AUS vs ENG Dream11 Prediction : England look to build on the momentum of their CWC triumph while Australia look to retain the Ashes title starting today
Ever since the Cricket World Cup came to the conclusion, the one series the entire cricketing fraternity has been eyeing up is the momentous clash between England and Australia. And we finally welcome the Ashes series starting today with two of the biggest and oldest rivals in the arena squaring off against each other for the first of five competitive and feisty test matches to be contested between the two sides.
Whilst little is needed to add to the intrigue and enthrallment of this series, the fact that both these outfits are stronger than ever is set to revel us in a riveting brand of cricket over the course of the next couple of months. England enter the fray having won their first ever ODI WC, a triumph the side will be looking to use as a platform and emulate the same performances in the longest format of the game.
Elsewhere, while Australia were trounced by England in the semi-final of the CWC, the side is a rejuvenated outfit, one a complete opposite of the spate it found itself embroiled in a year back. With Steve Smith and David Warner set to play their first ever test match after serving out a yearlong ban and several domestic star performers entering Australia’s squad, the side is expected to make things extremely tough for the hosts as they look to retain the glistening trophy.
Pitch Conditions And Toss
The last time the pitch made an appearance before it was subsequently covered as rain made an advent, there was a decent amount of grass cover left on the surface. With Joe Root citing that the surfaces available across the series would assist the pacers, expect this wicket to be a conventional English wicket, one where the pacers will see the ball frisk about.
Paired with overcast conditions, this surface makes for one where the side winning the toss will be looking to step out and bat first.
Probable Playing 11
- Usman Khawaja has been declared fit by Australia, recovering from his injury that kept him out of the CWC.
- While England have confirmed their playing 11 for the match, Australia are yet to do so.
Rory Burns, Jason Roy, Joe Root (c), Joe Denly, Jos Buttler, Ben Stokes, Jonny Bairstow, Moeen Ali, Chris Woakes, Stuart Broad, James Anderson
Cameron Bancroft, David Warner, Usman Khawaja, Steve Smith, Travis Head, Tim Paine (C & WK), Pat Cummins, Nathan Lyon, James Pattinson, Jos Hazlewood, Peter Siddle
England vs Australia Match Prediction
Given the conditions promised and England’s formidable pace trivalent, we are going to be siding with the hosts over here. Not only are they better acclimatised with the conditions at hand but have more depth in their batting order, one which goes down till Chris Woakes, something which will serve the side fruitfully in this one.
Expect England to win this test match, one which is set to be decided by extremely fine margins and take a 1-0 lead in the series.
Match: England Vs Australia
Date And Time: 1st August, Thursday- 3:30pm IST
Venue: Edgbaston, Birmingham
Where To Watch: Sony Six/HD
- Joe Root, James Anderson, Stuart Broad, Chris Woakes
- Steve Smith, Jos Hazlewood, David Warner, Nathan Lyon
Dream 11 Picks
Wicket-Keepers for AUS vs ENG Dream11
Australia’s captain Tim Paine is our pick for this one with the middle-order batsman set to act as his side’s fulcrum in this one. This is going to be a wicket where someone is going to be needed to hold fort in the middle part of the innings and Paine with 192 runs in 5 matches against England promises to be a safe pick to include.
Batsmen for AUS vs ENG Dream11
With England having confirmed that captain Joe Root will be playing in the number 3 spot for this series, the massive responsibility which the side have nailed on him is apparent. And he’s someone who loves taking accountability, a specialist batsman who is bound to stick it out amongst treacherous batting conditions and score big for his side in this one.
23 matches, 2,026 runs at an average of 56 against England and Steve Smith has more often than not always delivered for England. He was consistent in the World Cup, scoring some good runs in similar conditions and will be one of Australia’s main batsmen if they are to go on and post a challenging score for England in this match.
Our third pick was a decision between David Warner and Cameron Bancroft for this one given the heavy right hand bowling unit England have at their disposal. They are bound to move the ball away from Warner who is known to tentatively fetch at deliverers, something he showed in the WC. We see Bancroft being more well-versed to play the home side’s pacers especially with him having an average of 43 for Durham.
All-Rounders for AUS vs ENG Dream11
We have gone in with two all-rounders over here, both coming in from England with us bringing in Ben Stokes and Moeen Ali. Both will get a good amount of overs to bowl in the middle and with these two capable of adding a good number of runs to their side’s total as make, they make for picks to have in our Dream 11 side for this encounter.
Bowling Order for AUS vs ENG Dream11
Our most heavily packed segment, we have indulged in five worldclass bowlers for this encounter with all of them being pacers. The entire trio for England marauds into our playing 11 with James Anderson, Stuart Broad and Chris Woakes are all being opted by us.
With James Anderson playing in this match, returning after an injury, the bowler is set to pick up wickets on a wicket where he has snared 44 wickets in 10 matches. After his five wicket haul against Ireland in the second innings, one which ended up bowling the side apart and leaving them in disarray, Chris Woakes comes into our side as well with Broad completing the picks.
From Australia we have Pat Cummins and James Pattinson be included in our side. With 5 wickets in 23 test matches against England, he’s set to make for a formidable partnership alongside Pattinson, a duo who will be heavily responsible for how this match shapes out for Australia.
Captain And Vice-Captain
We have decided to make Joe Root our captain for this encounter while Anderson is the vice-captain.
Dream 11 Disclaimer
All our selections are based on in-depth and astute analysis of the players partaking in the match, their performances in recent time, how the two teams have fared in the cricketing fraternity over the course of the last year, pitch report and a perusal of other reasoning. Please incorporate a slew of factors while crafting your own side with this article serving as a guide to the match and players who are expected to dole out the maximum points.