Match Preview

Australia will face England in the 2nd Test match of Ashes 2021 on 16 December at Adelaide Oval. The hosts, led by Pat Cummins, are 1-0 up in the five-match Test series after a comprehensive nine-wicket victory in the first match at The Gabba in Brisbane. The hosts have stamped their influence on the proceedings since the first day, and the deal was sealed midway through the fourth day.

The second Test, which will be played under floodlights, is expected to be a very different experience. The pink ball has the potential to give batters a lot of headaches, especially late at night. If England loses, they will be under tremendous pressure to save the series.

Pitch and Weather Report

The pitch is inclined more towards the bowling side and chasing would be easier.

Clear Skies with temperatures at 32 – 33° C


Total matches                          79

Matches won batting first        38

Matches won bowling first      22

Average 1st Inns scores         385

Average 2nd Inns scores        354

Average 3rd Inns scores         278

Average 4th Inns scores         213

Highest total recorded            674/10 (151.3 Ov) by AUS vs IND

Lowest total recorded             82/10 (25.7 Ov) by AUS vs WI

Top Wicket-Keeper picks

1) Jos Buttler – Buttler, a hard-hitting batsman and wicketkeeper, is seen as a player with all the tools to excel in the longer format of the game. At a young age, he was introduced to competitive cricket.

Matches – 54

Runs – 2862

Average – 33.27

Top 4 Batsman Picks

1) David Warner- The left-handed batter remains a bowlers’ nightmare, and his newfound ability to bat long and deep into an innings is possibly his most valuable quality. Without a doubt, he will be a key player for Australia in the upcoming match.

Matches – 87

Runs – 7405

Average – 48.39

2) Steven Smith – He still fidgets between balls, but he could play every stroke in the book, as well as a couple that defied description. Smith is quick-footed and skilled against spin, but he’s also capable of driving and pulling fast bowlers. Steven Smith’s career redemption is a story for the ages.

Matches – 78

Runs – 7552

Average – 61.39                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     3) Travis Head – The left-handed batsman’s ability in the longer format has led his team to many victories. His power down the ground and penchant for switch-hitting is what makes him an asset in the next match.

Matches – 20

Runs – 1305

Average – 43.50

4) Joe Root – By the time Root was chosen Test captain, he had racked up 53 Tests in five years with an average top side of 50, comfortably the most among current England players. He was little of build, perky of shot, and with a scampish grin that went under a bowler’s skin.

Matches – 110

Runs – 9367

Average – 50.09

Top 5 Bowler Picks

1) Mark Wood – He’s not like Harmison or any of the other traditional English bowlers. Wood stands 6 feet tall and is a terrific hit-the-deck bowler. He gets some movement, but his pace usually puts him ahead of the batsman. The right-handed quick can set a fast pace and regularly bowl at 140 kph or above.

Matches – 22

Wickets – 67

Economy – 3.26

2) Mitchell Starc – Starc ripped through batting line-ups at a rapid rate, hurting batsmen with a mix of chin music and searing toe-crushing yorkers. He has established himself as the offensive player of Australia in all formats.

Matches – 62

Wickets – 258

Economy – 3.35

3) Pat Cummins – During the win celebrations, everyone was talking about this amazing fast bowler who has all of the necessary tools for a pace bowler. In 2011, a feisty Pat Cummins made his Test debut on a luscious Wanderers pitch, igniting the international stage. In this Ashes series, he has been in excellent form.

Matches – 35

Wickets – 171

Economy – 2.74

4) Chris Woakes – He’s a useful player because of his ability to strike with the new ball and also bowl well at the death. It is also commonly recognised that, given his basic technique and power-hitting abilities, he can be a very effective batsman.

Matches – 40

Wickets – 121

Economy – 3.01

5) Nathon Lyon – The right-arm off break bowler has been in excellent form and performed excellently in the most recent games. For the upcoming match, he is an excellent fantasy choice.

Matches – 101

Wickets – 403

Economy – 2.98

Top All-rounder Pick

1) Marnus Labuschagne – His great batting ability has secured him a berth in the Australian Test team for the time being, as he strives to settle into a groove with his batting skills in the lower middle-order. He is still in the honeymoon phase with his Baggy Green at the moment.

Matches – 19

Runs – 1959

Average – 61.21

Wickets – 12

Economy – 3.67

Predicted Playing 11


Rory Burns, Haseeb Hameed, Dawid Malan, Joe Root (c), Ben Stokes, Ollie Pope, Jos Buttler (wk), Chris Woakes/Stuart Broad, Ollie Robinson, Mark Wood, Jack Leach.


David Warner, Marcus Harris, Marnus Labuschagne, Steven Smith, Travis Head, Cameron Green, Alex Carey (WK), Pat Cummins (C), Mitchell Starc, Nathan Lyon, Jhye Richardson.


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