A win in the second Ashes despite the absence of two major bowlers – Skipper Pat Cummins and Josh Hazelwood – demonstrated that nothing is wrong in the Australian camp. On the other hand, the English team has become more predictable and has fallen asleep. Australia is now one victory away from winning their 34th Ashes series. They can do it in the third Test, which begins on December 26th at the Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG).
It was a close game in which England used all of their resources. Chasing 473 in the first innings, England barely made it to 236 thanks to David Malan’s 80 and skipper Joe Root’s 62. Rather than opting out to force a follow-on, the hosts batted first and set a target of 468. After the top-order collapse, Jos Buttler and Chris Woakes showed some reluctance to take the Test in the final session. However, the battle was lost by 275 runs due to Buttler’s fall from a poorly judged shot.
Marnus Labuschagne of Australia won the player of the match award after scoring a century followed by a fifty in the second innings. He has also risen to the top of the ICC Test Batsmen rankings. Jhye Richardson, Hazelwood’s replacement, took a fifer in the second innings to give Australia a 2-0 lead. With the victory, Australia has surpassed Sri Lanka to take first place in the ICC World Test Championship 2021-23. While England has now dropped to second place with only six points in six games. England has now lost 11 and drawn one of the last 12 Tests played in Australia. Despite their poor record, Australia is the bookies’ favourite to win the third Ashes.
The match will take place on December 26, 2021, at Melbourne Cricket Ground in Melbourne.
Match Details to Note
Match: The Ashes, 2021-22, 3rd Test, The Ashes, 2021-22
Date: December 26, 2021 (Sunday)
Time: 4:00 AM IST
Venue: Melbourne Cricket Ground, Melbourne
Australia vs England Team Previews
What a strong start for Australia’s ICC WTC campaign. After losing skipper Tim Paine to a controversy, Coach Justin Langer would not have expected such an easy pass from the English side. His batting lineup has been extremely strong. His bowling unit, regardless of who is in the playing eleven, is throwing all the fire. Winning comfortably while missing Pat Cummins and Josh Hazelwood isn’t for everyone.
In the second Test, David Warner again fell short of his well-deserved century. He’ll be prepared to go toe-to-toe with Marcus Harris. The Australian management has decided to stick with underperforming Marcus Harris, whose average has now fallen to 22.19 following the conclusion of his 12th Test. Australia may choose Usman Khwaja to open the innings instead of Harris, who has 484 runs at an average of 96.8 as an opener. With Steve Smith and Travis Head in the middle order, Australia has found strength, and they will expect both to continue their form in the third Ashes.
Cummins is set to return after missing the second Ashes Test. He will take over for Michael Neser. However, Josh Hazelwood will be absent from the starting lineup once more due to a side injury. In the second inning, Mitchell Starc felt a twinge in his ribs while batting. However, Coach Justin Langer is confident that Starc will be included in the team for the third Ashes Test. Scott Boland has been added to the squad as a backup after a stellar performance in the Sheffield Shield tournament (15 wickets in two matches). In Hazelwood’s absence, Jhye Richardson will continue to see more playing time.
Pat Cummins (c), Steve Smith (vc), Scott Boland, Alex Carey (wk), Cameron Green, Marcus Harris, Josh Hazlewood, Travis Head, Usman Khawaja, Marnus Labuschagne, Nathan Lyon, Michael Neser, Jhye Richardson, Mitchell Starc, Mitchell Swepson, David Warner
Predicted XI: David Warner, Marcus Harris, Marnus Labuschagne, Steven Smith, Travis Head, Cameron Green, Alex Carey (wk), Pat Cummins (c), Mitchell Starc, Nathan Lyon, Jhye Richardson
England must determine its strength as it moves forward. They haven’t yet lost the Ashes. There is still a chance for the visitors to make a comeback with a perfect balance of the top-order and bowling unit. England’s openers will be Haseeb Hameed and Rory Burns, as Zak Crawley is unlikely to play. The ineffective openers have placed a heavy burden on the shoulders of Root and David Malan, which both have handled admirably. Malan and Root are England’s only two standout top-order batters.
Ben Stokes appears to still require some time to regain his former form. England can rely on his superpowers, but he should have a backup plan in case he fails to perform again. Jonny Bairstow should replace Ollie Pope in the visitors’ starting lineup. In his last few innings, Pope’s batting average has fallen well below 30. Chris Woakes’ batting abilities have astounded everyone. Despite the fact that his bowling in the second Ashes was not up to par. Anderson and Stuart Broad, along with Woakes and Ollie Robinson, will continue to lead the bowling department.
Joe Root (c), James Anderson, Jonny Bairstow, Dom Bess, Stuart Broad, Rory Burns, Jos Buttler, Zak Crawley, Haseeb Hameed, Dan Lawrence, Jack Leach, Dawid Malan, Craig Overton, Ollie Pope, Ollie Robinson, Ben Stokes, Chris Woakes, Mark Wood
Predicted XI: Rory Burns, Haseeb Hameed, Dawid Malan, Joe Root (c), Ben Stokes, Jonny Bairstow, Jos Buttler (wk), Chris Woakes, Ollie Robinson, Mark Wood, Jack Leach
Australia vs England Toss Prediction
In the 114 Tests played so far, the team batting first has won 56 times, while the team batting second has won 40 times. The average score in the first inning is 311. The team that wins the toss should bat first.
Pitch and Weather Conditions
The game will take place at Melbourne Cricket Ground. This will be the 114th Test hosted by the venue since its inception in 1877. The MCG, which opened in 1854, has a seating capacity of over 100,000 people.
The majority of the days will be partly cloudy. The temperature will range from 12°C to 27°C, with winds ranging from 13kmh to 23kmh. The pitch at the MCG is ideal for batting. The recent tests held by the venue indicate that the teams are struggling to put up big numbers.
Australia vs England Match Prediction
The Australians are driving in top gear. They haven’t struggled in either of the two games they’ve played so far. They were unconcerned about losing their key players in the second Test. England, on the other hand, has yet to demonstrate the tenacity required to win. They appear tired, timid, and slouched. A major overhaul is required if they are to have a chance in the Boxing Day Test.
Australia is the favourite to beat England at the odds of 1.25.
- Australia won the second Ashes match to take a 2-0 lead over the visitors in Adelaide.
- England has now lost 11 of their last 12 Tests in Australia, with a draw.