Visitors face Australia in first-ever day-night five-day encounter in Adelaide from Saturday
England will be looking to bounce back from the Gabba defeat when they will face Australia in the first-ever Ashes Test, starting from Saturday in Adelaide.
The past week have not been great for the visitors, and the news of all-rounders Moeen Ali’s finger injury means things are bound to get tougher.
Captain Joe Root have already confirmed that the team management will assess Moeen’s condition on the first morning of the match, which means his participation remains a major doubt.Even if the 30-year-old will take part in the Adelaide Test, which he can purely as a batsman, means the possibility of young spinner Craig Overton’s debut is likely come Saturday.
The batting department of the visitors will be depending on captain Joe root and veteran opener Alastair Cook, who failed miserably in the opening game of the series.The team management will be hoping that the left-hander will return to form, which can ease the pressure on the rest of the batting lineup as well.
In the bowling department, however, there are no major shakeups expected which means Jake Ball, who was under pressure after disappointing performance in Brisbane will have another chance to redeem himself. For the hosts, things looks settled to say the least, which is why the team management have already announced their playing eleven.In the batting department, the focus will be once again on captain Steve Smith to lead from the front, who was in top form at the Gabba.
However, the 28-year-old will hope that his deputy David Warner, who produced astonishing 87 in the first Test, deliver from the top, which can ease pressure of him and the rest of players in the dressing room. In the bowling department, the team will be depending on the pace trio of Mitchell Starc, Josh Hazlewood and Pat Cummins, who were instrumental in first Test’s victory.
But Australia’s real weapon will be once again off-spinner Nathan Lyon, who showed his worth in the second innings in series opener.The pitch is expected to be helpful for both the batters and bowlers, whereas the weather is expected to stay fine throughout with a little rain expected on the first day.