Ashes 2021/22: What can we expect?
The legendary men’s Test cricket Ashes series between England and Australia is just round the corner, starting on December 8 in Brisbane. For the first time since 1994 – 95, the final Test of one of the biggest competitions in cricket will be held in Perth.
The second Test will take place in Adelaide from December 16 – 20, and the third Test at the MCG in Melbourne on December 26 – 30.
The fourth test will take place in Sydney on January 5 – 9, prior to a potential decider in Perth on January 14 – 18.
The Ashes’ story dates to 1882 when England were defeated at home at the Oval by Australia for the first time. England’s loss shocked the work of cricket, prompting the newspaper, The Sporting Times, to publish a satirical story on the “death of English cricket.”
The paper wrote that English cricket would burn, and the ashes sent to Australia. Henceforth, the titled the ‘Ashes’ was born. The series of matches between England and Australia is one of the longest-running rivalries in the sporting world, with the two nations meeting approximately every two years.
Australia are the favourites
Australia is flying high on the back of their T20 World Cup win over New Zealand and hope to maintain the Ashes after they retained the urn in 2019, following a 2-2 series draw.
After England announced their Test squad in October, former Australian captain Allan Border and New Zealand born former Australian cricketer Brendon Julian estimated England is heading for a comfortable defeat against Australia.
Though others have warned not to write England off, such as Mike Hussey, who believes Australia should approach the series with caution, with England captain Joe Root being in his best career form.
During a conversation with SEN Radio, Australian international cricketer and a former captain of the Australian national team, David Warner, made a definitive prediction that Australia will beat England by 4 – 0. Though Warner admitted, it will still be a challenging competition.
“This series is going to be challenging. Glenn McGrath would have loved 5-0, but considering the weather, I would go with a 4-0 win for Australia,” said Warner.
Former England batter and now commentator David Lloyd wasn’t as generous to England in his prediction, forecasting that England will lose down under 5 – 0.
According to Lloyd, England have picked a team of “blockers, medium-pacers and short finger-spinners” and the “writing is pretty much on the wall.”
“I always used to chuckle when Glenn McGrath came out like clockwork with his Ashes prediction of 5-0. But this time I agree with him. To say that I was surprised when I saw the squad England had picked to go to Australia would be an understatement — I was absolutely flabbergasted,” said Lloyd.
Whatever the outcome, the impending five-match cricket series between these two old rivals promises to be an entertaining showdown down under.
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