Australia will go into this match confident as they go. Because the team has just won the crown of WTc, the team has spent a lot of time in England and they are very aware of the conditions here, Australia performed very well in WTC finals against India and became wtc champion, it also against England. Something Esha would like to do.
The current England team is very different from the team that was thrashed 4-0 by Australia in the 2021-22 series. The team has reinvented itself under new coach Brendon McCullum and adopted an attacking style of play. Ben Stokes will lead the English team for the first full Ashes series this time. While there is no doubt about the all-rounder's ability, his injury has taken a toll on his performances over the past few months. Hopefully he will be fit to bowl here.
England can open with their regular pair of Zak Crawley and Ben Duckett. The hosts have a strong middle order composed of Joe Root, Jonny Bairstow, Ollie Pope and Stokes. However, all eyes will be on Harry Brook, who has emerged as one of English cricket's brightest young stars in recent years. Moeen Ali, who has been recalled as a replacement for Jack Leach In the spin department, Moeen Ali will be crucial for England as they lack other specialist spinners in the team.
After this by Australia in the WTC finals against India, Bo will look to repeat it against England. David Warner and Usman Khawaja both failed to convert their starts into big innings. David Warner's form is particularly a matter of concern for Australia. The middle order is pretty solid for them as both Steve Smith and Travis Head are in excellent form. Smith averages over 100 in his last 8 innings in England. This is an ominous sign for England ahead of the Ashes.
Marnus Labuschagne and Cameron Green also hit fours in the last match. However, Australia's biggest strength is its bowling. They have arguably the best bowling unit in the world at the moment. Pat Cummins, Josh Hazlewood, Mitchell Starc and Scott Boland complement a strong pace attack and the team also has Cameron Green if needed. One of the options would be to choose between Boland/Starc/Hazelwood. They also have Nathan Lyon as a spinner.
The team winning the toss would prefer to field first. Both England and Australia are capable of taking wickets with the new ball, both will prefer to bowl after winning the toss.
Both England and Australia are in good form but Australia have the upper hand as they have just come from defeating India, so Australia has more chances to win.
Ben Duckett, Zak Crawley, Ollie Pope, Joe Root, Harry Brook, Ben Stokes(c), Jonny Bairstow(w), Moeen Ali, Stuart Broad, Ollie Robinson, James Anderson, Daniel Lawrence, Josh Tongue, Matthew Potts, Mark Wood, Chris Woakes
David Warner, Usman Khawaja, Mitchell Marsh, Steven Smith, Travis Head, Cameron Green, Marnus Labuschagne, Alex Carey(w), Pat Cummins(c), Mitchell Starc, Nathan Lyon, Josh Hazlewood, Scott Boland, Todd Murphy, Josh Inglis, Matt Renshaw, Marcus Harris