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Australia to start favourites to win third Ashes test at Edgbaston

Suneer Chowdhary 26 Jul 2015
  • Australia to start as favourites for the test
  • The series is level at 1-1
  • Australia levelled the scores with victory at Lord's
Who will win the third test?

Australia will go into the third Ashes test as clear favourites to take the series lead at Edgbaston.

The Ashes will resume on Wednesday when England and Australia clash in Birmingham with the series is level at 1-1 after two matches. It is Australia who have the momentum after a dominant victory in the second test at Lord's.

While England recorded what seemed like a big victory in the first test match at Cardiff, Australia recorded a landslide victory at Lord’s. The toss played a big factor in the first two games with England and Australia using it to their advantage.

Australia have not won an Ashes series in England since 2001 and Michael Clarke and company may start to think that this is their year after all.

With all the changing and chopping that has gone on in the upper echelons of the ECB as well as the England team, Clarke could be right to think that this is the time that the strength and the unity of this Australian team will tell on the hosts.

England will take inspiration from that momentous comeback in 2005 when they were 1-0 down after the first Test that is a part of Ashes folklore now. On that occasion, Michael Vaughan’s England side showed just how good they were with Andrew Flintoff and Kevin Pietersen leading from the front.

While Australia are likely to make a change to their lineup with Brad Haddin replacing Peter Nevill in the lineup if he is fit, England have dropped Gary Ballance from the squad with Jonny Bairstow taking his place in the side. 

The latter has been in superb form in county cricket off late but facing Mitchell Johnson & Co. will be a different proposition altogether. Steve Finn may also get a sniff into the side with Mark Wood the most likely to sit out if that decision is made.

The biggest mystery about the ongoing Ashes series has been the kind of pitches on which the matches have been played. It is safe to say that one would not have come across such dead pitches bereft of any grass in this part of the world in the recent past. 

Former England captain Nasser Hussain had quipped at the end of the second Test that playing on such pitches is playing into the hands of the Australians.

Skipper Alastair Cook had also moaned about the state of the pitches in his post-match comments after the Lord’s Test and outlined his desire to have wickets that will help his quicker bowlers. 

It is about time that England actually played to their strengths by preparing a pitch which will pose a challenge for the visiting Australian team and make home advantage count. Whether that will happen remains to be seen.

Although Australia have all the momentum in the world right now, if Cook and England’s fast bowlers get their wish of an authentic English wicket, it will be difficult for the visitors to outplay the hosts.


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