Due to coronavirus, fans missed out a lot of main cricketing events we saw T20 World Cup 2021 after the hiatus of 5 years now cricket fans will be going to see the iconic Ashes clash between Australia and England
After all the drama of cancelling or postponing Ashes 2021 the ECB and English players finally decided to persist the Ashes, 2021. The Ashes holds a rich importance and significance as it plays between the two arch-rivals Australia and England.
If we talk about the last edition of Ashes both England and Australia won two test matches a piece and when the series resulted in a draw. Marnus Labuschagne and Steve Smith were iconic for Australia with the bat, aggregating 353 and 687 runs respectively, whereas Pat Cummins scrapped 29 wickets.
On the other hand, for England, Ben Stokes accumulated 441 runs, Rory Burns scored 396 and Joe Root racked up 325 runs. Meanwhile Jofra Archer who will miss the upcoming Ashes series grabbed 22 wickets in 2019.
Australia managed to draw the series in England but England looked clueless against Australia when both sides competed in Australia in 2017. The Kangaroos dominated the show and subjugated England by winning 4 tests whereas the one test ended as a draw.
However this scene can be different as for the upcoming Ashes since Joe Root is in form of his life as he notched-up 1455 runs in elite format of cricket so far this year and Australia will be coming from sexting scandal of their former captain, Tim Paine who quit captaincy last week following the messages he sent to his female colleague in 2017 at Cricket Tasmania. Pat Cummins will be leading Australia with Steve Smith being the vice captain. However it is not confirmed yet whether Tim Paine will continue his wicket keeping role. However Alex Carey and Josh Inglis are the candidates for the aforementioned role if the 36-year-old gets dropped.
England might miss the presence of Jofra Archer or Moeen Ali who recently retired from the longer format of the game. However the return of Ben Stokes might help the newcomers in England both on and off the field.
Historically the Aussies have a slight upper hand against the English. The two have played 335 tests against each other. Australia have a bit of a lead having won 136 of them, England 108 and 91 have ended as draws. But when you look at the series results it’s neck to neck between the two sides. Out of the 71 series Australia has won 33, England 32 and 6 ended in draws. The Aussies lead by just a difference of one series.
The Ashes, 2021 wil begins from December 8th at Gabba
England Squad: Joe Root (Captain), Ben Stokes, James Anderson, Jonathan Bairstow, Dom Bess, Stuart Broad, Rory Burns, Jos Buttler, Zak Crawley, Haseeb Hameed, Dan Lawrence, Jack Leach, Dawid Malan, Craig Overton, Ollie Pope, Ollie Robinson, Chris Woakes, Mark Wood
Australia Squad:Pat Cummins (c), Steve Smith (vc) Cameron Green, Marcus Harris, Josh Hazlewood, Travis Head, Usman Khawaja, Marnus Labuschagne, Nathan Lyon, Michael Neser, Jhye Richardson, Mitchell Starc, Mitchell Swepson, David Warner, Tim Paine.