Australia vs. England, 1st Test, Ashes 2013 Odds, Prediction, and Pick
After a successful Champions Trophy 2013, England is ready to host much anticipated Investec Ashes 2013. The Ashes is probably the biggest rivalry in the history of Test Cricket. The first match of this five test match series will be commencing on 10 July 2013 at 10:00 GMT at Nottingham. Due to many controversies on and off the field, it will be a crucial game for Australia. England probably has one of the best test lineups in Cricket and it would be interesting how Aussie pace bowlers deal with English Batsmen. Regardless of the form of both the sides, an engrossing contest is certainly on the cards.
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As far as recent form is concerned, nothing has been fruitful for Australia. They were beaten ruthlessly in India in their last test series. Their Champions Trophy campaign didn't yield good results as they were knocked out in the group stage. Their recent form, in preparatory games has been excellent. The top order has gotten some runs and Watson who can make a huge difference looked to be at his very best. Exactly opposite to that of Australia, England has been phenomenal in recent past. They reached Champions Trophy final and before that they whitewashed India in India. Return of Kevin Peterson boosts their confidence even further. On paper, they look to be an excellent unit with Cook and Root opening followed by Kevin and Trott. Ashes have always offered thrilling games and this time it is not expected to be any different.
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It is a long test series and taking early lead in the series can mount some serious pressure on the other side. England is in fine form whereas Australia has a terrible cricketing summer earlier this year and they'd be looking to forget that and perform well in this series. Can this series bring change of fortunes for Australian side? England has been in terrific form and their overall side on paper and form looks better than their opponents. The hosts are favorites for this game.
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Jonathan Trott showed tremendous form with the bat in Champions Trophy and tests matches played earlier this season. He is a classical test player who accumulates runs without taking many risks. Considering his form and recent statistics, he can be the top scorer for England and hence might receive player of the match award.