11:00 AM (AEDST) Thursday, November 23 at the Gabba, Brisbane
The first test of the Ashes series between Australia and England will begin on Thursday at the Brisbane Cricket Ground, with warm weather expected.
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.
These two sides have met in 341 prior Tests, with Australia winning 140 Tests to England’s 108, while 93 have been drawn. On Australian soil there have been 175 Tests with Australia winning 91 to England’s 57 with 27 drawn. Australia won all of the last 5 Tests on home soil, however the last series in England was won by the home team.
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.
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’s new batsmen v Australian pitches – England has several new players in their batting line up who will most certainly get tested with quick, short bowling frequently in this test, which will be a fast bowlers dream wicket.
The Gabba tends to be quite a hoodoo ground for visiting sides. There have been 20 Ashes Tests here and Australia has won 11 to England’s paltry 4 wins. Australia should win here.