Australia vs England Dec’17, 2nd Ashes Test Match Preview & Prediction by Golden Jeeto
The world-famous cricket series, Ashes 2017-2018 is back and a huge surge of excitement can be seen amongst the fans as they see the two epic rivals, England and Australia compete against one another to win the Ashes Cup.
The coveted Ashes Cup was last won by England in the year 2015, but seeing the results of the first test match of this year’s Ashes series, it looks like Australia is all set to sweep the England team off their feet.
The first test match of Ashes 2017-2018 commenced on 23rd November 2017 and ended on 27th November 2017. The venue for this grand opening of the series was The Gabba in Brisbane. England won the toss and opted to bat first. The first test match was won by Australia with 10 wickets and it was indeed a remarkable victory. It looks like after they were defeated by the Indian cricket team, the Australian team has decided to make a striking comeback.
The second test for Ashes 2017 is scheduled to begin on 2nd Dec and it will end on 6th December 2017. The match will take place at Adelaide Oval stadium in Adelaide and fans are eagerly waiting to watch the grueling performance of the players from both the teams. The victory over England in the first test match with 10 wickets has really made the Australian team extremely confident. But, the team of England has also been practicing hard and they gave a tough fight to Australia. With the help of the grinding batting and awesome bowling, England has started making preparations to win this match.
|Match||Ashes 2017-18, Australia vs England, 2nd Test Match|
|Date||2nd Dec’17, Sat – 6th Dec’17, Wed at 09:00 AM Local Time / 03:30 AM GMT|
|Venue||Adelaide Oval, Adelaide|
Here are the squad predictions for the second test match:
Australia Cricket Team:
The test squad of Australia for the second test match will comprise of the captain Steven Smith, David Warner, Cameron Bancroft, Usman Khawaja, Peter Handscomb, Shaun Marsh, Tim Paine, Mitchell Starc, Pat Cummins, Nathan Lyon, Josh Hazlewood, Jackson Bird, Chadd Sayers and Glenn Maxwell.
England Cricket Team:
The test squad of England for the second test match will include players like Alastair Cook, Mark Stoneman, Dawid Malan, Gary Ballance, James Vince, Moeen Ali, Jonny Bairstow, Mason Crane, Ben Foakes, Chris Woakes, Stuart Broad, James Anderson, Jake Ball, Craig Overton and Tom Curran. The team will play under the able captainship of Joe Root.
|Steven Smith(c)||Batsman||Joe Root(c)||Batsman|
|David Warner||Batsman||Alastair Cook||Batsman|
|Cameron Bancroft||WK-Batsman||Mark Stoneman||WK-Batsman|
|Usman Khawaja||Batsman||Dawid Malan||Batting Allrounder|
|Peter Handscomb||Batsman||Gary Ballance||Batsman|
|Shaun Marsh||Batsman||James Vince||Batsman|
|Tim Paine||WK-Batsman||Moeen Ali||Batting Allrounder|
|Mitchell Starc||Bowler||Jonny Bairstow||WK-Batsman|
|Pat Cummins||Bowler||Mason Crane||Bowler|
|Nathan Lyon||Bowler||Ben Foakes||WK-Batsman|
|Josh Hazlewood||Bowler||Chris Woakes||Bowling Allrounder|
|Jackson Bird||Bowler||Stuart Broad||Bowling Allrounder|
|Chadd Sayers||Bowler||James Anderson||Bowler|
|Glenn Maxwell||Batting Allrounder||Jake Ball||Bowler|
|Craig Overton||Bowling Allrounder|
Players to Watch and Match Predictions:
If England has to beat Australia in the second test match of Ashes 2017, then the opening batsmen need to play better. Alastair Cook has to be a little more careful and hit a good opening score. Mark Stoneman, James Vince, Dawid Malan and Moeen Ali were the major highlights of the first innings of England and it is expected that these players will perform even better in this match. As far as the England bowlers are concerned, Stuard Broad is expected to showcase his skills at bowling and take the maximum number of wickets.
The Australian team is in great shape with great batsmen like Steven Smith and Shaun Marsh and great bowlers like Nathan Lyon. Nathan Lyon was the hero of the Australian team in the first test match. Therefore, he is likely to give a great performance in the second test match too. David Warner and Peter Handscomb are expected to score more. Usman Khawaja has to loosen up a bit as he is undergoing pressure on the field and thus he is not able to perform according to his potential.
Overall, both the teams are working extremely hard to perform better. With both teams competing at such a good level, it is one of the matches that you must certainly not miss.
Predicted Winner: Team Australia