Australia Gear Up for Game 2 of the Ashes as England Lead by 1-0

July 15 09:29 2015

ashesNew Delhi, Wednesday, July 15 – The way England won against Australia in the first Test match of the Ashes was terrific. It was complete team efforts that enabled them forget humiliating defeat at the hands of Aussies during the World Cup where the men in yellow caps logged 111-run win in style.

When England put a total of 430 runs for the loss of 10 wickets in their first innings at Sophia Gardens, Cardiff, hardly a few anticipated they would be able to take any lead especially when players like Michael Clarke, Steven Smith, Brad Haddin, Shane Watson, Josh Hazlewood, Mitchell Johnson, Nathan Lyon, Mitchell Marsh, Chris Rogers, Mitchell Starc and David Warner were part of it.

If records of the two teams are to be noticed then England were sent at the back foot by Australia. The victory in Tri-series earlier this year was enough to break momentum of English cricketers. But with the latest victory on the Clarke’s men is special in different aspects. It was never easy for a team to defeat Australia by more than 160 runs. Despite the fact that Australian bowlers finished stint of England at 289 runs in second innings, the batting lineup had to travel a long distance to be victorious at the end of the day.

England showed perfection in the department of fielding and bowling. they were able to defend the total after some good catches were taken. Bowlers showed discipline while bowling and ensured not to give many runs as extras.  Even though their skipper Alastair Cook struggled to be back in form, he made sure his boys are clear of their goal and that was to start the long tournament with a triumph at an early stage.

England vice-captain Joe Root played a beautiful and most importantly a much needed knock of 134 runs that actually set the foundation of his team’s victory. Moeen Ali, James Anderson and others were impressive too. Since the playing XI performed as a unit, England looked strong and dangerous. The support from home-side was amazing, boosting confidence of the players to do well as none wants to lose a match or series in familiar conditions. Since the second Test is to begin tomorrow at Lord’s in London, England is predicted to enjoy same support as the crowd is all set to back them.

But at the same time, the host is well aware of the fact that Australia house immense potential to bounce back. They are not a combination of players who easily digest defeat. Aussies may bounce back with double power, which could be a key cause behind one’s defeat in the mega face-off. Whatever happens next, it is certain that the Game 2 between England and Australia is to grab the eyeballs.

Toss will be important as this helps the winning Captain decide whether to ball or bat first after noticing the pitch conditions and making the most of their strengths accordingly. All preparations are almost done at the venue to host the match between two countries that love contesting each other in different tournaments.