|England's Ashes squad|
It was only a couple of months ago that England beat Australia 3-0 and retained the Ashes. Now it’s time for them to defend it again as they prepare to face Australia in their own backyard. The Australians will try their utmost to turn around what has been a poor spell for them and regain some pride after being humbled by England. The visitors will also look to carry on their good form and put on a good show Down Under.
|Australia have plenty to think about|
Australia being the hosts have the luxury of not having to announce their squad early and keep the opposition in suspense. It would be interesting to see how they shape up and whether they would look to field a similar line-up to the ones they did in England. Once again, a lot would depend on the form and fitness of their captain Michael Clarke and the performances of senior players like Watson, Warner and Haddin. The recent displays by middle-order batsman George Bailey, who has been in scintillating form of late, would be encouraging. The bowling attack looks to be shaky with most of their top players out with injury and it remains to be seen who leads the attack. It is make-or- break for the Aussies as they look to establish themselves once again as a leading Test nation.
The mind games have already begun with Shane Warne criticising Cook’s captaincy and the England captain letting his bat do the talking in the game against Australia-A where he notched up his 45th First-class century. The visitors have also been under the scanner for handing in a long list of catering demands which has not gone down well with Australians, who are ready to scrutinise their opponents’ every move. With both teams charged up and ready to battle it out in the middle, spectators should be in for a treat as the first Test gets under way on 21st November. It’s going to be tough competition on the field and let’s hope it brings an end to the debate and questions such as, “should Broad have walked?”