16/04/2024

Australia celebrates its dominant 2021/22 Ashes series victory in Hobart. (Image: cricket.com.au)

Australia and England will pen another chapter in their storied rivalry as they square off in the first of five Ashes tests.

The hosts have revolutionised themselves under new coach Brendon McCullum, while the Aussies are reeling after their World Test Championship win against India.

Here are the series predictions from some of our pundits.

Callan Cummins

Series Result: Australia 3-1

Player of the Series: Marnus Labuschagne

Bold Prediction: Australia win the second test by an innings  

Predicted XI:

  1. David Warner
  2. Usman Khawaja
  3. Marnus Labuschagne
  4. Steve Smith
  5. Travis Head
  6. Cameron Green
  7. Alex Carey (wk)
  8. Pat Cummins
  9. Mitchell Starc
  10. Nathan Lyon
  11. Scott Boland

Jackson Mansell

Series Result: Australia 3-2

Player of the Series: Travis Head

Bold Prediction: Scott Boland to become the first player since Shane Warne to take 40 wickets in an Ashes series.

Predicted XI:

  1. David Warner
  2. Usman Khawaja
  3. Marnus Labuschagne
  4. Steve Smith
  5. Travis Head
  6. Cameron Green
  7. Alex Carey (wk)
  8. Pat Cummins
  9. Mitchell Starc
  10. Nathan Lyon
  11. Scott Boland

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Anthony Alesiani

Series Result: Australia 3-2

Player of the Series: Nathan Lyon

Bold Prediction: England fail to score 500 in an innings.

Predicted XI:

  1. David Warner
  2. Usman Khawaja
  3. Marnus Labuschagne
  4. Steve Smith
  5. Travis Head
  6. Cameron Green
  7. Alex Carey (wk)
  8. Pat Cummins
  9. Mitchell Starc
  10. Nathan Lyon
  11. Scott Boland

Lachlan Dand

Series Result: Australia 3-1

Player of the Series: Cameron Green

Bold Prediction: Cameron Green to take 20 wickets in the series  

Predicted XI:

  1. Usman Khawaja
  2. David Warner
  3. Marnus Labuschagne
  4. Steve Smith
  5. Travis Head
  6. Cameron Green
  7. Alex Carey (wk)
  8. Mitchell Starc
  9. Pat Cummins
  10. Nathan Lyon
  11. Scott Boland

The Ashes will run from June 16 to August 1.

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