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Australia v England Ashes 2nd Test Preview and Predictions - England to revel in day-nighter?

Rippa Staff 1 Dec 2017
  • Australia won the opening test by 10 wickets
  • The two sides make history with a first day-night Ashes test

What is the Ashes if there is no tension and no drama? Australia won an incident packed first test and the teams now move to Adelaide for a historic first as the Ashes will witness the first-ever day-night Test from Saturday, December 2.

The first Magellan 2017-18 Ashes Test lived up to the potential by throwing up a keenly contested encounter. The ten-wicket win for the hosts belied the true competitive closeness of the match.

Match Preview


Australia were probably one wicket away from giving away a substantial lead to England at the Gabba. That they eventually got a lead and went on to win the Test is a testimony to what Steve Smith did with the bat in the first-innings and the bowlers did in the second-innings.

There was very little to choose between the two sides regardless of what the dominant result suggests. The form of David Warner and Cameron Bancroft is a huge boost for the hosts who will look for more decisive runs from their top-order.

Australia’s bowling was the difference at the Gabba as the pace trio found pace and disconcerting bounce to unsettle the visiting batsmen. But, the real hero with the ball was Nathan Lyon, who was unplayable most of the times.

To be fair to the visitors, they came well prepared for the Gabba Test and threw everything meticulously at an unsettled Australia side for the first three days. It was an absorbing battle of attrition that saw England edge ahead, only to be brought crashing back by a Steve Smith epic innings.

Where should England improve? Their batting collapse in the second-innings showed their vulnerability, something which the Aussies exploited perfectly. It is also vital for Joe Root to get runs from Alastair Cook.

Bowling too was impressive in patches but the Gabba Test once again showed that England are a two-man attack. Beyond James Anderson and Stuart Broad, the visitors lacked pace options to test the hosts’ batting. The finger injury to Moeen Ali didn’t help matters either.

But, the day-night Test and the swing conditions on offer at Adelaide make this match the best chance for England to make a comeback. Can the visitors lap it up?

Line-ups


Australia face a tricky question on Chadd Sayers. Who would he replace – Pat Cummins or Josh Hazlewood?

England have to decide if they carry Jake Ball, but chances are high that he may be replaced. Don’t be surprised if it’s Mark Wood or George Garton.

Stats


Australia have a great record at the Adelaide Oval in 75 Tests (W39, D19, L17). Their last loss here came in 2010, incidentally to England. In the last 13 matches here, that was the only defeat for Australia (W9, D3).

England’s record at Adelaide doesn’t make pretty reading. In 31 matches, England has a record of W17, D5, L9. Their last win was in 2010 which was a historic win led by Kevin Pietersen’s double-century.

But, this will be the first Ashes day-night match. Australia played two ‘Pink Tests’ in Adelaide against New Zealand and South Africa, winning both. England made their debut under the lights against West Indies, winning it handsomely by an innings.

Predictions and Tips


This is England’s best chance to win. Back the visitors at odds of $3.75 (William Hill).

Conditions should suit Anderson better in Adelaide than at the Gabba. Back him to be the top England bowler at odds of $3.50 (CrownBet).

Smith should once again be among runs. Back him to score a fifty in the first innings at odds of $2.00 (Ladbrokes).


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