In the first Test, Australia dominated from start to end. They bowled first and bowled England out for 147, thanks to new captain Pat Cummins’ five-wicket haul. In the first innings, Cummins was the lynchpin. Still, all of Australia’s bowlers were excellent, with just Josh Hazlewood going above three runs per over.
The Australians followed up with a 425-run first-innings total, led by a spirited 155-run partnership between David Warner (94) and Marnus Labuschagne (74). With four quick wickets leaving Australia at 5/195, it looked like the English might have clawed their way back into the game, but Travis Head had other plans. Head batted with the tail and hammered 152 off just 148 balls to put Australia in command.
England will face Australia in the Pink Ball Test at Adelaide, starting from Thursday. Australia is currently leading the five-match series 1-0.
Australia struck early in this Ashes series, winning the first Test in Brisbane comfortably after dominating from the first delivery in which spectators saw Mitchell Starc bowl Rory Burns, in one of the greatest Ashes moments ever.
Travis Head beat Usman Khawaja to a spot in Australia’s middle order, and his superb 152 in their first innings lay the groundwork for the hosts with the bat, ensuring that he will almost surely keep his spot not just for the second Test but for the rest of the series.
Due to a rib injury, fast bowler Josh Hazlewood has been ruled out of the second Test, and Jhye Richardson is slated to take his place, with no other changes expected from Australia.
AUS v ENG: Match Details
Date – Thursday, December 16, 2021
Time – 9:30 AM IST
Venue – Adelaide Oval, Adelaide
A questionable team selection, combined with the decision to bat first after winning the toss, resulted in England being skittled out for just 147 in the first innings of the first Test before Australia responded with 425 runs, a deficit from which they never recovered and which ultimately cost them the match.
With the ball, Ollie Robinson was a significant plus for the tourists, taking four of England’s 11 wickets in Brisbane, and he is anticipated to be joined by bowling mainstays James Anderson and Stuart Broad in the second Test after both were controversially left out of England’s team in the first.
With England choosing for Joe Root as their single spin-bowler, Chris Woakes and Jack Leach are the most likely candidates to be omitted. However, the visitors’ batting line-up is unlikely to change, meaning that both Jonny Bairstow and Dan Lawrence will be forced to sit out once more.
Probable Playing XIs:
Australia: David Warner, Marcus Harris, Marnus Labuschagne, Steve Smith, Travis Head, Cameron Green, Alex Carey (wk), Pat Cummins (c), Mitchell Starc, Nathan Lyon, Jhye Richardson
England: Joe Root (c), Stuart Broad, Rory Burns, Jos Buttler, Haseeb Hameed, Jack Leach, Dawid Malan, Ollie Pope, Ollie Robinson, Ben Stokes, Chris Woakes/ Stuart Broad, Jimmy Anderson
The match between the two teams is likely to be a tough one. On paper, Australia has the better team, and the home advantage will come to their aid. On the other hand, England will be looking to make a comeback in the series.