Britain and Australia will lock horns during the Boxing Day Ashes Trial, which begins Sunday, December 26 at the Melbourne Cricket Ground.
The England team, led by Joe Root, has been in serious trouble in its five-match Test series so far. After humiliatingly knocking down nine sticks against The Gabba, the Briton lost the Day-Night Adelaide Test with 275 runs. Falling 0-2 in the series, the away team are staring down the barrel.
Root also became the England captain with the highest number of kills in Test cricket after he passed Alastair Cookof the tally. The Three Lions hit the panic button really well and made as many as four changes to their play out of eleven games compared to their previous encounter with the Ashes.
Zak Crawley was brought on to replace Rory Burns, who looked completely out of place. Chris Woakes and Stuart Broad have not found a place in the group of 11 after their poor performance last time. Mark Wood has found his way back to the plan of things.
The away team also called back Jack Leach, who failed the pink ball test. Jonny Bairstow has replaced Ollie Pope in eleven. There could also be some nervous energy in the England dressing room after Root criticized the pitchers for not hitting the right channel during the Adelaide Test.
On the other hand, Australia must be filled with confidence after gaining the upper hand. The home team made two changes to their play with the number 11 despite their win last time out. Pat Cummins has returned to lead the team after he missed the previous game.
Scott Boland is also set to make his Test debut after making his white debut five years ago in 2016. Michael Neser and Jhye Richardson failed to find a place in the 11th team. Richardson picked up a better man in Adelaide, but is said to have been in pain after bowling 38 rounds.
Can England beat Australia in the third challenge?
Australia is clearly the favorite to win the next Ash Test in Melbourne without a doubt. Their bowling was a success and those who hit them didn’t die either.
England are still finding their right combination and it is obvious that they have made four changes to their number 11. The British have a tough task in the Melbourne exam.
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