Just about a month ago most cricketing pundits agreed that England needs to find out answers of too many questions before heading for much awaited Ashes 2017-18 campaign down under. And England’s problem just grew in numbers before the start of the first test at Gabba. Losing Ben Stokes and Toby Roland Jones before the unveiling of Ashes squad and then injury to Moen Ali and Steven Fin hurts the chances of England win.
England who are still looking to find an opening partner for Alistair Cook and then vulnerability of number three spot still creating problems in England camp; adding all these woes many cricketing experts happily put their weight in Australian pan for the win but things have changed since then and England’s chances becoming brighter as soon as Australia named their test squad for the first two test matches of Ashes 2017-18.
Currently Australia is not the team which we used to see 3-4 years back, with many players are not sure of their places or making a comeback in international arena; this has made it evident that there is bit of unsettlement in Australian camp.
Australia have recalled wicket keeper Tim Paine almost after 7 years in wilderness, then there is unfulfilled talent Shaun Marsh who is making yet another come back in Australian side. Chadd Sayers and Cameron Bancroft getting their maiden call up to test side shows the inexperience and bit of insecurity in Australian line up
All these vulnerabilities of both sides making putting chances of winning in balance for both the outfits. Australia is not enjoying any edge over England other than the home ground effect which they need to use effectively if they want to put England under pressure early.
Ashes 2017-18 campaign will mark the beginning of new era for both England and Australian team as both team are captained by the best batting talents available in world cricket. Two from the fantastic four (Smith, Kohli, Willaimson and Root) needs to show their mettle.
After a long time we will witness an Ashes campaign without the star power, lesser aggression and hostility. Other than Smith, Warner and Starc from Australia and Root, Broad and Anderson from England all other players still new and trying to make their mark in international cricket.
Let’s hope that this Ashes 2017-18 battle will bring same amount of action and exciting cricket that we used to associate with ashes in the past.
Australia Ashes Test Squad (1st & 2nd Test):
Steven Smith(c), David Warner, Cameron Bancroft, Usman Khawaja, Peter Handscomb, Shaun Marsh, Tim Paine, Mitchell Starc, Pat Cummins, Josh Hazlewood, Jackson Bird, Chadd Sayers, Nathan Lyon
England Ashes Test Squad:
Joe Root(c), Alastair Cook, Mark Stoneman, Dawid Malan, , James Vince, Gary Ballance, Moeen Ali, Jonny Bairstow, Mason Crane, Ben Foakes, Chris Woakes, Stuart Broad, James Anderson, Jake Ball, Craig Overton, Tom Curran