The Ashes 2021: The First Test, All you need to know

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Ever since the inception of the game of Cricket, it has attracted the love and support of countries all across the globe and has now become one of the majorly loved sports in the World. The game has become so popular and likeable that it is now seriously being considered to have a permanent spot even in the Olympics set-up.

So a sport that is played in so many countries and has so many fans across the World, is bound to have some huge rivalries between various nations and teams as the years go by. But as far as rivalries in the game of Cricket go, the Ashes rivalry between Australia and England is undoubtedly one of the oldest and the biggest rivalries the sport of Cricket has ever seen and will ever see. Period.

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On the eve of the day before the test, there is a certain level of buzz and excitement regarding the series from cricket fans all across the World. When you are served with such a rivalry in the longest and undoubtedly the best format of Cricket, and that too with two huge teams like Australia and England, it makes up for a mouth-watering feast. And one cannot be judged for being too excited about this one. When the best Test Batsman Joe Root is locking horns with the best Test bowler – Pat Cummins and both of them are the captains of their teams, you know, it’s the test of the best. Enjoy the Cricket and just forget the rest.

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England are World‘s no 1 team when it comes to ODI Cricket and now that Australia have won the T20 World Cup just recently, it makes this a battle of supremacy where the scores are tied at 1-1. However, there are obviously some bonus points for winning in Test Cricket and the points and the value of that win increases by many times when the series in question is The Ashes.

Pitch Condition and Weather Report 

Now coming to the pitch conditions before we move on to the team selections by both of these teams. But we just have one stat for you that might blow you away. England last won a test match at the Gabba, Brisbane in 1984 when Sir Ian Botham managed to score a game changing 138. So England will really have to play out of their socks to get something from the first test.

But hey a young Indian Team just raided this very Gabba fortress just at the beginning of the year. So never say never Joe Root.

The pitch in Gabba is expected to be just like the pitch in Gabba. Cliche right?

But that’s alright because there will be that typical bounce in this wicket and it should quicken as the days go by. However due to prolonged rain, the pitch has stayed mostly under the covers. So that extra green tinge should not be there. However the conditions are set to be overcast for the first three days which means that the ball will definitely do a lot more. But for the last two days of the test, the weather is expected to get clear which ensures that we will get a result.

Ashes 2021: England’s playing XI & Australia’s playing XI

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England’s Probable Playing XI Rory Burns, Haseeb Hameed, Dawid Malan, Joe Root (c), Ben Stokes, Ollie Pope, Jos Buttler (wk), Chris Woakes, Ollie Robinson, Mark Wood, Stuart Broad/Jack Leach 

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Australia’s Playing XI Marcus Harris, David Warner, Marnus Labuschagne, Steve Smith, Travis Head, Cameron Green, Alex Carey (wk), Pat Cummins (c), Mitchell Starc, Nathan Lyon, Josh Hazlewood.

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