The Ashes are one of the prestigious Test series that documents the historic rivalry between Australia and England. The Aussies are set to host the Brits in the five-match Test series. The 1st Test Match, starting from December 8 is set to be hosted by The Gabba in Brisbane.
Australian cricket is set to usher a new era. The speedster Pat Cummins is set to make his debut as the team’s skipper. It will be a historic moment as a pace bowler will lead the Aussie side for the first time in 65 years. There will be a new man behind the stumps in Alex Carey. But it is the same formidable attack that won 4-0 four years ago, while David Warner, Marnus Labuschagne, and Steven Smith all play at their best at home conditions.
The board green signaled Mitchell Starc ahead of Jhye Richardson and Nathan Lyon, who will be the only spinner in the line-up.
Full playing XI of Australia for the first Ashes Test:
David Warner, Marcus Harris, Marnus Labuschagne, Steve Smith, Travis Head, Cameron Green, Alex Carey, Pat Cummins (capt), Nathan Lyon, Josh Hazlewood, Mitchell Starc.
Meanwhile, England will be searching for their first victory on Australian soil since 2011. England have had forgettable outings in Australia in their last two visits. They were previously whitewashed by the home side in the 2013-14 season and lost 0-4 in 2017-18. England skipper Joe Root will be under massive pressure to deliver and regain the Ashes. Ben Stokes has returned to the playing XI Veteran pacer James Anderson has been rested for the first Test.
England’s 12-man squad for the first Ashes Test:
Joe Root (c), Stuart Broad, Rory Burns, Jos Buttler (wk), Haseeb Hameed, Jack Leach, Dawid Malan, Ollie Pope, Ollie Robinson, Ben Stokes, Chris Woakes, Mark Wood.
WAGING ODDS: AUSTRALIA (1.80) VS ENGLAND (5.50) DRAW(2.87)
Australia are the favorites and are priced at 1.80 meaning if you bet ₹100 on them and if they win the match, you’ll be making ₹180.
England are the underdogs and priced at 5.50 meaning if you bet ₹100 on them and if they win the match, you’ll be making ₹550.
The odds for a draw are placed at 2.87. Betting ₹100 on it will earn you ₹287 if the match is drawn.
England’s chances of winning the Ashes have increased after some major inclusions. However, their batting still looks feeble, given their recent form. Australia will be eyeing to capture the win on home soil. Heavy thunderstorms are expected on the first,second, and third days of the Test while clear weather is expected on the fourth and fifth days. The contest might end in a draw.