Who Will Win England vs Australia 1st Test, Ashes 2019.?
England have been basking in the World Cup glory for the last couple of weeks but now it's time for them to turn their attention towards the Ashes - the biggest rivalry in test cricket. The hosts will look to regain the urn from Australia who had dominated them in the previous edition Down Under. Their preparations for this marquee tournament, however, did not go as per their liking as they found themselves struggling at one stage in the recent four-day test against Ireland at the Lord's, and that game would have served as an eye-opener for them.
The 71st edition of the Ashes will kick-off from August 1 with the opening test at the Edgbaston in Birmingham. This is the same venue where the two teams faced-off in the World Cup semi-final not long ago and the Aussies will want to avenge their humiliating loss from that game. Live telecast of the first Ashes test is scheduled to begin at 11 AM local time each day of the match.
ENG vs AUS, Ashes 2019.: Where to watch/Live streaming
TV channels: Sky Sports Cricket, Now TV, Fox Sports, Channel 7, Sony Six
Live Streaming: Bet365, Sky Go, SonyLIV
ENG vs AUS Toss Prediction
Decision-making is not going to be easy for a captain upon winning the toss on Thursday. While the last three test matches played at this ground have all been won by the side batting first, the dicey weather conditions could tempt the toss-winning skipper in opting to bowl first instead.
ENG vs AUS Weather Report
The first Ashes test could be affected by rain as intermittent showers have been forecast throughout the match. The meteorological department is expecting thundery downpours on the eve of the match. Thursday is likely to be windy with plenty of cloud cover while Friday could see a few rain interruptions. The weather will be cool for all the five days with temperatures as high as 20-21 degrees Celsius.
ENG vs AUS Pitch Condition
The pitch at Edgbaston has generally been good for batting early on with 308 being the average first-innings score in tests. However, there could be moisture underneath the surface due to the expected overnight showers and that should mean plenty of movement for the seam bowlers, especially during the first session with the new ball.
Read on for team previews, betting odds, betting tips and predictions for England vs Australia 1st Test, Ashes 2019...
England Team News & Playing 11
ENG Team News
England have picked fast bowler Jofra Archer in their 14-man squad to take on Australia in the first Ashes test. However, he might not be unleashed straight away and would have to wait a little longer for his test debut. Chris Woakes is more likely to be given the nod for the role of third seamer with Stuart Broad and James Anderson confirmed to lead England's bowling attack. Jos Buttler and Ben Stokes, who were rested for the four-day test against Ireland, have returned. The hosts are expected to open their batting with Jason Roy and Rory Burns while Joe Denly could be brought in to solve the team's prolonged number three problem followed by skipper Joe Root at four.
ENG Key Players
Joe Root: With a healthy batting average of 49.51 in test cricket, Root is the rock of this English batting line-up. The skipper has scored the most runs at the Edgbaston from the current squad - 396 runs which includes a century and three fifties from four test matches.
James Anderson: The name itself is enough to strike fear into the opposition's batting group. The veteran swing bowler, with 575 wickets under his belt, is the leading wicket-taker for England in tests. He has also taken the most wickets at this ground - 44 (including a couple of fifers) in 10 matches.
Ben Stokes: The hero of England’s World Cup final is a danger man whether he has the bat or the ball in his hand. The all-rounder has six test centuries and a double hundred to his name in addition to picking 127 wickets (including four five-wicket hauls) in 52 matches.
ENG Recent Form
England have won three of their last four test series and have won ten of their last thirteen matches in the The Ashes format. After drawing 1-1 with Pakistan in a two-match series at home, they thrashed India 4-1 in another home series before heading off to Sri Lanka where they swept the hosts in a three-test series. Their next test assignment came in the West Indies where they suffered a shock 1-2 loss. England's most recent test encounter came only last week against minnows Ireland at the Lord's and they ended up winning the match by 143 runs.
England Predicted Playing 11
Jason Roy, Rory Burns, Joe Denly, Joe Root (c), Jos Buttler, Ben Stokes, Jonny Bairstow (wk), Moeen Ali, Chris Woakes, Stuart Broad, James Anderson
Australia Team News & Playing 11
AUS Team News
David Warner, Steven Smith and Cameron Bancroft have returned to the Australian test setup following their completion of the ball-tampering ban. Wicketkeeper Matthew Wade, pace bowler James Pattinson and all-rounder Mitchell Marsh have also been called up to the 17-man squad. Nathan Lyon is the lone specialist spinner in the side and a confirmed starter for this opening game along with James Pattinson, Pat Cummins, Steven Smith, skipper Tim Paine and Usman Khawaja who has now been cleared fit to play. Mitchell Starc, Josh Hazlewood and Peter Siddle are fighting for the third seamer spot and it is Starc who will likely be the selectors' preference. Australia are also faced with the opener conundrum - they are yet to take a decision on David Warner's partner and will have to choose between Marcus Harris and Cameron Bancroft.
AUS Key Players
David Warner: The opener is a key man for Australia irrespective of the format. He will be stepping into the test arena for the first time after the completion of his ban and will have a point to prove. Warner was the second-best batsman in the World Cup having scored 647 runs in 10 matches and he will look to translate his ODI success to the longest format.
Steven Smith: Like David Warner, Smith too will be playing his first test match since the ball-tampering scandal in South Africa last year. The Edgbaston crowd is likely to boo him but that would only pump him up. The world number four test batsman has scored 6199 runs in the format which includes 23 centuries and 24 half-centuries.
Pat Cummins: The Australian quick is the world's best bowler in test cricket with 94 wickets (7 four-fers and 4 fifers) in 20 matches. He finished as the leading wicket-taker in Australia's previous test series against Sri Lanka with 14 wickets that even included a ten-wicket haul.
AUS Recent Form
Australia have not been as consistent as England when it comes to the longest format of the game. They have won only three and lost six of their last ten test series and have been able to win only three of their last eleven matches. After drubbing England in the Ashes series last year, the Aussies lost their next three series on the trot - in South Africa (1-3), against Pakistan in the UAE (0-1) and India at home (1-2). They, however, dominated Sri Lanka 2-0 at home in their most recent test series played earlier this year in January-February.
Australia Predicted Playing 11
David Warner, Marcus Harris/Cameron Bancroft, Usman Khawaja, Steven Smith, Tim Paine (c/wk), Travis Head, Mitchell Marsh, James Pattinson, Pat Cummins, Nathan Lyon, Mitchell Starc
England to beat Australia at 1.95 with Betway and 1.90 with Bet365 and Betrally.