Doesn’t it make an amazing difference when the sun shines? If this weather keeps up and we should be in for a glorious summer of Ashes test cricket betting
Ahead of the first test let’s have a look at some of the key players for England who could retain the Ashes for the home team.
In the batting lineup Alistair Cooke has been in fantastic form for the last 18 months and England will be looking to him to pile up the runs against Australia.
In addition as he gains experience his captaincy is becoming more astute and his decision making more reliable so let’s look upon his decision to declare in the third test against New Zealand as an abomination.
Where once Cooke would have opened with Strauss in a very strong looking England opening partnership in this test we have a Rookie opener in Joe Root and the Australian bowling attack will no doubt be looking to find any deficiencies in his technique.
Balancing out the inclusion of Root as an inexperienced opener, we have the return of Kevin Pieterson who, on his day can be one of the most destructive hitters in any form of the game.
If Root and Pieterson can find any sort of form around the solid axis of Cook and Trott then the England top order could amass a huge pile of runs.
England also bat deep with Prior being a batsmen who can keep wicket and both Broad and Swann capable of bringing up a rearguard action if required.
As for the bowling attack: Jimmy Anderson is probably the best fastest bowler in world cricket at the moment and he will be ably backed up by Stuart Broad. Finn is in good form and Onions provides good backup for the first choice attack.
And let’s not forget the measured control of Graeme Swann who if the conditions allow some turn, can take the vital wickets needed is to win the game.
By contrast Australia are shorn of confidence and for one of the first times in living memory come into this game as clear outsiders.
England are 10/11 at Skybet to win the first test and if you fancy backing Australia you can get a massive 10 to 3 at Boyle sports. Of course if this weather keeps up then the likelihood of a draw becomes very real as we will see play on all five days.