The Oldest and arguably the most prestigious cricketing tournament in the history of the sport, the Ashes, this year will be played in England. Australia who is fresh from a victorious World Cup campaign in the limited over format will be aware of the threat that the England team carry at home and will be well prepared for the challenges that await them.
The English who were thrown out of the World Cup by Bangladesh humiliatingly in the group stage have a point to prove in the home series and will want to regain the Ashes after losing it 5-0 to Australia in Australia in the 2013-14 season. We here have tried to give all the fans of the sport from all around the world a small article including the Preview and Prediction of the 1st test match in the Ashes 2015 series. We have also included the line ups expected to face each other come the first game of the series.
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The first match of the Ashes series will be start at 11:00 local time on Wednesday the 8th of July. The Sophia Gardens in Cardiff will host the first match between England and Australia. The weather for all the 5 days at Cardiff looks positive with almost no chance of rain. We can expect a full match and can expect both teams to give their best shot.
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The Australians after being crowned the World Champion toured the West Indies and beat them comfortably in both the test matches on the tour. They will be confident with both the bat and the ball as Smith went close to a 200 in the last match and Mitchell Starc along with Hazlewood made it really hard for the West Indians.
Though with England, the mighty Australians will have a new set of challenges and will have to be at their best to beat the English in their home ground. Though, it must be said England did not have the best of the series against New Zealand a few weeks ago. They were lucky to have won the first test and the inevitable loss came in the second. They will have to improve on their performance against the Kiwis if they want to regain the Ashes on their home Turf.
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Alastair Cook (Captain), James Anderson, Joe Root, Ian Bell, Jos Buttler, Stuart Broad, Moeen Ali, Ben Stokes, Mark Wood, Gary Balance and Adam Lyth.
Michael Clarke (Captain), Steven Smith, Mitchell Johnson, Josh Hazlewood, Mitchell Starc, Brad Haddin, Shane Watson, David Warner, Nathon Lyon, Chris Rogers and Adam Voges.
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The Australian is a bunch of confident players after having a great 2015 up to now in all format of the game. They have once again regained the status of a ‘hard to beat’ team and will start the first game against England in England as favorite. As per Sports Mirchi predictions Australia have 60 percent winning chances of first Ashes Test.
But England will not sit back and wait for things to happen and will want to start off the series on the right foot. They will make it hard for the tourists to get anything from the game but will have to do very well if they want to stop the Aussies from running away with the game.
The Ashes series between England and Australia has traditionally seen some historic games in the field of cricket. This year, with the world of cricket changing drastically, we may be able to see more history made when these two cricketing giants meet each other. Make sure you don’t miss out on the Ashes and come back here to check out reports on the days play when the game starts.