And so we go to Headingley…
England need to reset once more as they travel around Leeds, in which the visitors understand a victory will secure that the Ashes Following Australia clung to secure an essential draw during an abysmal, pulsating, thrilling Lord’s Test match.
The simple fact that one bad England afternoon over the next three Tests might cost them the series has not been lost on anybody, therefore Joe Root would take it one match at a time, and that I feel the Three Lions beat the Aussies at Headingley to level the series.
Following the crushing Edgbaston defeat, we saw a significant momentum change of course courtesy of Jofra Archer — in Lord’s. Not since Kevin Pietersen’s debut in 2005 have seen that a player make such an immediate impact on the England side, and his frightening spell of fast bowling to rough up the imperious Steve Smith felt like a landmark moment for this particular England Test side. For the very first time in a long time, England possess a weapon which can terrify the batsmen.
According CricViz, the Lord’s pitch we found last week was that the second-slowest since 2005 to, nonetheless Headingley was the fastest pitch of England over precisely the period of time. Together with the fear factor surrounding Jofra’s express pace, he could do some unspeakable harm to the fragile Aussie batting line-up — helped by the dependable Stuart Broad and Chris Woakes, of course.
Australia have Pat Cummins inside their side who will act as their particular enforcer-in-chief, therefore it’s down to that group handles top with the bat to the barrage. With Steve Smith a concussion doubt, the Aussie openers hapless and England’s middle order of Jos Buttler, Ben Stokes and Jonny Bairstow all from the runs match, this looks a perfect storm for a comeback success.
England’s recent results at Headingley have not been good –winning only three of the previous six–but as the Australians revealed in Birmingham, it is a series where the history books are going to be torn up.
My suggestion for the top first innings of Australia batsman to be Marnus Labuschagne.
Together with Steve Smith ruled from this Test match, the most remarkable Labuschagne, who struck a half-century at Smith’s area to save the game at Lord’s, will surely come in.
The 25-year-old was scoring runs for pleasure with Glamorgan this year, and seemed unfazed from Archer’s thunderbolts after being struck in the helmet once he arrived in — which is the sign of a gutsy, well-organised participant.
David Warner (Stuart Broad’s rabbit ) can’t buy a streak, Cameron Bancroft is futile, Usman Khawaja is suspicious in England, Matthew Wade is threatening nevertheless inconsistent, and Tim Paine (who’s as numerous First Class centuries since Stuart Broad) is not a Test batsman.
I believe Travis Head is an superb player who has potential to high score to the Aussies, however Labuschagne impressed me on Sunday, so he gets my nod.
I’ve got a great long price to complete up: Jofra Archer to be Man of the Match in a enormous 12/1.
In other words, Archer is a match-winner, and 12/1 to get a bowler as catastrophic as Archer to acquire MOTM on such a quick pitch (against a side that are without Steve Smith) is just too large.