Top 5 Players to Watch out for in the England Squad
The upcoming Ashes will be an enthralling experience for the spectators as the England batters in the form of Alastair Cook, Joe Root, and Johnny Bairstow will fight it out against the Aussie pace attack comprising of Mitchell Starc, Jose Hazlewood and Pat Cummins.
The touring England side will try to forget their horrendous experience which the left-arm quickie handed them, Mitchell Johnson, the last Down Under and retain their Ashes title.
With one week to go ahead of the first Magellan Ashes Test at Gabba, let’s take a look at the top five players from England to watch out for:
Alastair Cook: The former England captain who suffered a humiliating 5-0 loss in the 2013-14 Down Under will look to turn things in his favour with the bat when he steps on the field next week for the first Magellan Ashes Test at Gabba. The classical left-handed Cook, who is the highest run-getter for England in the longer version of the game, will be keen to improve his statistics from his last visit to Australia when he scored only 246 runs at an average of 24.6. The senior most batter on the side, Cook will be eager to improve his average against the mighty Aussies as he has scored only 2117 runs from 30 matches with an average just below 40. The southpaw has shown some hint of form in the last warm-up game against Cricket Australia XI, and the team management will rely heavily on him.
Joe Root: The England captain who is currently on the second spot in ICC’s Test batsmen List is considered to be one of the most talented batsmen in recent times. The 26-year-old Root averages more than 50 in Test cricket and has scored 5323 runs in the 60 matches he has featured for England so far. Root will be the key player for the England side as he has the happy knack of scoring big hundreds once he gets going. The classical right-hander who has every shot in his kitty has been in good touch since he has landed in Australia. Having scored 991 runs from 14 matches with the highest score of 180 runs against the baggy greens, he is the crucial man in this England set-up.
James Anderson: A great exponent of swing bowling James Anderson is vastly experienced and possesses the capability to pick up wickets with both the old and new ball. With 500 wickets behind his name, the right-arm fast bowler is a crucial weapon in the hands of England captain Joe Root. It will be a challenge for the Australian batters to handle the current no one bowler in the ICC Test bowlers list as he can swing the ball both ways and can reverse the old ball which he has learned from Indian legend Zaheer Khan. His partnership with Stuart Broad will be a key component for England in retaining the Ashes urn.
Stuart Broad: The only other English bowler to feature in ICC top 10 Test bowlers Stuart Broad has earned a name for himself with his accurate line and length. Not as skilful as Anderson but Broad has a uses his height to extract some extra bounce of the pitch. He can also bend his back to generate some raw pace and will be England’s answer to Mitchell Starc. With 109 games behind his name, Broad’s experience will be a key factor for the touring England side. He dismantled the Australian side in the last Ashes picking up 8 for 15 in Nottinghamshire and can cause some trouble to the likes of Warner and Smith in England’s campaign to regain the Ashes.
Moeen Ali: With England’s prime all-rounder Ben Stokes not making it into the squad, the responsibility now lies on the shoulders of Ali to bring that balance into the team. Capable of delivering with both bat and ball, it will be a great opportunity for the 30-year-old Ali to establish himself as a quality all-rounder in the Test squad. With his off-spin, Ali can be dangerous at times and has the knack of giving breakthroughs. Having played 44 Test matches, Ali has had good stint both with bat and ball scoring big hundreds at crunch situation and picking up wickets at regular intervals. Being in good form and the opportunity to establish him, Ali will be keen to come good in his first ever Ashes Down-Under.
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