The Ashes are set to begin on the 8th of December. After their winning campaign in T20 World Cup, Australia will look to take advantage of the home conditions and retain the Ashes trophy. The last time England toured Australia in 2018, they were beaten 4 – 0 under root’s captaincy and root has admitted that Ashes will define his captaincy.
During the Press Conference, Root said, “So from our point of view, obviously, a lot of teams have struggled in the past to get results here, so of course we will take confidence from it. Credit to India they played exceptionally well throughout the whole series and in many ways, set a good example for any touring team to come here and play. So, yes, we will try and lean on few learnings throughout that series but we also got to play to our strength as well and make sure that we are doing things our way and just grabbed those big moments in the series I think that’s going to be the key.”
India was a depleted side during their 2020 – 2021 tour of Australia as Virat Kohli went home for the birth of his daughter and all front-line fast bowlers were injured. Despite that, the team bounced back from their 36 all-out defeat at Adelaide and won the test series by winning the last match at Gabba, which remained the fortress of the Australian side until India defeated them.
Cummins will debut as the Test Captain of the side. Before him, there was no full-time fast bowler as a captain in the history of 144 years of Australian Cricket. Ray Lindwall was the last bowler who captained Australia for just one test match versus the Indian side.
Australia has announced their squad for the first two matches. They have opted for Travis Head as wicket-keeper batsman over Usman Khawaja and Mitchell Starc over Jhye Richardson.
The 2019 England Ashes was a closely contested affair and saw the momentum swing to both cricketing sides throughout the games. Ben Stokes, played a remarkable inning of 135 not out in the second innings of the Headingly Test match, and snatch the victory from the jaws of the Australians. He is making a return to international cricket after an indefinite break from cricket due to mental fatigue. The contest between Warner and Broad is also much awaited. During the last Ashes, the fast bowler made the batsman his bunny by getting him out seven times, including four ducks.