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Australia, England Gear Up for Edgbaston Test as Teams Eye Lead

July 28
10:02 2015

engNew Delhi, Tuesday, July 28 – The mega face-off between Australia and England  at Edgbaston will be for lead as the 3rd Test match is decisive for both playing XIs and will start tomorrow. Birmingham is set to host thrilling contest as none of the team would like to miss the chance of bouncing back.

Australians look strong thanks to presence of Chris Rogers, Steven Smith, Josh Hazlewood, Mitchell Johnson, Mitchell Starc, Adam Voges, David Warner, Shane Watson, Nathan Lyon and Mitchell Marsh.  Michael Clarke’s performance will be crucial too as the Australian skipper looks forward to score runs and lend a hand to his teammates to be on a safer side.

Hopes are up from the Aussies as it being a group of talented cricketers who house the potential to change the game at any point of time. A solid start is anticipated as a victory is what each team wants. England captain Alastair Cook who probably didn’t think of losing the 2nd Test post his squad’s win against Australia in the 1st encounter also believes in putting best foot forward. Losing at the hands of guest is what he and his boys wouldn’t want for another time. England’s thought of winning could be a major hurdle for the tourists this time and that they know it very well that is not going to be an easy job given that 24-year-old Joe Root, Gary Ballance, Ian Bell, Ben Stokes, right-handed batsman Jos Buttler, Moeen Ali, Stuart Broad, Adam Lyth, Mark Wood, Steven Finn, fast bowler James Anderson etc. make a combination which adds to pressure while batting, bowling and fielding.

Since the host started the tournament with a success in Cardiff Test, giving opponents no chance to feel themselves in the game, chances of England winning the next one is high. The triumph of 169 runs solidifies that consideration. Home support is likely to remain terrific for the home-side in view of the fact that joyful supporters previously turned up in the stadium to back England the moment a boundary or six was hit and wickets were taken. Same scenario did not come into view in Game 2 at Lord’s, London, given that Australia gained a grip in the competition and remained on the front foot. The clash became one-sided after English cricketers did not succeed to send Aussies back to the pavilion.

The visitors interpreted mood of the pitch perfectly and hit the ball hard. A few among them spent time on the crease that was important. At the moment, England look forward to perform as they did in opening match in opposition to Australia as this is pivotal to be a step ahead. Given that Aussies picked up unexpectedly in the lately concluded contest, England felt the stress. Winning the toss will be crucial being a key to let one of the skippers to make a decision to either opt for batting or bowling first.

Preparations are in full swing in the stadium for the reason that Ashes is a battle contest which connects the audience and grabs their attention. With 1-1 victories each in pocket, England and Australia are hoping to do their best in the ongoing tournament. England’s performance on the home turf will be watched as they would need to prove their dominance if motto is to build psychological pressure on the rivals. It is highly interesting to notice strategies made by the powerhouses who can’t digest a defeat in bigger tournaments and, of course, the Ashes.


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