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A special game between a bat and a ball can shape this Ashes series.
Pat Cummins will lead the home team and see Australia’s cricket test captain from the perspective of a fast bowler for the first time since the 1950s. Joe Root is ready to lead England again with a bat in a series that he thinks may define his career.
“Australia’s bowling captain and England’s batting captain-it would be great for two captains to play side by side,” England goalkeeper Jos Butler said on the eve of the first test.
Root is already feeling some pressure before confirming that Jimmy Anderson, the leading test taker in England’s history, will miss the first test at Gabba on Wednesday.
Butler said that the team’s veteran players are ready to support Root, and the return of inspiring all-around player Ben Stokes will also help.
“We know he is our best player. We want to support him, help him, and share the burden,” Butler said of Rutte. “His condition is incredible. He came here determined to continue to do so.
“This is a huge series for him.” Root participated in this series as the world’s leading test batter. He scored 1,455 in 12 tests in 2021, with an average score of 66.
But since the 2010-11 season’s drought-breaking series won Down Under, England has lost 9 of the 10 tests conducted in Australia, and most of them have lost the game. Root has participated in the last two tournaments and served as the captain in a 4-0 loss in the 2017-18 season.
Then there is England’s record at Gabba, which has not won a test since 1986 and has only recorded two victories since 1946.
Butler said that England only looked back in January, when the seriously injured Indian team ended Australia’s unbeaten record at Gabba Stadium and won the series victory, which dates back to 1988.
“I think we have nothing to lose… (but) everything is available,” he said. “You know that to do this when playing against Australia here, you have to stay at your best.”
England released a 12-man squad on Tuesday, leaving most of the speculation about the formation of the bowling offense. Stuart Broad, Chris Woakes, Mark Wood and Ollie Robinson are listed as professional speed bowlers, and left arm spinner Jack Leach is also involved. The initial XI will be confirmed during the coin toss.
Cummins revealed his starting XI in advance to allow himself enough time to adapt to his new job. This now includes attending a pre-match press conference and going out to toss a coin instead of marking him ready to bowl a run-up.
The 28-year-old Cummins made his debut as a teenager in 2011 and was promoted to captain after Tim Paine resigned last month. The media reported that he was managed by cricket four years ago for sending clear texts to the work. The clerk investigates a colleague.
He said he plans to rely heavily on his experienced deputy Steve Smith, who was replaced by Payne as the Australian test captain in 2018 after the infamous sandpaper door scandal in South Africa.
When Australia retained Ashes in England in 2019, he was suspended and was the leading batsman.
“Smith and I have been good partners for a long time. When I was 18, I sometimes slept on his sofa,” Cummins said. “He is a legend in this sport. Of course, sometimes I rely on his ideas.
“Sometimes I need to rest-it’s okay to give it to him.” Alex Carey got goalkeeper gloves to replace Paine, and Travis Hyde was kept in the 5th position to hit the ball.
Since the 2-1 loss to India in January, the Australians have not participated in the test, while the England team played in Sri Lanka and India, and hosted New Zealand and India in the series.
But the wet weather and isolation requirements mean that neither team will enter the series with a lot of red ball cricket.
Most members of the Australian team participated in the 2020 World Cup victory in the United Arab Emirates last month. Coach Justin Langer gave the team more control over preparations during the game.
This is what Cummins wants to bring into the field of testing.
“The environment we created in the World Cup is a blueprint,” he said. “A relaxed environment allows everyone to do things their own way. Tailor-made preparations. This is a good experience we learned in the World Cup. lesson.”
England XI: Joe Root (c), Rory Burns, Jos Buttler, Haseeb Hameed, Jack Leach, Dawid Malan, Ollie Pope, Ollie Robinson, Ben Stokes, Chris Woakes, Mark Wood
Australia Eleven: Marcus Harris, David Warner, Manus Labusiana, Steve Smith, Travis Hyde, Cameron Green, Alex Carey (week) , Pat Cummins (c), Mitch Stark, Nathan Lyon, Josh Hadswood