Ashes 2019 has just begun on Thursday (1st August). On that opening day, the legendary Caribbean batsman Brian Lara revealed his predictions of Ashes 2019.
England is hosting the Ashes 2019 while Australia are the defending title-holders. However, since 2005, England have won all their home Ashes series.
The five-match Test series Ashes 2019 has begun on 1st August and the final Test of this series will start on 12th September. Also, the Ashes 2019 is the opener of the inaugural ICC World Test Championship (2019-21).
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Moreover, from the Ashes 2019, the ICC has introduced the names and numbers on the back of the Test shirts.
So, the Ashes 2019 has started to carry the new generation of Test cricket.
Brian Lara claimed the hosts England would win the Ashes 2019
During the first day of the Ashes 2019, Brian Lara predicted the winners, the most run-scorer and the most wicket-taker of this series.
Lara claimed that the hosts England will regain the Ashes 2019. The former left-handed batsman predicted that the English Test captain Joe Root would score the most runs in Ashes 2019. He further added that the English pacer Chris Woakes would finish as the most wicket-taker in Ashes 2019.
My Predictions for the Ashes @icc
— Brian Lara (@BrianLara) August 1, 2019
The first day of the Ashes 2019 was very entertaining
The day one of the Ashes 2019 was very exciting for the cricket fans. In this Edgbaston (Birmingham) Test, Australian Test captain Tim Paine decided to bat first after winning the toss. However, the visitors hugely struggled in the first innings.
Once, Australia were in trouble as they were battling on 122/8. But Steven Smith‘s extraordinary batting performance saved the visiting side on that day. On his Test return after 16 months, Smith hit a brilliant century which was his 24th Test century.
The former Australian captain Smith scored 144 runs off 219 balls (16 fours and two sixes). Also, the tail-enders provided the crucial help to him as Australia added 162 runs for the last two wickets. The no.10 batsman Peter Siddle was the second-highest run-scorer in that innings as he scored 44 runs (85 balls) with the help of four fours. Australia were finally bundled out for 284 runs.
English pacer Stuart Broad (5/86) claimed a five-wicket haul while another English pacer Chris Woakes (3/58) managed to pick up three wickets.
Before the end of the day’s play, the hosts managed to post 10/0.