And so we Proceed to Headingley…
After Australia clung on to secure a crucial draw pulsating, exciting Lord’s Test match, England need to reset as they journey up to Leeds, where the people know a victory would secure that the Ashes.
The fact that one bad England afternoon during the next three Tests may cost them the series hasn’t been lost on anyone, therefore Joe Root would take it one game at one moment, and that I feel that the Three Lions beat the Aussies at Headingley to level the collection.
After the Edgbaston defeat, we saw that a significant momentum change in Lord’s. Not since Kevin Pietersen’s introduction in 2005 have we seen a player make this kind of immediate impact on this England side, and his terrifying bout of fast bowling to rough up the imperious Steve Smith felt like a landmark moment with this England Test side. For the first time in a long, long time, England possess a weapon that will terrify the Australian batsmen.
According to CricViz, the Lord’s pitch we saw last week has been the second-slowest since 2005, however Headingley was England pitch within the period of time. Together with the fear factor surrounding Jofra’s express pace, he can do some unspeakable damage to the fragile Aussie batting line-up — helped by the reliable Stuart Broad and Chris Woakes, naturally.
Australia have Pat Cummins within their side that will function as their, so it’s down to that group handles the barrage top with the piano. With Steve Smith a concussion uncertainty, the Aussie openers hapless and England’s middle order of Jos Buttler, Ben Stokes and Jonny Bairstow all in the runs match, this seems a perfect storm for a comeback success.
England’s recent results at Headingley haven’t been good –winning just three of the last six–but as the Australians showed in Birmingham, it is a string where the history books will be booted.
My tip for the top first innings of Australia batsman to be Marnus Labuschagne.
With Steve Smith ruled out of the Test match, the most impressive Labuschagne, who hit a half-century in Smith’s place to save the match at Lord’s, will definitely come in.
The 25-year-old was scoring runs for fun with Glamorgan this season, and looked unfazed by Archer’s thunderbolts after being hit in the helmet when he came in — that is the sign of a gutsy, well-organised player.
David Warner (Stuart Broad’s rabbit ) can’t purchase a streak, Cameron Bancroft is useless, Usman Khawaja is suspicious in England, Matthew Wade is threatening but inconsistent, and Tim Paine (who’s as numerous First Class centuries as Stuart Broad) isn’t a Test batsman.
I believe Travis Head is an outstanding player with the potential but me impressed with his vigil on Sunday, so that he gets my nod.
I’ve a long price to finish up: Jofra Archer to be Man of the Match in a 12/1 that is large.
In other words, Archer is a match-winner, also 12/1 for a bowler as catastrophic as Archer to win MOTM on such a fast pitch (against a side who are without Steve Smith) is simply too big.