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Joe Root. File Photo
Joe Root. File Photo
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Joe Root Surpasses Graeme Smith’s Record Of Most Test Runs As Skipper In A Calendar Year

Joe Root, the England skipper has scripted yet another Test record. During Day 1 of the ongoing third Ashes Test against Australia at the Melbourne Cricket Ground on Sunday, Joe Root surpassed former South Africa skipper Graeme Smith’s record of scoring most Test runs as captain in a calendar year.

Joe Root, with 1,680 runs, now tops the list ahead of Graeme Smith, who had scored 1,656 runs as the captain of the Proteas in 2008. Joe Root’s tally is also the third-highest by a player in a calendar year behind Pakistan’s Mohammad Yousuf (1,788 runs in 2006) and former West Indies skipper Sir Vivian Richards (1,710 runs in 1976).

Graeme Smith Image Source : ICC
Graeme Smith Image Source: ICC

Joe Root Scores Yet Another Fifty In 3rd Ashes Test To Surpasss Graeme Smith’s Record Of Scoring Most Runs As Skipper In A Year

England was reeling at 128 for six at Tea after Australian bowlers had dominated the proceedings in Melbourne. Australia skipper Pat Cummins, who did not play the second Test in Adelaide for an injury, took three wickets in the morning session, dismissing Haseeb Hameed (0), Zak Crawley (12), and Dawid Malan (14), respectively.

Joe Root
Joe Root Photograph: Sri Lanka Cricket

Joe Root salvaged some pride for the visitors, scoring a fine 50 off just 82 balls, before Mitchell Starc got the better of him, as England found themselves reeling at 82 for four. Cameron Green then dismissed the dangerous Ben Stokes (25) while Nathan Lyon got the wicket of Jos Buttler on the stroke of Tea, with England six down at Tea on Day 1.

Joe Root chased a widish delivery, trying to cut a delivery that was too full to do so. The ball found the edge of Joe Root’s bat with Alex Carey pouching the catch safely. A visibly angry Joe Root punched the bat in frustration. It was his ninth fifty in Australia — the most by any visitor without making a Test century.

England Was Bowled Out For 185, Australia 61/1 At Stumps On Day 1

England was bowled out for 185. Pat Cummins and Nathan Lyon were the picks of the Australian bowlers, taking three wickets each. Mitchell Starc took two while Cameron Green and debutant Scott Boland also picked a wicket each to put Australia in the driver’s seat. Small cameos of resistance were offered by Joe Root, Dawid Malan, Ben Stokes, and Jonny Bairstow, but it wasn’t enough as England couldn’t even get to 200.

David Warner. Credits: Twitter
David Warner. Credits: Twitter

Trailing by 124 runs, Australia ended Day 1 of the ongoing third Ashes Test match posting 61 for one at Stump’s against England at the MCG in Melbourne, on Sunday.

The hosts lost the crucial wicket of David Warner, who was dismissed by James Anderson after registering 38 runs off 42 balls. England is trailing Australia 0-2 in the five-match series after being outplayed in the first two Tests in Brisbane and Adelaide, respectively.

Michael Vaughan (Image Credit: Twitter)
Michael Vaughan (Image Credit: Twitter)
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Michael Vaughan Unimpressed After England Suffer Heavy Defeats Against Australia In Ashes 2021/22 And Concerned With Lack Of Bench Strength

Michael Vaughan predicts it will be a tough challenge for Joe Root-led England to make a comeback in the ongoing Ashes 2021/22 series. He feels making changes to their playing eleven for the Boxing Day Test will have very little impact on the outcome of the contest.

The cricketer-turned-commentator believes England’s lack of bench strength is a major sign of worry. The ex-England skipper pointed out that the English side does not have a lot of players who have been knocking on the selectors’ doors with consistent performances.

Michael Vaughan. (Image source: Getty)
Michael Vaughan. (Image source: Getty)

Michael Vaughan Unimpressed As England Don’t Have Anyone Waiting In The Wings While Australia Better Side With Inclusion Of Alex Carey

He reckons Australia, on the other hand, has shown significant improvements in the past year. Wicketkeeper-batter Alex Carey’s inclusion in place of tainted skipper Tim Paine who took an indefinite break has further strengthened their team, as per Michael Vaughan.

“Australia are better than they were a year ago. Alex Carey has made them a better side. For England, I think Mark Wood will play. You’ve got to play a spinner. There is talk of Zack Crawley and Jonny Bairstow coming in, but I don’t think whoever they bring in will do anything better. They don’t have anyone waiting in the wings,” Michael Vaughan said.

Alex Carey-Twitter
Alex Carey-Twitter

The 47-year-old opined that England’s white-ball success might have come at the expense of their Test team. He also noted how barring star all-rounder Ben Stokes, there’s no other player who seems ready to become their future captain in red-ball cricket.

“Generally, in a team, you see two or three players who are ready to become the next captain. But I don’t see anyone in this Test team who seems like he can be the next England captain apart from Ben Stokes. It’s taken a while for England to become a formidable white-ball force, but it has been at the expense of the Test team.”

England was completely outplayed in the first two Ashes 2021/22 Tests. England hadn’t won a Test match in Australia since January 2011.

Michael Vaughan Shocked Not To See Stuart Broad Playing 1st Brisbane Test

Michael Vaughan expressed his disappointment over the team not being able to even compete against the Aussies in the crucial series. He also seemed unimpressed with the team selection. The former England skipper suggested it was not the right move to bench senior pacer Stuart Broad for the opening Test.

He stated that the veteran bowler should have had the new ball in his hands on the green top wicket at the Gabba. James Anderson, England’s highest wicket-taker in Tests also was injured and so dropping Stuart Broad backfired in the opening Test.

He said: “To see Stuart Broad not play on a green top in Brisbane was remarkable. He should have been bowling the first ball of the game from around the wicket to David Warner. Everything that could have gone wrong has gone wrong for England. in this year’s Ashes. They have three more games to go, but I won’t give them any hope.”

England's Stuart Broad. (Photo by Jon Super / POOL / AFP)
England’s Stuart Broad. (Photo by Jon Super / POOL / AFP)

England still has a chance of staging a miraculous turnaround by winning the remaining three Test matches. However, Michael Vaughan opined that things often go from bad to worse when a side has had such an underwhelming start in Australia.

The third Test match of the Ashes 2021-22 will be hosted by the Melbourne Cricket Ground. The encounter is slated to be played from December 26. Captain Pat Cummins missed the last Test match due to coming into close contact with an individual who tested positive for Covid-19, however, the Aussie skipper is set to return to action in this third Test, likely replacing Michael Neser.

In a bid to avoid conceding an unassailable series deficit in Melbourne, England will once again look to make changes, this time primarily to their batting as they take the underperforming Surrey duo of Rory Burns and Ollie Pope out of the firing line, with the two likely to be replaced by Zak Crawley and Jonny Bairstow. After being rested in Adelaide, fast bowler Mark Wood should return to the side after an impressive showing in the first Test.

Jason Gillespie. (Credits: Twitter)
Jason Gillespie. (Credits: Twitter)
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Spin Bowling England’s Biggest Concern In The Ashes 2021/22, Says Jason Gillespie

Jason Gillespie, the former Australian pace bowler has pointed out that spin, and not seam bowling, is England’s biggest concern in the ongoing Ashes 2021/22 series after the tourists lost the opening Test at The Gabba by nine wickets comprehensively.

While England pacers Mark Wood, Ollie Robinson, and Chris Woakes were economical to an extent, 30-year-old left-arm spinner Jack Leach bled runs, conceding as much as 102 first-innings runs in 13 overs at an economy rate of nearly eight. Jack Leach, England’s only frontline slow bowler, had figures of 1/102 in 13 overs.

Jack Leach Photograph: Tom Jenkins/The Guardian
Jack Leach Photograph: Tom Jenkins/The Guardian

Jason Gillespie: Australians Will Always Take On Finger Spinners

Jason Gillespie said that Jack Leach was “always going to be pummelled at the Gabba” and Dom Bess will face similar punishment if he is included for the second Test in Adelaide, as Australians can handle finger spinners nicely.

“The biggest bowling concern for Joe Root is not in the seam department. It’s what they’re going to do with regards to spin. Australians always have and always will take on finger spin because it doesn’t offer a hell of a lot. The policy is to go hard at it,” Gillespie said in his column on Sunday.

Jason Gillespie managed to play an unbeaten knock of 201 against Bangladesh in Chattogram.
Jason Gillespie managed to play an unbeaten knock of 201 against Bangladesh in Chattogram. (File Photo | AFP).

“You didn’t have to be Einstein to see that Jack Leach would be lined up to be pummelled. He’s not a big turner of the ball; the Gabba doesn’t have huge straight boundaries, so of course, the Australians were looking to belt him,” added Gillespie, who played 71 Tests for Australia, taking 259 wickets.

Jason Gillespie’s prediction for 24-year-old right-arm spinner Dom Bess wasn’t encouraging either, with the 46-year-old former pacer saying he can expect the same treatment from the Australian batters in the pink-ball Test in Adelaide if he is included. Dom Bess was part of England’s squad when they toured India and he was quite ineffective there.

“If Dom Bess comes in, he can expect the same treatment. I can’t comprehend why wrist-spinner Mason Crane wasn’t picked for Australian conditions.”

England had included Jack Leach in the Brisbane Test and left out veteran pacer Stuart Broad and James Anderson from the playing XI for the opening Test. The decision backfired for the Joe Root-led side as the left-arm spinner picked just one wicket and gave away 102 in 13 overs at an economy rate of 7.8.

Mason Crane has played a solitary Test and 2 T20Is and picked only 1 wicket each in the formats. His T20I matches came against South Africa in 2017 and his only Test was against Australia in 2018.

Jason Gillespie: Nathan Lyon Is One Of The Greats Of The Game

Jason Gillespie showered praise on Australian spinner Nathan Lyon who crossed 400 Test wickets in The Gabba Test, taking four second-innings wickets, which restricted England to 297.

“Like a finger spinner, Nathan Lyon is an outlier. He is one of the greats of the game as a 400-wicket bowler, but even then they only come around every 67 balls. So Root has something to think about there,” added Gillespie.

Nathan Lyon Photograph: Ryan Pierse/Getty Images
Nathan Lyon Photograph: Ryan Pierse/Getty Images

Nathan Lyon bowled 33 wicketless overs in the first Ashes Test and had to wait for almost a year since his 399th Test scalp to join the elite list of Australian bowlers with 400 or more Test wickets. Shane Warne (708) and Glenn McGrath (563) are the other Australian bowlers who have taken 400 or more Test wickets. Nathan Lyon became the 17th Test bowler to reach 400 scalps.

Nathan Lyon, skipper Pat Cummins, David Warner, and Travis Head were the standout performers as Australia defeated England by nine wickets in the first Ashes Test at the Gabba, Brisbane on Saturday. Chasing 20, Alex Carey (9) and Marcus Harris (9*) made light work of the chase and the hosts registered victory in just 5.1 overs.

Australia 425 and 1 for 20 (Harris 9*, Robinson 1-13) beat England 147 and 297 (Root 89, Malan 82, Lyon 4-91) by nine wickets

Usman Khawaja of Australia celebrates scoring his century during game five of the One Day International series between India and Australia at Feroz Shah Kotla Ground on March 13, 2019 in Delhi, India. (Photo by Robert Cianflone/Getty Images)
Usman Khawaja of Australia celebrates scoring his century during game five of the One Day International series between India and Australia at Feroz Shah Kotla Ground on March 13, 2019 in Delhi, India. (Photo by Robert Cianflone/Getty Images)
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Usman Khawaja Can Replace Injured David Warner If The Opener Is Ruled Out Of 2nd Test: Ricky Ponting

Ricky Ponting, the former Australia skipper feels Usman Khawaja can replace David Warner for the second Ashes Test if the opening batter is ruled out of the game due to an injury.

England and Australia’s 1st Ashes 2021/22 Test concluded with a convincing win for Australia. David Warner on Friday did not take the field after receiving blows on the chest while batting on day two of the first Test. He also didn’t come out to open in the 2nd innings to chase a small 20 runs target.

Australia opening batter David Warner (Photo/ ICC Twitter)
Australia opening batter David Warner (Photo/ ICC Twitter)

Ricky Ponting In Favour To Give Usman Khawaja A Chance To Open If David Warner Is Unfit For The 2nd Test

David Warner on Friday didn’t take the field after Australia were bowled out for 425, taking a 278-run lead in the first innings of the ongoing first Ashes Test in Brisbane. The left-hand batsman is currently nursing bruised ribs and fortunately, the scans have shown that he hasn’t suffered a fracture. David Warner coped a nasty blow to his chest from Ben Stokes while batting on the second day at the Gabba.

“If (Warner) can’t play, I think it’s probably Khawaja that goes in and opens the batting. Although he hasn’t done it the last couple years for Queensland he’s done it for Australia before,” Ricky Ponting was quoted as saying.

Ricky Ponting (Image Credit: Twitter)
Ricky Ponting (Image Credit: Twitter)

“He’s obviously in really good form, so I think that’s probably the way to go. I think he’s experienced enough, but the fact he hasn’t done it for a while would be a bit of a concern,” Ricky Ponting added.

The Australia opening batter received a brutal blow on the same spot while fielding from England’s Ben Stokes which further put David Warner in discomfort.

“It’s a worry that he’s not out there at all. We’ll have a better idea when he bats or if he bats at all in the second innings,” said Ricky Ponting.

“I noticed that after he got hit, he came out after one of the breaks and you could see that he had a little (chest), guard, over that area. I got a bit worried about it then because I’ve never seen him with a chest guard on before,” Ricky Ponting added.

“Even if it’s just bruising, I would think that he’d be out there fielding so there might be a bit more to it than what we’re hearing,” Ricky Ponting further said.

David Warner was injured when hit in the ribs while making 94 in Australia’s first innings.

Australia Won The 1st Ashes 2021/22 Test After Travis Head’s 152

Coming to the game, Joe Root and Dawid Malan kept staged England’s fightback as the two batters steadied the visitors’ ship by the end of Day 3 of the ongoing first Ashes Test here at the Gabba, Brisbane on Friday. At the Stumps, England’s score read 220/2– trailing by 58 runs. Dawid Malan and Joe Root have played unbeaten knocks of 80 and 86 runs respectively. England collapsed from 223-2 to 297 all out on day four.

Joe Root
Joe Root Photograph: Sri Lanka Cricket

Australia was bowled out for 425, taking a 278-run lead in the first innings of the ongoing first Ashes Test in Brisbane. Nathan Lyon, skipper Pat Cummins, David Warner, and Travis Head were the standout performers as Australia defeated England by nine wickets in the first Ashes 2021/22 Test at the Gabba, Brisbane on Saturday.

Chasing 20, Alex Carey (9) and Marcus Harris (9*) made light work of the 20 run target chase and the hosts registered victory in just 5.1 overs. Earlier, Travis Head took just 85 balls to reach triple figures and smashed the England bowlers all over the park. His knock of 152 off just 148 balls was laced with 14 boundaries and four sixes.

The 34-year-old Usman Khawaja’s last Test was against England in the Headingley Test in 2019, made famous by Ben Stokes’ match-winning innings of 135. Usman Khawaja has averaged 40.66 in 44 Tests, with eight centuries and fourteen 50s.

Usman Khawaja was recalled to Australia‘s 15-man squad to face England in the 2021-22 Ashes series, while Alex Carey was a late addition after regular skipper Tim Paine stepped away from the sport to take an “indefinite mental health break”.

Alex Carey-Twitter
Alex Carey-Twitter
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Alex Carey Had A Memorable Test Debut At Gabba Taking Most Catches As A Wicketkeeper

Alex Carey had a memorable Test debut after he went past India’s Rishabh Pant’s tally of most catches on Test debut. He became the first cricketer in men’s cricket to grab eight or more catches on Test debut. Alex Carey reached the feat in the morning session on the fourth day of the first Ashes Test at the Gabba. The 30-year-old took the catch of Chris Woakes, who nicked Cameron Green’s delivery, folding England’s second innings on 297 runs.

Alex Carey took 8 catches in the Brisbane Test, the most by anyone on their Test debut. He also equalled the record for most dismissals as a wicketkeeper on Test debut, levelling with Brian Taber against South Africa in 1966 and Chris Read against New Zealand in 1999.

Alex Carey becomes first wicketkeeper to take 8 catches on Test debut© AFP
Alex Carey becomes the first wicketkeeper to take 8 catches on Test debut© AFP

Alex Carey Had A Memorable Test Debut As He Took 8 Catches – The Most By A Keeper On Debut

The Australia wicketkeeper also went past the likes of England’s Chris Read and Australia’s Brian Taber, who had pouched seven catches each in their debut Test matches besides affecting 1 stumping each.

South Africa’s Quinton de Kock registered nine dismissals in his first Test but had already played a game without keeping the wickets. Chris Read, Brian Taber, Chamara Dunusinghe, Peter Nevill, and Alan Knott had also taken seven catches on their Test debut.

Besides Alex Carey, veteran Australia off-spinner Nathan Lyon also reached a huge milestone on Saturday. The latter became the 17th cricketer to bag 400 wickets in the longest format of the game. He is now only the third Australia bowler, after Shane Warner and Glenn McGrath, to have 400 scalps or more to his credit.

Nathan Lyon Photograph: Ryan Pierse/Getty Images
Nathan Lyon Photograph: Ryan Pierse/Getty Images

Nathan Lyon bowled 33 wicketless overs in the first Ashes Test and had to wait for almost a year since his 399th Test scalp to join the elite list of Australian bowlers with 400 or more Test wickets. Shane Warne (708) and Glenn McGrath (563) are the other Australian bowlers who have taken 400 or more Test wickets.

Pat Cummins Proud Of Teammates As It Was A Really Complete Performance

Earlier, Australia crushed England by nine wickets to win the first Ashes Test after lunch on day four. Needing just 20 runs, Australia cruised to the target in 5.1 overs when Marcus Harris square-drove Mark Wood for a boundary. Australia will carry a 1-0 lead in the five-match series into the second Test, which starts in Adelaide on Thursday.

“A lot of things did go right. So someone was smiling at me. I’m really proud of everyone, I thought it was a really complete performance,” said Pat Cummins, making his debut as Australia Test skipper.

Pat Cummins Credit: AAP
Pat Cummins Credit: AAP

Nathan Lyon, skipper Pat Cummins, David Warner, and Travis Head were the standout performers as Australia defeated England by nine wickets in the first Ashes Test at the Gabba, Brisbane on Saturday. Chasing 20, Alex Carey (9) and Marcus Harris (9*) made light work of the chase and the hosts registered victory in just 5.1 overs.

Australia 425 and 1 for 20 (Harris 9*, Robinson 1-13) beat England 147 and 297 (Root 89, Malan 82, Lyon 4-91) by nine wickets

Australia’s Pat Cummins celebrates during a match against England in the 2019 Ashes, in London. File photograph: Action Images via Reuters/Paul Childs
Australia’s Pat Cummins celebrates during a match against England in the 2019 Ashes, in London. File photograph: Action Images via Reuters/Paul Childs
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Pat Cummins On Fitness Status Of Opener David Warner, Saying He’ll Be “Alright” For 2nd Test

Pat Cummins, Australian skipper gave a fitness update on opening batter David Warner, saying he will be fine for the second Test match beginning December 16, after winning the first Ashes Test. David Warner had received a brutal blow on the chest while batting on day two of the first Test.

Australia opening batter David Warner (Photo/ ICC Twitter)
Australia opening batter David Warner (Photo/ ICC Twitter)

Pat Cummins: David Warner Will Be Alright For Adelaide

David Warner on Friday didn’t take the field after Australia were bowled out for 425, taking a 278-run lead in the first innings of the ongoing first Ashes Test in Brisbane. The left-hand batsman is currently nursing bruised ribs and fortunately, the scans have shown that he hasn’t suffered a fracture. David Warner coped a nasty blow to his chest from Ben Stokes while batting on the second day at the Gabba.

“He is fine, we did not want to risk him and he will be alright for Adelaide,” Cummins said after the game.

Pat Cummins ended with figures of 5/38 in 13.1 overs as Australia made a dream start to the Ashes series, bowling England out on a below-par 147 in the first innings. Travis Head blasted a rapid-fire century to crush England hopes on the second day of the opening Ashes Test at the Gabba on Thursday.

Pat Cummins Credit: AAP
Pat Cummins Credit: AAP

At the close of play on the 2nd day, Australia was 343-7, a lead of 196 on England’s dismal first-innings total of 147. Travis Head was unbeaten on 112 from only 95 balls before scoring 152 in Australia’s 425. David Warner was injured when hit in the ribs while making 94 in Australia’s first innings.

Pat Cummins: Travis Head Can Take The Game Away In A Couple Of Hours

Nathan Lyon, skipper Pat Cummins, David Warner, and Travis Head were the standout performers as Australia defeated England by nine wickets in the first Ashes 2021/22 Test at the Gabba, Brisbane on Saturday. Chasing 20, Alex Carey (9) and Marcus Harris (9*) made light work of the chase and the hosts registered victory in just 5.1 overs.

“Really enjoyed it, a lot of things did go right probably from the toss, overcast conditions, the wicket had a bit in it and to turn up on day 2 – under blue skies, someone’s smiling over me. Really proud of everyone.

“A really complete performance, the bowlers did everything on day 1, and Marnus-Davey with a big partnership and the way Travis played, it is a sign of a really positive group. I was happy everyone stuck to it – we bowled without much luck yesterday, fair with all the luck on day 1,” said Cummins.

Travis Head's blistering 152 against England in first Ashes Test© AFP
Travis Head’s blistering 152 against England in first Ashes Test© AFP

“That’s why we want Travis Head in the side, he can take the game away in a couple of hours, we have seen him do it for South Australia. He averages 45 now, he is still young but is an old pro with the amount of first-class cricket he has played and hopefully he is away now,” he added.

Travis Head took just 85 balls to reach triple figures and smashed the England bowlers all over the park. His knock of 152 off just 148 balls was laced with 14 boundaries and four sixes.

Nathan Lyon and Pat Cummins got among the wickets as Australia inched closer to victory against England on Day 4. England was bowled out for 297, setting a target of just 20 runs for Australia to win the Gabba Test. England collapsed from 223-2 to 297 all out on day four. David Warner, who also has a rib injury, did not field on the third day and did not open batting when his side chased 20 to win.

David Warner, Josh Hazlewood Image Source : GETTY IMAGES
David Warner, Josh Hazlewood Image Source : GETTY IMAGES
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Josh Hazlewood And David Warner Injury Concerns For Australia Ahead Of 2nd Ashes Test

Josh Hazlewood, Australian pacer, and Australian opener David Warner are injury concerns for Australia after their nine-wicket win over England in the first Ashes Test.

Josh Hazlewood has a mild rib issue but, having been absent for much of day three, did bowl as England collapsed from 223-2 to 297 all out on day four. David Warner, who also has a rib injury, did not field on the third day and did not open batting when his side chased 20 to win.

Josh Hazlewood
Josh Hazlewood. (Photo Source: Getty Images)

Josh Hazlewood To Be Closely Monitored While David Warner Is Expected To Be Fit For The 2nd Test

Captain Pat Cummins said he expects David Warner to be fit for the second Test. But he was more hesitant on the prospects of 30-year-old Josh Hazlewood – third in the International Cricket Council’s Test bowling rankings – playing in the day-night match in Adelaide, which begins on Thursday.

“He was a little sore [on day three] so we tried to get him through,” Cummins said.

“[It is] nothing too serious but we didn’t want it to turn into a huge injury. The key is we don’t want to put him in jeopardy for the whole series. He had a scan last night and there was nothing scary enough to not bowl today. We want to manage him a little bit.”

Australia's David Warner (AP Photo)
Australia’s David Warner (AP Photo)

Josh Hazlewood, part of Australia’s T20 World Cup-winning squad last month, took 3-74 in 27 overs in the match but only bowled eight of 70 overs on day three in Brisbane. David Warner was injured when hit in the ribs while making 94 in Australia’s first innings. Alex Carey took his place as an opener for the short fourth-innings chase.

“Davey was available to bat. We just chose not to risk him,” Pat Cummins, 28, said.

“When we had 20 to win we couldn’t find him. We looked everywhere in the stadium. I think he will be alright for Adelaide.”

Australia will be closely monitoring the fitness of Josh Hazlewood in the lead-up to the second Vodafone Ashes Test in Adelaide, with the pace ace nursing a mild side strain. Josh Hazlewood didn’t bowl on the third afternoon in Brisbane and was sent for a scan on Friday night which showed he was at least fit enough to bowl on Saturday.

The right-arm pacer (14-6-32-1) got through six overs on day four and claimed the Jos Buttler in what was ultimately a nine-wicket win for the hosts. But with the Adelaide day-night Test just five days away, and his pink-ball record reading 32 wickets at 19.90, his fitness will be a key concern for the Australian camp.

Pat Cummins Hopes The 1st Test Win At Gabba Would Lead To Emphatic Series Wins Like 2002,2006,2013 And 2017

After Australia dominated the first two days, England began day four with hope after Dawid Malan and Joe Root combined for an unbeaten partnership of 159 on day three. But the pair added just three runs on the fourth morning before the wicket of Dawid Malan, caught at the silly point of the bowling off-spinner Nathan Lyon, sparked a miserable England collapse of eight wickets for 77 runs.

It resulted in another heavy England defeat at the Gabba, to follow a 10-wicket loss in 2017, a 281-run defeat in 2013, plus 277 and 384-run thrashings in 2006 and 2002 respectively.

Pat Cummins Credit: AAP
Pat Cummins Credit: AAP

Pat Cummins, who was captaining Australia for the first time, hopes the latest Australia win could again lead to emphatic series victories, as it did on those four previous occasions.

“I hope so. The bowling unit bowled really well. I am really happy with where we are at. History is great but it doesn’t count for too much,” the fast bowler said.

Nathan Lyon, skipper Pat Cummins, David Warner, and Travis Head were the standout performers as Australia defeated England by nine wickets in the first Ashes Test at the Gabba, Brisbane on Saturday. Chasing 20, Alex Carey (9) and Marcus Harris (9*) made light work of the chase and the hosts registered victory in just 5.1 overs.

Australia 425 and 1 for 20 (Harris 9*, Robinson 1-13) beat England 147 and 297 (Root 89, Malan 82, Lyon 4-91) by nine wickets

Pat Cummins Credit: AAP
Pat Cummins Credit: AAP
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Pat Cummins Reveals 1st Ashes 2021/22 Test Playing Australian XI

Pat Cummins, the new Australian skipper after Tim Paine stepped down,  has confirmed the XI he will take into the opening Vodafone Men’s Ashes Test match, with Travis Head winning the race to bat at No.5, while Mitchell Starc holds his place in the bowling attack. The announcement came at the official launch of the Test series, as players huddled around the crystal replica trophy.

Selectors had already confirmed that Alex Carey would be Australia’s wicketkeeper for the Gabba, replacing former skipper Tim Paine. Travis Head made his Test debut against Pakistan in Dubai in 2018 and played most of the Ashes series the following year. His last match was last year’s Boxing Day Test against India.

Australia’s Pat Cummins celebrates during a match against England in the 2019 Ashes, in London. File photograph: Action Images via Reuters/Paul Childs
Australia’s Pat Cummins celebrates during a match against England in the 2019 Ashes, in London. File photograph: Action Images via Reuters/Paul Childs

Australia XI: Marcus Harris, David Warner, Marnus Labuschagne, Steve Smith, Travis Head, Cameron Green, Alex Carey (wk), Pat Cummins (c), Mitch Starc, Nathan Lyon, Josh Hazlewood.


Pat Cummins: It Was Tough To Choose Between Usman Khawaja And Travis Head But The Latter Was Chosen For More Recent Test Appearances

Pat Cummins said it was a “tight one” to choose between Travis Head and Queensland captain, Usman Khawaja, to bat in the middle order, but Travis Head’s position as the more recent Test representative for the Aussies gave him the edge over the 34-year-old Usman Khawaja, who will turn 35 later this month, and is eight years older than the South Australian.

Travis Head has averaged 39.75 in 19 Tests for Australia, with two centuries and seven 50s. The 34-year-old Usman Khawaja’s last Test was against England in the Headingley Test in 2019, made famous by Ben Stokes’ match-winning innings of 135. Usman Khawaja has averaged 40.66 in 44 Tests, with eight centuries and 14 50s.

“It was a tight one. Both really good options, really strong form,” said Pat Cummins.

“Experience is great from Uzzie and we feel really lucky to have that in the squad, but Trav’s been playing a lot for us the last couple of years. He’s gone away and he’s churned out runs in England, here in Australia, and we feel like he’s really ready to go,” said Pat Cummins.

Usman Khawaja (pictured right) and Travis Head (pictured left) walk on to the field.
Usman Khawaja (pictured right) and Travis Head (pictured left) have been included in Australia’s 15-man Ashes squad. (Getty Images)

The public endorsement of the Australian side still three days out from the coin toss on Wednesday morning follows the trend set by national selector George Bailey, who publicly endorsed Victorian Marcus Harris as an opener in early November.

Marcus Harris has since credited that with allowing him to focus on the task rather than worrying about selection issues, saying: “It was just good to have some clear communication with a selector about what I was doing, what was in their minds and what was in their thinking for me. I think it’s good for your confidence as a player to know where you stand and having the backing of (selectors) is really good.”

While Pat Cummins was happy to confirm the side, England skipper Joe Root declined to follow suit but said spinner Jack Leach remained in contention to play.

“We’ve got all the options on the table (but) we’re not going to name a team just yet,” Root said. “We’ll have to see the closer forecase and how that pitch changes over the next couple of days. But it’s a great place to play spin. It’s something we’ll weigh up and consider, but we’re not in a position to make that call right now.”

England has named a surprisingly settled squad for the upcoming Ashes 2021/22 tour, despite having lost six of their last nine Tests, and won just one. The squad contains no debutants, and all involved played Test cricket during the 2021 English summer.

Mitchell Starc And Josh Hazlewood Are Likely To Take The New Ball While Skipper Pat Cummins Will Be First Change

Australia’s selectors have kept the faith with the ‘Big Three’ combination of Pat Cummins, Mitchell Starc, and Josh Hazlewood that has collected a combined 631 Test wickets. Mitchell Starc had been in doubt to hold his spot, especially with Jhye Richardson, who had taken 15 wickets in his past two Sheffield Shield matches – including eight at the Gabba last month – bowling with accuracy and searing pace.

Mitchell Starc took 9 wickets in four Tests in Australia’s last Test series against India and his inconsistent performances continued at the T20 World Cup.

Australia's Mitchell Starc
Australia’s Mitchell Starc- Image Credit: AFP

Pat Cummins said Mitchell Starc and Josh Hazlewood were likely to still take the new ball, with the new captain keeping himself in reserve for the first change. On Saturday Australia head coach Justin Langer gave a strong endorsement of the incumbent pace trio’s preparation, despite the wet Brisbane weather in the lead-up.

“(Their preparation) has been excellent,” Langer said.

“We had some brilliant center-wicket practice (at Metricon Stadium), we always thought that their workloads coming from the World Cup and because we went so deep, that we might’ve had to work a bit harder on that, but they’ve been great.”

“They’ve had three or four center-wicket sessions, and you saw how the boys bowled (Saturday) – they’re up and about, and they’re very confident after the World Cup, and with the experience of their careers. So I’m happy with the way they’re going.” 

India upset Australia at the Gabba in January, but more bowler-friendly conditions are expected when the ground hosts the first Test on the back of a historically-wet Spring.

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Squads

Australia: Pat Cummins (c), Steve Smith (vc), Alex Carey, Cameron Green, Josh Hazlewood, Marcus Harris, Travis Head, Usman Khawaja, Marnus Labuschagne, Nathan Lyon, Michael Neser, Jhye Richardson, Mitchell Starc, Mitchell Swepson, David Warner

England: Joe Root (c), 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, Ben Stokes, Chris Woakes, Mark Wood

Schedule

First Test: December 8-12, The Gabba

Second Test: December 16-20, Adelaide Oval

Third Test: December 26-30, MCG

Fourth Test: January 5-9, SCG

Fifth Test: January 14-18, Perth Stadium

Chris Woakes. (Getty Images)
Chris Woakes. (Getty Images)
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Chris Woakes Urges Players To Leave Aside Pre-Ashes 2021/22 Scandals Off The Field

Chris Woakes, England’s all-rounder says he does not expect “personal” issues to be used in any sledging during the upcoming Ashes series. The build-up to the first Test, which gets underway in Brisbane next Wednesday, has been overshadowed by racism and sexism scandals.

English cricket has been engulfed by claims of institutional racism, while Tim Paine stepped down from his role as Australia captain last month following sexting revelations.

England’s Chris Woakes Photograph: Tom Jenkins/The Guardian
England’s Chris Woakes Photograph: Tom Jenkins/The Guardian

Chris Woakes: Needs To Figure Out To Keep Steve Smith Quiet

England paceman Chris Woakes called Thursday for the racism and sexting scandals that have overshadowed preparations for the opening Test against Australia (December 8) not to be used for sledging during the series.

Australian skipper Tim Paine quit over a text-message scandal while English cricket has been engulfed in claims of institutional racism mostly by former Yorkshire player Azeem Rafiq. But Chris Woakes said he was confident both sides would let the cricket do the talking when play starts at the Gabba ground next Wednesday.

Chris Woakes said: “Whatever goes on the field, goes on the field, and an Ashes series raises that rivalry.”

“I think what’s happened in both camps, a lot of the issues are personal and cricket is played best when that sort of stuff is left to the side and we let the skills do the talking, which I’m sure will happen,” said Chris Woakes.

“In my experience, playing in three Ashes series, it’s not overstepped the line once when I’ve been around. I don’t see it being any different. I’m sure the cricket will be hard-fought, as it always is, and it will be a great series to watch,” said Chris Woakes.

Chris Woakes says England is ready to meet the twin-pronged challenge of bowling with the Kookaburra ball and trying to dismiss Australia’s star batsman Steve Smith. The former Australia captain was named man of the series in the 2019 Ashes in England, scoring three hundred and three fifties for a total of 774 runs at an average of 110.57.

Steve Smith (Image Credit: Twitter)
Steve Smith (Image Credit: Twitter)

“I’ve bowled at Steve quite a lot. He’s a world-class player and had a lot of success against us as an England team,” Chris Woakes said.

“We’ve got to figure out ways to keep him quiet because, relatively speaking, when he does well Australia do well. I feel I have got him a few times but he’s probably been on 150 at the time! It would be nice to get him a little bit earlier and we need some good plans against him,” Chris Woakes said.

On comparing the Kookaburra ball to the Dukes, which is used in England, Chris Woakes said: “It’s very different to what we’re used to back at home. But we’ve got a lot of experienced guys who have played all around the world and used the Kookaburra quite a bit.”

So I suppose we’ll touch base with those guys and see what works. It’s trying to experiment different things with it because trying to get the ball to move sideways is probably the biggest challenge here. But obviously trying to get the ball off the straight is quite important.

“You naturally bowl a bit shorter here, but you don’t want to get drawn into bowling too short. Whichever team adapts to the (Gabba) pitch will probably come out on top.”

Preparations for both sides have been undermined by rain with England’s three-day practice match last week washed out except for 29 overs. England did get some action on Thursday as the touring England Lions reached 226 for four against them at Wellington Point in Queensland.

Alex Carey Set To Debut Instead Of Tim Paine Who Took An Indefinite Break After A Texting Scandal

Ben Stokes, playing for the first time since taking an indefinite break from all cricket in July to prioritize his mental well-being and rest a finger which he had fractured, took two wickets.

“The weather hasn’t been what you’d probably expect it to be in Australia,” said Chris  Woakes, who says he can play in the same Ashes team as fellow all-rounder Ben Stokes.

File picture of Alex Carey.© AFP
File picture of Alex Carey.© AFP

“But it was great to be out there and get some match practice with England. The lads have trained quite a bit but nothing better than being out in the middle and training for what we’re going to be coming up against in the next few weeks. You can do as many indoor nets and net sessions as you want, but middle practice is really important going into such a big series.”

Australia has confirmed their big selection call, with Alex Carey set to make his Test debut in the series opener, taking the wicketkeeping gloves from departed captain Tim Paine as Pat Cummins prepares to skipper the hosts.

Alex Carey was Thursday confirmed as Australia’s wicketkeeper for the first two Ashes Tests against England after scandal-hit former skipper Tim Paine stepped down. The 30-year-old has played limited-overs cricket for Australia and stood in as the one-day skipper in the West Indies this year, but is yet to feature in a Test match.

The 32-year old Chris Woakes could only feature in one Test this summer, playing in the fourth Test at the Oval against India. He recovered from his heel injury to replace Sam Curran and picked up four wickets in the first innings.

Chris Woakes followed it by scoring a crucial fifty. Before that, he played a stellar role in the August 2020 Test against Pakistan where he scored a crucial unbeaten 84 in the 2nd innings of the 1st Test.

Shane Warne
Shane Warne
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Shane Warne Picked His Ideal Australian Playing XI For The 1st Ashes Test

Shane Warne has picked his ideal Australian playing XI for the 1st Test match. Shane Warne feels that Marcus Harris and David Warner should open the batting for the Australian side.

The duo of Marnus Labuschagne and Steven Smith will occupy the No.3 and No.4 positions in the batting lineup. Travis Head and Cameron Green will walk in at No.5 and No.6 in Shane Warne’s Australian playing XI.

Shane Warne - Getty Images
Shane Warne – Getty Images

Shane Warne Picked His Ideal Australian Playing 11 For The 1st Ashes Test Starting December 8; The Former Spinner Picked Josh Inglis Instead Of Alex Carey.

The hugely awaited Ashes series between Australia and England is scheduled to begin in less than a week’s time. The two teams will lock horns in the 1st Test at The Gabba in Brisbane on 8th December 2021. Reports have stated that Alex Carey is all set to make his Test debut for the kangaroos in the 1st Test. However, Shane Warne has not picked Alex Carey in his XI. Instead, the leg-spin bowling wizard has opted for Josh Inglis as his wicket-keeper.

Alex Carey--Getty Images
Alex Carey–Getty Images

The Australian side has announced its final 15-member squad for the 1st and 2nd Ashes Test matches against visitors England. It has been confirmed that wicketkeeper-batsman Alex Carey will be making his Test debut for the kangaroos. The 1st Test is scheduled to commence on 8th December 2021. The previous Ashes series between England and Australia ended in a 2-2 draw.

Shane Warne Picked Pacers Pat Cummins, Jhye Richardson, And Josh Hazlewood Besides Spinner Nathan Lyon, Leaving Out Pacer Mitchell Starc

The bowling attack will comprise 3 fast bowlers and 1 spinner. The 3 pacers who will take the field for the Aussies for the 1st Test, according to Shane Warne, are skipper Pat Cummins, Jhye Richardson, and Josh Hazlewood. The lone spinner’s spot in the side will be taken up by veteran spinner Nathan Lyon.

Mitchell Starc (Image Credit: Twitter)
Mitchell Starc (Image Credit: Twitter)

Shane Warne is arguably the greatest bowler to have played for the Australian side in Test match cricket. The spin wizard Shane Warne picked up a staggering 708 wickets in his Test career and scalped a stunning 37 five-wicket hauls in the whites. He retired from the game in the year 2007.

Usman Khawaja has been recalled to Australia‘s 15-man squad to face England in the 2021-22 Ashes series, while Alex Carey was a late addition after regular skipper Tim Paine stepped away from the sport to take an “indefinite mental health break”.

Shane Warne’s Australia playing XI for 1st Ashes Test: David Warner, Marcus Harris, Marnus Labuschagne, Steven Smith, Travis Head, Cameron Green, Josh Inglis, Pat Cummins (C), Jhye Richardson, Nathan Lyon, Josh Hazlewood

Australia squad for 1st and 2nd Test: Pat Cummins (C), Alex Carey, Cameron Green, Marcus Harris, Josh Hazlewood, Travis Head, Usman Khawaja, Marnus Labuschagne, Nathan Lyon, Michael Neser, Jhye Richardson, Steve Smith (VC), Mitchell Starc, Mitchell Swepson, David Warner

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