While batsmen win you matches, bowlers win you tournaments. Especially the ones like the Ashes. We have seen over the recent years that the bowlers kept challenging the Test batsmen all around the world. Will the script hold good in Ashes 2019 to be played in England?
As England and Australia near the start of their iconic series, we look at the top three bowlers who could be decisive.
The highest wicket-taker for England in Test cricket, Anderson will be looking to add to his 575 Test scalps from 148 matches. His ability to make the ball talk in swinging conditions will make him a great threat.
Anderson has 368 wickets in 83 home Tests. The pacer has 104 wickets against the old enemies Australia in 31 Tests. With 5 five-wicket hauls and 1 ten-wicket match haul, Anderson has always troubled Australian batsmen. More importantly, Anderson has always taken wickets at crucial times for England. Joe Root will surely look for more impact from his opening bowler.
The owner of a dreaded yorker, Mitchell Starc is lethal in any form of cricket. The left-arm seamer has shown his importance for Australia in the World Cup with consistent performances. The change of format aside, Starc still remains the go-to-bowler for the visitors.
Injuries have robbed us of watching Starc for more matches, but a record of 211 wickets in 51 Tests is no mean achievement. Against England, he has 51 wickets in just 12 matches. England have shown a weakness to left-arm bowlers in the past and that could play to Starc’s advantage.
England teams of the past still have nightmares of a certain Glenn McGrath. The mean bowling machine is making a reappearance for Australia, albeit in the form of Josh Hazlewood. The lanky seamer enjoys the conditions and should make the ball talk in the off-stump corridor.
With 164 wickets in just 44 Tests, Hazlewood is a senior pro in the format. He has played just nine Tests against England, but has 37 wickets in those games. Interestingly, he has just one five-wicket haul and will be eager to change that script. With the ball expected to take swing in the initial phases, Australia will hope that Hazlewood can haunt England with McGrath nightmares.
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