England vs Australia 1st Test Match Preview Ashes 2019

England vs Australia 1st Test Match Preview Ashes 2019

England has chosen a 14 man squad for the first test against Australia. That is not something we expect from England during a home test but it once again shows the uncertainty in the camp. James Anderson is recovering from an injury and we don’t think England is going to risk him in the first match of Ashes 2019.
England vs Australia 1st Test Match Preview Ashes 2019

Australia hold the Ashes, having handed England a 4-0 drubbing at home in early 2018. But they have not won the series in England since 2001, when Steve Waugh’s side razed all in their path. In 2015, they lost the series 3-2, with Stuart Broad setting up an unassailable lead in the fourth Test by bowling out Australia for 60 in the first innings at Trent Bridge. The last meeting between the sides was in the World Cup semi-final, when England bowled Australia out for 223 and eased to an emphatic eight-wicket win.

Team News


  • Jofra Archer in their 14-man squad to take on Australia in the first Ashes test. However, he might not be unleashed straight away and would have to wait a little longer for his test debut.
  • Chris Woakes is more likely to be given the nod for the role of third seamer with Stuart Broad and James Anderson confirmed to lead England’s bowling attack.
  • Joe Denly will bat at 4. He is a consistent performer in domestic circuit and has scored 11000+ runs in 1st class cricket.
  • Jos Buttler and Ben Stokes will handle the Middle order. Both are most reliable batsman of the team. Stokes will handle the All-Round section.
  • Jonny Bairstow will bat at 7. Very attacking batsman and was in prime form this WC. He got out on duck in both innings against Ireland.
  •  Moeen Ali is the lone spinner and  will lead the spin attack while Joe Denly will assist them. Moeen Ali’s role will be more important as the innings progresses.


  • David Warner and Cameron Bancroft will open the innings. Last time they both played together was in SA 2017 where the ball tampering incident took place.
  • Usman Khawaja will bat at 3. He has some injury concerns but is declared fit to play. He is a solid defensive batsman.
  • S Smith will bat at 4. He will be the backbone of this batting unit and has heaps of experience with him. He averages above 60 in test cricket.
  • Nathan Lyon is the lone specialist spinner in the side and a confirmed starter for this opening game along with James Pattinson.
  • Mitchell Starc, Josh Hazlewood and Peter Siddle are fighting for the third seamer spot and it is Starc who will likely be the selectors’ preference.
England V Australia Match Information
Stadium :- Edgbaston Cricket Ground, England
Date:- 1st to 5th August 2019 at 14:30 IST
Channel:- Now TV, SonyLIV, Sky Go
Pitch Report: Edgbaston Cricket Ground, England
The pitch at Edgbaston is sporting a brown tinge, something that both teams may not have expected. Expect plenty of help for the bowling side under overcast conditions and the Duke ball in hand. We think the test match is going to move fast and the bowlers will hold an upper hand throughout the proceedings.


The Number’s Game

Venue Stats- 

Last Test Matches on this Ground


Eng – 287-10 & 180-10
Ind  – 274-10 & 162-10

Pacer – 30
Spinner – 9


J Root 80
J Bairstow 70

B Stokes 2w & 4w
J Anderson 2w & 2w
S Broad 2w


Eng 514-8 declare
Win 168-10 & 137-10

Pacer – 19
Spinner – 7


J Root 136

J Anderson 3w & 2w
S Broad 2w & 3w
M Ali 1w & 2w


Eng 297-10 & 445-6d
Pak 400-10 & 201-10


M Ali 63 & 86
J Bairstow 83
J Root 63

J Anderson 2w & 2w
S Broad 2w & 3w
C Woakes 2w & 3w
M Ali 2w

Pacer – 29
Spinner – 5


Pacer – 78
Spinner – 21

Top Ashes Performance 2017


1. S Smith 687 Runs
2. D Warner 441 Runs
3. J Root 378 Runs
4. U Khawaja 332 Runs
5. Mitchell Marsh 320 Runs
6. J Bairstow 306 Runs

1. P Cummins 23w
2. M Starc 22w
3. Nathan Lyon 21w
4. J Hazelwood 21w
5. J Anderson 17w
6. S Broad 11w

Player Battle  (Run-Ball-Out)


Jonny bairstow vs Mitchell Starc (102-197-6)

Joe root vs Pat Cummins (71-171-4)

Ben stokes vs Mitchell Starc (36-67-2)

Jos buttler vs Josh Hazlewood(18-26-1)

David warner vs James Anderson (272-519-9)


Usman Khawaja vs Stuart broad (83-140-2)

Steven Smith vs Stuart broad (274-619-6)

Shaun marsh vs Stuart broad (67-162-4)

Tim Paine vs James Anderson (43-74-2)

Head to Head (in  Test) :Overall 

Matches Played ENG Won AUS Won Tie No Result
346 108 114 0 94

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Team Form in Last Five Matches



England Probable XI –Rory Burns, Jason Roy, Joe Root (c), Joe Denly, Jos Buttler, Ben Stokes, Jonny Bairstow, Moeen Ali, Chris Woakes, Stuart Broad, James Anderson.

Australia Probable XI – David Warner, Cameron Bancroft, S Smith, Usman Khwaja, Marnus Labuschagne/ Travis Head, Tim Paine (C & WK ), Pat Cummins, James Pattinson, Josh Hazlewood, Nathan Lyon, Peter Siddle.

Wicket Keeper –

  • J Bairstow ( Middle order 0,0 against Ireland )
  • Jos Buttler ( Lower Middle order, Not in good form)
  • M Wade ( Very attacking batsman, 1021 runs this year in Sheffield series)


  • J Root( 1 down, No intro needed
  • S Smith ( Middle order, Only current player to average 60+ in tests)
  • David Warner ( Opener, 647 runs in 10 games this WC, very good form)
  • Usman Khawaja ( 1 down, technically strong, 732 runs in 10 matches last year)
  •  Jason Roy( Attacking opener, 50 against Ireland on debut)
  • Joe Denly( 2 down + handy spinner, 11000+ 1st class runs)
  • Cameron Bancroft ( Opener, Attacking batsman, 50+ average this Domestic season)


  • Ben Stokes ( Middle order bat  + handy bowler, terrific form from this WC)
  • Moen Ali( Attacking batsman + Off spin, wicket taker)


  • James Anderson ( Best test bowler in world, 800+ wickets)
  • Patt Cummins ( Best pacer of Australia in past 18 months + can be a handy batsman, 5-fer in warm up game)
  • Chris Woakes (Relies in swing, terrific form from this WC, 6 wicket haul last test )
  •  Stuart Broad ( Open with the new bowl, 4-fer against Ireland recently )
  • James Pattinson ( Pacer, 4 wickets in warm up game)
  • Peter Siddle ( Pacer, Experience playing in England, 5 wickets in warm up game)
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