So can you beat Australia? We usually favour the home team but with New Zealand blitzing England at Headingly and Australia still being Australia, there are more and more doubts about England’s chances, which seemed pretty good just a week ago with their Test win at Lords and Bayliss being announced as the new coach.
With the help of recent performances of two teams, we highlight some of the key qualities needed if England are to pull off a shock win in the Ashes 2015, starts on July 8 at Sophia Gardens in Cardiff.
England’s last five Tests have included two wins, two defeats and a draw, concluding with the 199-run loss to Kiwis at Headingley in the Second Test, that means England looks unstable to take on Aussie next month – and there is a short time to correct them.
However England skipper Alastair Cook return to form is the good news for English fans. The 30-year-old has two centuries and four fifties this year.
Ben Stokes stunning performance at Lord’s confirmed his potential, along with Cook, Joe Root and Ian Bell, he is one of four players with an Ashes century.
Stokes, 24, could not perform in every game as he did at Lord’s against New Zealand, yet he must be granted patience and indulgence. He is a man who can make some trouble to Australia with both bat and ball.
The vice-captain Joe Root seems to be in good form with the bat remains excellent. The twenty-four year old has got the capability of appearing to take his job seriously, which ease pressure on opponent team.
The Durham fast bowler Mark Wood has done enough in two Tests, being always consistent – took important wickets at crucial times and his stunning pace can trouble the odds.
Ian Bell is a key batsman who never disappoint, but a slump of only 55-runs in an eight innings must be a problem. Though he is struggling. The 33-year-old versatile is backbone to the England batting line-up and had enjoyed an outstanding Ashes series in 2013.
There are numerous things going right for England’s bowling attack. James Anderson and Stuart Broad continues to improve with their excellent skills, which is what Australia are bound to do.
Moeen Ali may begin the Ashes as first-choice spinner, but he is giving a problem because of his control since the final Test against West Indies in Barbados.
The question now is whether or not England are to regain the urn? and The Ashes 2015 will give us the answer.