New Delhi. After the World Test Championship Final, now it is the turn of Ashes 2023, in which 2 traditional rivals Australia and England (England vs Australia) will play 2-2 in the 5 Test series from 16th June. Australia, after easily winning the WTC final against Team India, is confident of thrashing England in the Ashes as well. There are reasons for this belief as well. Pat Cummins’s team is in excellent form at the moment. Apart from this, he also has the psychological advantage of defeating England by a huge margin of 4-0 in the Ashes series 2021-22. Travis Head, who was the player of the match after scoring 163 runs in the first innings of the WTC final, also had a great run with the bat in the Ashes series. He scored the highest 357 runs at an average of 59.50 and a strike rate of 86.02, with 2 centuries and 1 half-century.
Even though England is hosting the Ashes this time, but it is not going to be easy for England to beat Australia even on their grounds. For this, Captain Ben Stokes and coach Brendon McCullum, the supporters of Bazball cricket, will have to motivate their players for extraordinary performance.
Anderson-Broad saved the shame in the fourth Test
Talking about the Ashes series of 2021-22, it could barely escape a clean sweep in England. After losing badly in the first 3 Tests, he was able to draw the fourth match thanks to the batting skills of the last pair, James Anderson and Stuart Broad. In response to the target of 388 runs, England lost the 9th wicket in the form of Jack Leach in the 100th over in the second innings, but Anderson-Broad saved the team from embarrassment by not losing their wickets in the remaining 2 overs. The 5th Test was won by 146 runs.
5 from Australia, one century from England
The Ashes series 2021-22 proved to be a mismatch between Australia and England in both batting and bowling. While Australia scored 5 centuries in the series, a batsman from England scored a century. Australia’s Travis Head and Usman Khawaja scored 2-2 in the series and Marnus Lubashan scored hundreds. Only Johnny Bairstow was able to reach 3 points from England.
The trio of Cummins, Stork and Boland went on in bowling
In bowling, the trio of Pat Cummins, Mitchell Starc and Scott Boland wreaked havoc on England’s batsmen. Cummins took 21 wickets in 4 matches at an average of 18.04 while Starc took 19 in 5 matches and Boland 18 in three matches. Took wickets. Mac Wood, who took 17 wickets in 4 matches for England, was the most successful bowler.
FIRST PUBLISHED : June 14, 2023