It has been one of the most enriching summers for the England team as the Three Lions went on to win the ODI World Cup for the first time in its history. Eoin Morgan’s side is arguably one of the most dominating teams in One-day International cricket at the moment. After creating history at Lords on 14th July this year, the focus now shifts to the most talked-about series – The Ashes 2019.
Yes, Ashes is about to start on August 1st as England and Australia renew their historic rivalry which promises to be a high-octane contest between the two best sides. England’s confidence will be sky high after winning the ODI show[piece and will be hoping to continue with their fine run after winning the One-off test against Ireland. Their test skipper Joe Root will be optimistic about his side’s chances.
England lost the last Ashes series in Australia 4-1, and this time the Three Lions will be eager to turn the tables. Australia will look to defend the series and will take inspiration from their last Ashes win in Australia.
Australia will be looking to put up a spirited show after their semi-final loss to England in the World Cup.
The Ashes is considered to be one of the oldest forms of rivalry between the two sides. Both teams have got some class players in their line up, and it should be an exciting battle.
We take a look at five players from both sides who might play a crucial role for their respective sides.
Here’re the five players to watch out for during the Ashes 2019:
# 1 Steve Smith:
Steve Smith will be eager to prove his worth after serving a ban of almost a year for ball-tampering. Smith has been one of the most solid middle-order batsmen for Australia over the past 5-6 years.
The 31-year-old has got a very unorthodox style of play that can break the rhythm of the opposition bowlers.
The right-hander is strong on both sides of the wickets and can caress the ball effortlessly with his trademark flicks on the side. Smith is a shrewd operator when it comes to rotating the strike which tends to break the opposition bowlers tempo.
# 2 Joe Root:
Joe Root has been one of the most consistent performers in tests in this English side. The 30-year-old possesses a reliable technique and has got the temperament to play for longer durations during crunch situations. The right-hander has got the tendency to build an innings with calmness and intelligent batting.
Root has emerged as one of the finest middle-order batsmen for England since the last few years handling the responsibility with patience and determination. Root has highlighted his class of playing in seaming conditions with some fine performances.
# 3 Ben Stokes:
Ben Stokes is the man for all formats for England. After a fantastic World Cup campaign, Ben Stokes will be eager to continue with his fine run. The 29-year-old can be a penetrative option in seaming conditions as all-rounder can outsmart the batsmen with his teasing outswingers and clever seam bowling.
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Stokes is a handy batsman lower down the order and can change his game as per the situations. The all-rounder will carry the hopes of his team with the bat as well as the ball.
# 4 James Anderson:
Known to be a master of a swing bowler, James Anderson is a role model for fast bowlers who want to excel in the five-day format. The 36-year-old is always dangerous in swinging conditions because of his exceptional ability to swing the ball both ways.
The legendary pacer has showcased his class with his accurate line and length over the years, and in the upcoming Ashes series too, Anderson will be the key bowler for Eoin Morgan.
Anderson can surprise the best batsmen with his speed and well-directed bouncers. Anderson is the highest wicket-taker in Test cricket at the moment, and his experience will be crucial for the three lions.
# 5 Mitchell Starc:
Mitchell Starc had a decent World Cup where he finished with wickets. The 30-year-old can trouble the batsmen with his fast outswingers and yorkers. The left-arm pacer has improved a lot with the way he bowls the slower ones.
Mitchell Starc also uses his leg cutters to good effect and can hit the deck hard which tends to surprise the batsmen on fast wickets.
Mitchell Starc has been Australia’s strike bowler since the last 3 to 4 years, and his form will be crucial for the Aussies.