So we go to Headingley…
England have to reset once more as they journey up to Leeds, in which the visitors understand a victory would secure that the Ashes after Australia clung to secure an essential draw through an enthralling, pulsating, exciting Lord’s Test match.
The simple fact that one bad England day over the next three Tests might cost them the series has not been lost on anybody, so Joe Root will take it one game at a moment, and that I believe that the Three Lions beat the Aussies in Headingley to level the series.
After the Edgbaston conquer, we saw a significant momentum change in Lord’s. Since Kevin Pietersen’s debut in 2005 have seen a player make this kind of immediate effect on the England side, and his terrifying spell of fast bowling to rough up the imperious Steve Smith felt as a landmark moment for this particular England Test side. For the first time in a long, long time, England possess a weapon which will terrify the batsmen.
According CricViz, the Lord’s pitch we saw last week has been the second-slowest since 2005 to, nevertheless Headingley was England’s fastest pitch within precisely the time period. With the fear factor enclosing Jofra’s state rate, he can do some unspeakable damage to the delicate Aussie batting line-up — helped by the reliable Stuart Broad and Chris Woakes, obviously.
Australia have Pat Cummins in their side who will function as their own enforcer-in-chief, so it’s down to which team handles the barrage very best 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 from the runs last match, this seems a great storm for a comeback victory.
England’s recent consequences at Headingley have not been excellent –winning just three of their previous six–but as the Australians revealed in Birmingham, this is a series where the history books are going to be booted.
My suggestion for Australia’s top innings batsman to be Marnus Labuschagne.
Together with Steve Smith ruled out of the Test match, the impressive Labuschagne, who struck a half-century in Smith’s place to help save the game at Lord’s, will definitely arrive in.
The 25-year-old has been scoring runs for pleasure with Glamorgan this year, and seemed unfazed by Archer’s thunderbolts after being hit in the helmet when he arrived in — that is the sign of a gutsy, well-organised player.
David Warner (Stuart Broad’s bunny) can not buy a run, Cameron Bancroft is futile, Usman Khawaja is guess at England, Matthew Wade is threatening nevertheless inconsistent, and Tim Paine (who has since many First Class centuries as Stuart Broad) isn’t a Test batsman.
I think Travis Head is an outstanding player with potential so he gets my nod however me impressed with his vigil on Sunday.
I have a wonderful price to finish up: Jofra Archer to be Man of the Match at a gigantic 12/1.
To put it simply, Archer is a match-winner, also 12/1 for a bowler as devastating as Archer to win MOTM on such a quick pitch (against a side who are without Steve Smith) is just too significant.