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We’re only one Ashes Evaluation deep this summer, and England are staring down the barrel: Australia look more powerful in all sections, and if Joe Root’s guys succumb to the older foe at Lord’s—a floor where they have always fought —then they could kiss the urn goodbye.
The Edgbaston Test was a worrying wake-up call; England were outperformed using the ball (particularly from the spinning department) and outperformed by Australia’s supposedly shaky top-order.
England have only beaten Australia twice at Lord’s in Test matches because 1934, and although I would really like to dive into why England can withstand history, beat Australia and claw themselves back to the show, it is looking as though the weather will have the last laugh.
Wednesday (the opening day) looks like a total washout, since does Saturday, while Friday’s prediction is hit-and-miss at best. Obviously, I don’t have any doubt England are capable of dropping Australia in 2 weeks (just consider the way they achieved against Ireland for large parts of the suit ), but considering the amount of rain forecast, it is hard to pass up 16/11 on a draw.
Two of Root’s games as England skipper have ended in draws—emphasizing the cut-and-thrust nature of the present aspect —but I’d expect to see a different come Sunday.
My initial player-based tip is for Mitchell Starc to be top Australian bowler in their first innings.
Starc was not picked for the very first Test—a great move considering the outcome —although the Aussies are trying to adopt a horses-for-courses strategy this series, meaning Starc’s choice for this game is really a no-brainer.
In little over 54 overs bowled at the Home of Cricket in all formats, the Aussie left-armer has claimed 12 scalps; Starc is a master exponent of this Lord’s incline, bringing the ball into right-handed batsmen looking to snare them LBW, and contemplating five of England’s top seven right-handers, that tip has a lot of promise.
Even the 29-year-old ran riot against England at Lord’s at the World Cup, and that I could envisage a similar scenario this time around.
Priced at a gigantic 3/1, I have Chris Woakes as best England bowler.
There is one simple reason for this: Woakes has taken 24 Test wickets at Lord’s at an average of 9.75. Those figures are absolutely sensational.
Requirements will probably favour the seamers, so obviously Stuart Broad is a big player in this marketplace (90 wickets @27.22 at Lord’s) although Jofra Archer would be the best wildcard, but 3/1 is far too big a price for Woakes inside this second Exam.
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