#2. England's formidable batting line-up
England's heroes from the World Cup final, Ben Stokes and Jos Buttler, will be back for the first Ashes Test starting on August 1. These two had been rested for the one-off Test match against Ireland.
Jason Roy will most certainly open the batting in the first game. He recently made his Test debut against Ireland, and scored 0&72 in his two innings and was in devastating form in the ODI World Cup. England have also selected Rory Burns and Joe Denly in their squad. Either one of them will partner Roy at the top of the order.
England's middle-order looks quite sharp with guys like Joe Root, Jos Buttler, Ben Stokes, and Jonny Bairstow all being in good form. The question looms over Moeen Ali's batting form as he would look to stake his place in the lower middle-order. But England bat very deep nonetheless and guys like Chris Woakes, Sam Curran, Adil Rashid have all got runs in red-ball cricket.
Overall England's batting line-up looks more complete and challenging than Australia's.
Also read – Ashes Most DucksPublished 28 Jul 2019, 23:51 IST