The Ashes get going in Brisbane on Thursday, with England hoping to protect the urn they won on home soil in 2015. Australia, who whitewashed the voyagers 5-0 when England last visited down under in 2013-14, are clear top picks to win, however England have triumphed in four of the previous five arrangement. Test Match Special observers, cricket writers and savants give their perspectives on what will happen this time around.
The Ashes, Australia vs England Fixtures:
- Australia vs England, 1st Test at The Gabba, Brisbane
Date: Nov 23, Thu – Nov 27
Time: 5:29 AM IST
- Australia vs England, 2nd Test at the Adelaide Oval, Adelaide
Date: Dec 02, Sat – Dec 06
Time: 9:00 AM IST
- Australia vs England, 3rd Test at the W.A.C.A. Ground, Perth
Date: Dec 14, Thu – Dec 18
Time: 8:00 AM IST
- Australia vs England, 4th Test at the Melbourne Cricket Ground, Melbourne
Date: Dec 26, Tue – Dec 30
Time: 5:00 AM IST
- Australia vs England, 5th Test at the Sydney Cricket Ground, Sydney
Date: Jan 04, Thu – Jan 08
Time: 5:00 AM IST
The Ashes between Australia and England Sony Pictures Networks (SPN), with Sony SIX/HD telecasting the live matches. The Live streaming of the series will be available online on Funpointz website.
Ashes: England or Australia who will win? Pundits make their predictions
Australia have been invulnerable against England in Brisbane and Perth for the best piece of 30 years, yet I have high trusts in the vacationers in Adelaide. The day-night design and the pink ball could make James Anderson and Stuart Broad more compelling than they would be on the off chance that it was a typical diversion. I can’t see many draws and, however I’m stating Australia will win by two matches, I wouldn’t be astonished if England come through superior to that.
Forecast: Australia 3-1 England
Michael Vaughan, captained England to Ashes triumph in 2005:
We’ll have a vastly improved thought of the bearing of this arrangement after the primary Test. On the off chance that England escape in Brisbane, it could be a sensation that this has happened before from their last visit. In any case, I have a sneaking doubt that the climate may help them at the Gabba and I feel they will win a Test on the visit, either in Adelaide or Melbourne. They won’t win in Perth or Sydney, so right now I can’t see them winning the arrangement.
Graeme Swann, Ashes champ in 2009, 2010-11 and 2013:
I don’t think this Australia group are comparable to they are endeavoring to make themselves out to be, and England are more grounded than we have been persuaded. I don’t know where, why, or when, yet I do figure England will win the arrangement.
Expectation: Australia 1-2 England
Matt Prior, Ashes champ in 2009, 2010-11 and 2013:
The concentrate has been such a great amount on England. Australia appear as though they have made a few determinations that have been chosen of a cap. The two groups have hotshot quality, yet they have youthful players. As the development has gone on, I have felt increasingly sure. You generally play better as an underdog. Britain will accomplish something unique.
Expectation: Australia 1-3 England
Jim Maxwell, ABC observer:
Britain need to figure out how to oppose Australia in the main Test. On the off chance that they can receive in return with even a draw, they are in the battle for more and they can get to Adelaide’s very much grassed pitch. In any case, their batting is light to the point that the Australia pace assault will make a wreck of them. That doesn’t imply that Australia’s batting is without issues, however I think the home side will probably get wickets, quicker.
Forecast: Australia 4-1 England
Phil Tufnell, played in five Ashes arrangement:
These are two batting line-ups that don’t seem to be exceptionally solid, up against two great knocking down some pins line-ups. In this manner, despite the fact that there may be awful climate around in Brisbane, I can’t see many draws. It’s constantly hard to beat Australia in their own particular back yard, yet England can hold the Ashes.
Forecast: Australia 2-2 England
Vic Marks, previous England spinner:
Britain once in a while win arrangement in Australia. I can see them getting one in Adelaide in the event that they get the chance to bowl at the correct time, and some place it will rain to give us a draw. It could be set up for a spine chiller in Sydney, with Australia 2-1 up, and England not exactly pulling it off.
Expectation: Australia 3-1 England
Adelaide Oval under the floodlights
Australia beat New Zealand in the inaugural day-night Test in Adelaide in 2015:
Dan Norcross, Test Match Special observer
I’m not hopeful. Britain battle and when Australia excel they can make things quite unpleasant for a visiting sides. Nonetheless, Australia’s go down playing is really feeble, so it could go one of two ways. Any kind of damage to the Australia rocking the bowling alley assault could prompt England being aggressive in a tight arrangement. In the event that they remain fit, Australia will win enormous.
Forecast: Australia 4-0 England
Isa Guha, Women’s Ashes victor:
It’s difficult to make a forecast since such a great amount of relies upon the result of the primary Test. Australia have a decent knocking down some pins assault who know precisely what to do in these conditions. In any case, similar to England, their batting line-up is extremely eccentric. I like that Mark Stoneman has influenced keeps running for England and they to have a solid center request – Jonny Bairstow and Moeen Ali will advance up without Ben Stokes.