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01/12/17

The Ashes – 2nd Test

01/12/17
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2:00 PM (AEDST) Saturday, December 2 at the Adelaide Oval, Adelaide

The second test of the Ashes series between Australia and England will start on Saturday at the Adelaide Oval, with Australia up 1-0 in the series.
 

Likely Teams

Australia: Cameron Bancroft, David Warner, Usman Khawaja, Steve Smith, Peter Handscomb, Shaun Marsh, Tim Paine, Mitchell Starc, Pat Cummins, Nathan Lyon, Josh Hazlewood.
 
England: Alastair Cook, Mark Stoneman, James Vince, Joe Root, Dawid Malan, Moeen Ali, Jonny Bairstow, Chris Woakes, Jake Ball, Stuart Broad, James Anderson.
 

History

These two sides have met in 342 prior Tests, with Australia winning 141 Tests to England’s 108, while 93 have been drawn. On Australian soil there have been 176 Tests with Australia winning 92 to England’s 57 with 27 drawn. Australia won all of the last 6 Tests on home soil, however the last series in England was won by the home team.
 

Form

Aside from a dominant series win against Pakistan, last season was a horror one for Australia, which saw them lose all 3 Tests against Sri Lanka and the opening 2 Tests against South Africa. Australia won the dead rubber prior to the series win over Pakistan. They then won the opening test against India, before losing 2 of the last three, with the other game drawn, producing another lost series in the sub-continent. Australia then suffered a humiliating first test loss to Bangladesh, their first ever against Bangladesh. They won the second and their most recent Test. Australia had a steady start to this series before cantering away on day 5 to win by a commanding 10 wickets.
 
England ended last season poorly, also dropping a test to Bangladesh before losing the last 4 Tests against India. They began this season is vastly improved fashion, beating South Africa 3-1 and then the West Indies 2-1, with both series played on home soil. 27 of their last 44 Tests have been on home soil though. England showed plenty of grit in their first innings of this series, but their bowlers failed to take a wicket in the fourth innings, handing Australia an easy win in the end.
 

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Key Match-Up

England’s first change bowlers v Australia’s top order – Broad and Anderson have been very economical bowlers but they have not been supported by the rest of the attack. Australia’s openers chasing down the 173 runs required for victory, while Steve Smith scored an unbeaten century in the first innings.
 

Verdict

England haven’t won a series in Australia after losing the first test since 1979. Australia are confident and will be very tough to beat on a flat deck in Adelaide.
 

Recommended Tips

Australia $1.62
England $3.60
Draw $5.75
 

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