The greatest of all cricketing events – the Ashes series between Australia and England – gets underway tomorrow at the Gabba in Brisbane. Any cricket fan will tell you that the Gabba is Australia’s fortress. They have not lost a single one of their last 28 tests here. They have won 21 and drawn the remaining seven. So, in a Cricket Betting point of view, it is certainly advantage Australia. They will start as the favorite for winning here. But England have shown remarkable resilience in recent times, making this an even contest. Perhaps this will be the most even Ashes in recent memory.
Australia – Preview
Australia’s strength for this test is their pace bowling attack. Mitchell Starc, Pat Cummins and Josh Hazlewood represent the best pace men in international cricket. If they cannot wreck havoc in Gabba, nobody can. England’s batting line-up not much experienced, except for skipper Joe Root and opener Alastair Cook. England do have a long batting order. But it does not look strong enough to survive the assault of Starc and company.
It is almost certain that Australian bowlers will do well. But doubts exist about their batting order. Apart from David Warner and Steven Smith, none of the other batsmen have the confidence of repeated success. This is a chance for somebody like Usman Khawaja to establish himself as an integral part of this batting line-up. If he does well, Australia will justify the favorite tag in cricket betting.
Preview – England
England will start as underdogs. A lot will depend on how their experienced, but aging bowling attack fares at the Gabba. James Anderson, Sturat Broad and Chris Woakes have the skill and guile. But do they have the pace to blow away the Australian batting line-up. The contest between Australian batsmen and England’s bowlers will determine the match’s outcome.
Further, England will need consistently good performance from Root and Cook. The rest of the top order – comprising Mark Stoneman, Gary Balance, James Vince and Dawid Malan – are bit too inexperienced. Moeen Ali and Jonny Bairstow can make useful contributions. But the top order will have to make a substantial contribution if England are to win this match.