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Chris Hyde – CA

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Australian captain Pat Cummins has an excellent record at The Gabba

Chris Hyde – CA

Free cricket advice, top bets and analysis for Wednesday’s first test between Australia and England in Brisbane.

Where to look

BT Sport 1, Wednesday midnight

Best bets

Marnus Labuschagne scores a fifty in the first round
2pts 13-8 Betfair, Paddy Power

Pat Cummins will take control of 4.5 wickets in the game
Evs 2pts bet365

Dawid Malan is England’s top scorer in the first leg
1pt 11-2 Betfair, Paddy Power

Team news

Australia
Pat Cummins will captain the Australians for the first time and wicket keeper Alex Carey is set for his test debut. Travis Head will beat at number five, after getting the green light on Usman Khawaja.

England
James Anderson is resting for the day-night match in Adelaide but Ben Stokes is available to play his first test since March. Dawid Malan is likely to strike at number three with Ollie Pope preferred over Jonny Bairstow at six.

Preview of the first test

Australia suffered their first Test loss at Gabba since 1988 against India in January, but they look solid favorites to start the Ashes series with a victory over England at the Brisbane venue.

La Nina’s summer thunderstorms are seen as a greater threat to Aussies chances than England and the draw has been cut with rain breaks scheduled for the first two days.

It took a mind-boggling chase by a fearless young Indian team to end the hosts’ long unbeaten run at Gabba and it’s hard to see England follow suit after a troubled preparation for the series.

Joe Root’s men have won their first three test matches of 2021 in Sri Lanka and India, but have won just one victory in nine subsequent outings and Australia’s 11 for Pat Cummins’ opener. as a captain are bursting with quality and experience.

English bowlers know all about the threat from Steve Smith and David Warner, especially at home, but Marnus Labuschagne is equally well regarded in the Australian top scorer market.

Labuschagne had a groundbreaking streak in the 2019 Ashes, where he was pushed into action as a concussion substitute for Smith, scoring four fifty-one 48 in just seven innings.

Since then he has made nine test matches, all at home, and his first-end scores were 185, 162, 143, 63, 215, 47, 48, 91 and 108.

Labuschagne’s three test appearances at Gabba, his home ground, yielded centuries against Pakistan and India and an 81 against Sri Lanka and 13-8 on him reaching 50 in the opening rounds of the series is attractively priced – it’s as short as 10-11 elsewhere.

New skipper Cummins has a lot on his mind as he becomes the first fast bowler to captain the Australian test team since Ray Lindwall in 1956.

However, like Labuschagne, he has a formidable record at Gabba and he should be backed to take five or more wickets in the series opener.

After an injury-ravaged start to his career, Cummins has become one of the world’s most reliable pace-throwers and he has won 25 wickets in just four Brisbane tests. His strike rate from Gabba of a wicket every 39.9 balls compares favorably to those of Mitchell Starc (50.9) and Josh Hazlewood (53.9) and he set a career-best 6-23 against the Sri Lanka in 2019.

In his final innings of bowling at the venue, Cummins rejected four of India’s top six and he is expected to cause major problems for England’s batting unit.

His counterpart Root is clearly the key target for Australian bowlers, having scored six of England’s seven centuries of testing in 2021. England have won four of their 12 tests this year and Root’s contributions to those wins were 228 , 186, 218. and 121.

None of this is wasted for the bookies and given he has a high score of just 87 after 17 innings in Australia, it is worth taking on the favorite for the top scorers.

Dawid Malan finished the 2017-18 Ashes streak as England’s top scorer, helped by an excellent 140 in Perth and a 50 in the first set at Gabba.

After three years off the test squad, Malan was called up to bat three against India last summer, shooting 70 at Headingley and 31 and five at The Oval.

Malan has shown he has a temper for international cricket, reaching number one in the ICC Twenty20 batting rankings, and his skills against bowling make him an attractive bet to get the highest score in the opening innings of series.

Weather forecast

Scattered thunderstorms are forecast for days one, two and five, but days three and four are expected to be cloudy but dry. Temperatures range from 27C to 31C.


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FIRST POSTED 19:00, DEC 6 2021



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