Ashes 2019 is finally upon us as England takes on Australia Live in the first Ashes Test at Edgbaston, Birmingham.
The hosts have had quite a month, winning their first-ever ODI World Cup a fortnight ago and Three Lions will be looking to make this the most successful summer off all time by reclaiming the Ashes trophy.
OFFICIAL STARTING ELEVEN
Australia have won the toss and have opted to bat
England (Playing XI): Rory Burns, Jason Roy, Joe Root(c), Joe Denly, Jos Buttler, Ben Stokes, Jonny Bairstow(w), Moeen Ali, Chris Woakes, Stuart Broad, James Anderson
Australia (Playing XI): David Warner, Cameron Bancroft, Usman Khawaja, Steven Smith, Travis Head, Matthew Wade, Tim Paine(w/c), James Pattinson, Pat Cummins, Peter Siddle, Nathan Lyon
WHAT IS IT
First Ashes Test of the 5 match series
HOW TO WATCH
WHERE IS IT
The first Test between England vs Australia will take place live at Edgbaston, Birmingham.
WHEN IS IT
England vs Australia will kickoff Live at 10:00 AM BST
England have included Jason Roy in the Test team squad and the opener is set to start in his second test alongside Rory Burns with Joe Denly coming in at Number three.
The seam department should include Chris Woakes, Jimmy Anderson and Stuart Broad with Sam Curran and Ben Stokes filling up the allrounder spots.
Jonny Bairstow and Jos Buttler will occupy the middle order with Root coming in at no. 4.
As for Australia, the Kangaroos are expected to come out with 4 seamers including Josh Hazlewood, Patrick Cummins, James Pattinson/Mitchell Starc and Mitchell Marsh.
David Warner and Cameron Bancroft could open the innings for the touring squad with Khawaja and Smith coming in at No.3 and No.4 and the likes of Labuschagne and Paine making up the middle order.
It’s tough to see Australia coming away with a win. On paper, England are a more balanced and in-form side, but Paine and co. certainly have the bowling department to cause some problems to the host.
It would be an interesting game with a lot depending on the condition, pitch and toss.
What is your prediction?