would need to see off the 1st session without losing too many wickets to control the game.
The Gabba, Brisbane has been a happy hunting ground for the fast bowlers. The hard wicket generates lots of bounce and movement making it difficult for the batsmen. Batsmen have to spend time on this surface to do well. It is a difficult venue for the spinners as there isn’t much for them on this track in the first three days of the game. They must use their variations to get rewards here.
The last eight games at this venue have seen sides batting first lose. There is assistance for the fast bowlers early on during the game as the track eases from Day 2 onward. Both the captains would have this in their minds at the toss and the side winning it is likely to opt for bowling first.
It is the first game of the series and both sides would be eager for a win in the game. England has baggage of history to battle out at this venue. They have lost here by big margins in the past. The side has an unsettled opening combination, and this would add pressure on them. Australians play at home and but for their last game here, their record has been brilliant. With a strong fast bowling attack on this track, they are likely to start favorites here.
Australia to win
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