With the series finely poised at 1-1 England and Australia head into the third Test at Edgbaston knowing a victory could be vital ahead of the fourth Test at Trent Bridge. Eventmasters are delighted to provide official Trent Bridge hospitality packages for the fourth match in the Ashes series from the outstanding Sobers Hall facility, which provides you with excellent views from behind the bowlers arm. Our Trent Bridge hospitality packages are the best way to experience the unique atmosphere of an Ashes Test match.
After being crushed by 169 runs in the opening Test at Cardiff, Australia responded with a devastating display of bowling in the second Test at Lords winning by 405 runs. England now have to regroup and launch a fightback at Edgbaston, scene of one of the greatest Test matches of all-time as England beat Australia by two runs. England responded to the second test defeat by replacing the struggling Gary Ballance with Jonny Bairstow, who has been averaging over 100 in the County Championship this season.
This move will see the batting order be reshuffled with Ian Bell and Joe Root moving up to accommodate Bairstow. Bell has also been struggling for form this summer but has been given a chance to find some form on his home ground. The Warwickshire star has admitted that Test cricket is a brutal environment, the 33-year-old said “It’s a brutal environment, international sport. Whether you’re batting three, four or five you’ve got to score hundreds and I’m looking forward to that challenge. I know that when I play at my best I’m a world-class cricketer.”
Stuart Broad is believes that England can bounce back at a ground that has seen England play some of their best cricket in recent years. Broad said “Let’s not forget that Edgbaston and Trent Bridge are two fantastic grounds for the England cricket team. “We should have a lot of confidence. The last Test I played at Edgbaston, Alastair Cook got 294 (against India in 2011) and we won by an innings.” Australia will be hoping to continue the build on the momentum gained from the victory at Lords.
Chris Rogers is winning the race to be fit to play in the third Test match, the opening batsman suffered from dizzy spells after taking a blow to the head in the second test. Rogers scored an impressive 173 in the first innings at Lords before retiring hurt on 49 in the second innings. The 37-year-old underwent concussion tests and batted in the nets on Monday and bowler Mitchell Starc stated “He seems to have come through pretty well. All reports are he is good to go.”
This series really is on a knife-edge as we enter the third match. Australia have the momentum and the firepower in the bowling attack to blow England away. However England have made the right change by bringing in Bairstow, this will allow Root to move up the order and hopefully counteract the Aussie’s pace bowling. It could really go either way.
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