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Australia vs England, The Ashes 2021, Today Match Prediction

Melbourne Cricket Ground, Melbourne, Australia

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Toss Winner - Australia won the toss and chose to bowl first

England beat Australia by 14 runs

The Ashes retention in line for Australia in the third Test against timid England.

  • Australia won the second Ashes to go 2-0 up against the visitors at Adelaide.
  • England have now lost 11 of their last 12 Tests and a draw on the Australian soil.
  • England have now lost 11 of their last 12 Tests and a draw on the Australian soil.

We predict that Australia will defeat England.

Tournament: The Ashes, 2021-22 | Format: TEST | Venue: Melbourne Cricket Ground, Melbourne, Australia | Toss: To Bat

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A win in the second Ashes in absence of two mainstream bowlers - Skipper Pat Cummins and Josh Hazelwood showed that nothing is going wrong in the Australian camp. On the other side, the English team has become more predictable and is thrown into a slumber. Australia are now just one victory away from winning their 34th Ashes. They can accomplish it in the third Test to be played at the Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG) from Dec 26th from 5 am (IST) onwards.

It was indeed a close game that England stretched to all their capacity. Chasing 473 in the first innings, England barely managed to reach 236 with help from David Malan’s 80 and skipper Joe Root’s 62. Instead of opting out to force a follow-on, the hosts came to bat and set a target of 468. After the fall of the top-order, Jos Buttler and Chris Woakes showed some resistance to take the Test in the final session of the Test. But lost the battle by 275 runs with the fall of Buttler playing a poorly judged shot.

Aussie star-performer Marnus Labuschagne scored a hundred followed by a fifty in the second innings to take the player of the match award. He also moved to first place in the ICC Test Batsmen ranking. Hazelwood’s replacement Jhye Richardson took a fifer in the second innings to get a 2-0 advantage to Australia. With the win, Australia have now moved to first place with Sri Lanka in the ICC World Test Championship 2021-23. While England has now slumped to the second lost place with just 6 points in 6 games. In the last 12 Tests played in Australia, England have now lost 11 and drawn 1. Their poor record has made Australia Bookies’ first choice to win the third Ashes.

Australia Preview

What a start Australia is having for their ICC WTC campaign. Coach Justin Langer wouldn’t have thought such an easy pass from the English side after losing skipper Tim Paine to a controversy. His batting line-up has been super-strong. While his bowling unit is throwing all the fire irrespective of who is in the playing eleven. After all, winning comfortably under the absence of Pat Cummins and Josh Hazelwood is not everyone’s cup of tea.

David Warner missed his well-deserving century once again in the second Test. He will be ready to gear up with Marcus Harris. The Australian Management has decided to keep faith in underperforming Marcus Harris whose average has now dropped to 22.19 after the end of his 12th Test. Australia might go ahead with Usman Khwaja to open the innings instead of Harris who has 484 runs as an opener at an average of 96.8. Australia have found a strength in the middle order with Steve Smith and Travis Head and they will expect both to continue their forms in the third Ashes.

Cummins is set to make the comeback after missing the second Ashes. He will replace Michael Neser. But Josh Hazelwood will be missing from playing eleven once again after sustaining a side injury. Mitchell Starc twinged his ribs while batting in the second innings. But coach Justin Langer is confident to consider Starc in the team for the third Ashes. Scott Boland has been added to the squad as a backup following his stellar form (15 wickets in 2 matches) in the Sheffield Shield tournament. Jhye Richardson will continue to get more chances in absence of Hazelwood. 

Key Players: Marnus Labuschagne, Steve Smith, Pat Cummins

Australia Predicted Playing XI:

David Warner, Marcus Harris, Marnus Labuschagne, Steven Smith, Travis Head, Cameron Green, Alex Carey (wk), Pat Cummins (c), Mitchell Starc, Nathan Lyon, Jhye Richardson

Australia Key Players From Previous Game Of The Ashes, 2021-22

Batsmen
R
B
4s
6s
SRs
M Labuschagne
103
305
8
0
33.77
D Warner
95
167
11
0
56.89
S Smith
93
201
12
1
46.27
Bowlers
O
M
R
W
Econ
M Starc
16.1
6
37
4
2.29
N Lyon
28.0
11
58
3
2.07
C Green
10.0
3
24
2
2.4

Australia Actual Playing XI:

Pat Cummins, Scott Boland, Marcus Harris, Mitchell Starc, Alex Carey, Nathan Lyon, Cameron Green, Steven Smith, David Warner, Travis Head, Marnus Labuschagne

England Preview

England needs to figure out the strength while moving forward. They haven’t lost the Ashes yet. With a perfect balance of the top-order and bowling unit, there is still a chance for the visitors to make a comeback. Haseeb Hameed and Rory Burns will open for England as they won’t possibly go ahead with Zak Crawley. The underfiring openers are putting a strong responsibility on the shoulders of Root and David Malan which both have handled properly. Malan and Root are the only two standout top-order batters from the English camp.

Looks like Ben Stokes still needs the time to get back to his ability. England can trust his superpowers but should make a plan B in case he doesn’t perform again. One change that the visitors should need is to replace Ollie Pope with Jonny Bairstow. Pope’s average is well below 30 in his last few innings. Chris Woakes has surprised everyone with his batting skills. Though his bowling was not up to the mark in the second Ashes. Anderson and Stuart Broad will continue to lead the bowling department with Woakes and Ollie Robinson. 

Key Players: Joe Root, James Anderson, David Malan

England Predicted Playing XI:

Rory Burns, Haseeb Hameed, Dawid Malan, Joe Root (c), Ben Stokes, Jonny Bairstow, Jos Buttler (wk), Chris Woakes, Ollie Robinson, Mark Wood, Jack Leach

England Key Players From Previous Game Of The Ashes, 2021-22

Batsmen
R
B
4s
6s
SRs
D Malan
80
157
10
0
50.96
J Root
62
116
7
0
53.45
B Stokes
34
98
3
1
34.69
Bowlers
O
M
R
W
Econ
B Stokes
25.0
2
113
3
4.52
J Anderson
29.0
10
58
2
2
S Broad
26.0
6
73
1
2.81

England Actual Playing XI:

Jonny Bairstow, Joe Root, Jack Leach, Mark Wood, Zak Crawley, Ollie Robinson, Jos Buttler, James Anderson, Ben Stokes, Haseeb Hameed, Dawid Malan

HR
Temp
Rain
W. speed
W. direction
Clouds
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20
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3.14 k/h
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03h
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3.48 k/h
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06h
18
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3.36 k/h
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09h
17
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3.29 k/h
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12h
17
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2.85 k/h
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15h
20
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3.06 k/h
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18h
23
0 mm.
2.83 k/h
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0%
21h
24
0 mm.
1.67 k/h
From: W
0%

Weather Conditions

The weather will be partly cloudy on most of the days. The temperature will range between 12°C and 27°C with winds blowing at 13kmh to 23kmh. The MCG pitch is batting-friendly. The recent tests hosted by the ground suggest that the teams are struggling to put big scores on the table.

Venue Details

The match will be played at the Melbourne Cricket Ground. This will be the 114th Test hosted by the venue since it gave birth to Test cricket in 1877. Founded in 1854, the MCG has a capacity of over 100,000.

Toss: To Bat

In 114 Tests played so far, the team batting first has won 56 times while the team batting second has come out with 40 favorable outcomes. The average first innings score is 311. A team winning the toss should bat first.

The Aussies are driving the car in top gear. They didn’t struggle a bit in both games played so far. They didn’t get bothered a bit after losing their key players in the second Test. England, on the other side, is yet to show the grit to win. They look tired, timid, and slumped. A major overhaul is necessary for them to have any chance in the boxing day Test.

We predict that Australia will defeat England.

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